Hand eczema and dry skin – how to prevent it!

In a short time, the Netherlands is completely under the spell of the COVID-19 epidemic. The advice to wash your hands often and for a long time with soap is one of the good strategies to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Many questions about dry skin and what you can do about it

Our natural protection is the top layer of skin (epidermis) and there is also a layer of fat between the skin cells. You can compare it to bricks and cement where the skin cells are bricks and the fat layer is the cement. It protects us against skin dehydration and harmful invaders such as fungi and bacteria.

By washing your hands more frequently, disinfecting hand alcohol and other external influences, the thin layer of fat can disappear. As a result, your skin cannot retain moisture properly and you develop dry skin. In a mild form, there is often only flakiness without complaints, but if the skin becomes very dry, itching and eczema develop.

Preventing hand eczema, how do you do it?

1. Use a hypoallergenic soap solution without perfumes
2. Lukewarm water, not too hot or cold
3. After drying, use a greasy cream without perfume. Also apply a moisturizing cream as much as possible in between. A lotion that feels more pleasant contains more water in percentage terms, so that a lotion dries out the skin more.
4. Avoid direct skin contact with irritating substances such as solvents, adhesives, polishes, vinegar, acids, citrus juices, herbs, leeks, and onions.
5. Use a mild disinfectant, one brand can irritate more than the other.

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Hand Eczema

While you are here

The advice is to wash and/or disinfect your hands well and thoroughly for at least 15 seconds. Another problem can arise, hand eczema by frequent hands. In a mild form, there is often only flakiness without complaints, but if the skin becomes very dry, itching and hand eczema develop. There are different types of hand eczema, even though they look similar. Depending on the stage in which the eczema is located, you will get different types of complaints from hand eczema. Read more about different forms of hand eczema

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Dr. Francis Wu

Dr. Francis Wu, een vooraanstaande dermatoloog, is de drijvende kracht achter Iconic Elements. Hij heeft sinds 2004 zijn expertise ingezet om een veilige en effectieve huidverzorgingslijn te creëren, geschikt voor zowel gezonde huid als huidproblemen. Iconic Elements, opgericht in 2016, is de eerste brede skincare lijn in Nederland ontwikkeld door een dermatoloog. Als medisch specialist streeft Dr. Wu naar het bevorderen van het welzijn van mensen door hoogwaardige en effectieve huidverzorgingsproducten te bieden. De proefdiervrije en vegan producten vermijden schadelijke chemicaliën en bevatten natuurlijke ingrediënten.
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