Hand eczema and dermatitis management
Avoidance of triggers to reduce chronic hand eczema
The hands are routinely exposed to irritants and allergens in the work or home environments. Therefore, the avoidance of common irritants and allergens is key in the management of chronic hand dermatitis.
Anyone with hand eczema needs to protect their hands with heavy-duty vinyl gloves. This is because most people with chronic hand eczema are allergic to rubber and cannot tolerate rubber gloves. Most importantly, it is critical to discard any gloves that develops a hole. The use of washable cotton gloves as a liner under the vinyl gloves are also helpful.
If you have hand dermatitis you should avoid direct contact with lemons, oranges, potatoes, and tomatoes, which have irritant properties and are potential allergens. In addition, direct contact with paints, paint thinner, furniture, and shoe polishes should be avoided because they contain solvents.
Using an antibacterial hand wash
Anyone living with chronic hand eczema and dermatitis should wash their hands with lukewarm water and mild anti-bacterial body wash. Our Body Wash is a perfect PH formula that will not strip the skin of natural oils. They should remove the soap carefully from their web spaces and dry gently. Soaps provide an alkaline environment and are surface-active agents that are not gentle for the skin. Wearing jewellery, including rings on the fingers, is always a place for trapping of the allergens and retaining local moisture.
Soothing relief and hydration for hand eczema
Frequent use of a moisturiser provides protection and strengthens skin barrier function. An antibacterial moisturiser or emollient should be used in all people suffering hand dermatitis. Our antibacterial Hand Cream makes the skin soft, covering the skin with an antibacterial barrier to stop loss of moisture. More importantly, our Hand Cream helps to curb any staphylococcal bacteria, which occurs when the skin barrier is compromised.