Protecting the skin barrier is crucial
Your skin barrier can be damaged, if your skin is exposed to external irritants such as excessive use of water and soap, or harsh hand sanitizer.
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 Staphylococcus bacteria, infections, and irritants. You also become more likely to develop contact dermatitis and allergies.
To help maintain a healthy skin barrier and protect it from irritants, you can apply a protective yet invisible, non-greasy cream that acts like an extra barrier on your skin.
Contact dermatitis and hand eczema: red, cracked hands
Red, dry, and cracked hands can be caused by contact dermatitis, as well as itching, stinging, and burning.
Contact dermatitis occurs most often when skin is exposed to frequent contact with irritants. These can include:
- frequent handwashing or frequent exposure of the hands to water
- wearing rubber gloves for long periods of time
- contact with construction materials and paper
- contact with 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 the extent to which hands are exposed to external irritants and the risk of developing contact dermatits.
Particularly exposed groups
If you have dry skin or atopic eczema, there is a higher risk of developing contact dermatitis on your hands because the skin barrier is already damaged.
Contact dermatitis on the hands is 2-3 times more common in women than men and is most common for people ages 20-40.
1. Contact dermatitis – Lægehåndbogen from sundhed.dk 8/07/20
Skin exposed to make-up
Makeup exposes several potentially irritating chemicals to the skin. You can protect your skin barrier from potential irritation by applying a protective cream over the face before applying makeup.
If you suspect allergy
If you suspect your rash is caused by an allergic reaction (allergic contact dermatitis), you should contact your healthcare professional. Your healthcare professional can help you determine the cause of the allergic reaction and explain how to prevent symptoms from worsening.