Protecting the skin barrier is crucial
Your skin barrier can be damaged, if your skin is exposed to external irritants such as paper, soil, animals, excessive water, and soap.
If your skin barrier is damaged, your skin’s natural water content evaporates through the damaged skin barrier, leaving the skin dry. At the same time, your skin becomes more susceptible to both infections and irritants and you can develop contact dermatitis.
To repair your skin barrier or to maintain a healthy skin barrier and protect it from irritants, you can apply a protective yet invisible non-greasy extra barrier on your skin.
Contact dermatitis and hand eczema: Red, chapped hands
Red, dry, and chapped hands can be caused by contact dermatitis. Contact dermatitis can cause itching and a stinging, burning pain. Contact dermatitis mostly occurs because the skin is exposed to frequent contact with occupational irritants. For instance, in connection with:
- frequent handwashing
- wet work (frequent exposure of the hands to water)
- wearing rubber gloves for a long time
- contact with construction materials and paper
- contact with different detergents, chemicals or solvents that damage the skin.
Contact dermatitis is often work-related
There is a clear connection between how often, how long and how much you expose your hands to external irritants and your risk of developing contact dermatitis.
Particularly exposed groups
If you have dry skin or atopic eczema, you are more at risk of developing contact dermatitis on your hands because your skin barrier is already damaged. Contact dermatitis on the hands is 2-3 times more common in women than men and is most common in people ages 20-40.
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Skin exposed to make-up
The facial skin is often exposed to chemicals from make-up all day long, and this is hard on your skin. You can protect your facial skin before you apply make-up.
If you suspect allergy
If you suspect your rash is caused by an allergic reaction (allergic contact dermatitis), you should contact your physician. Your physician can help you determine what caused the allergic reaction and how to prevent it from worsening.