Eczema-Friendly Hand Sanitiser

Hand sanitisers are convenient, however, they can cause irritation, drying, and flare up skin eczema. Finding a hand sanitizer that won’t radically dry out your hands can be hard but it is also possible. So we have gathered a few tips to choose the best hand sanitiser that doesn't flame up your eczema.

1. Understand the ingredients of hand sanitiser

The reason why hand sanitiser is so drying is the same as why it can kill bacteria. It is necessary for hand sanitisers to be made of at least 70% isopropyl alcohol, killing the most germs, bacteria, and viruses. There are many brands that carry the 90% range to make it more effective and causing dehydration since alcohol is one of the most drying ingredients used in skin products.

2. Look for non-drying formulas

Now that you understand why it makes your hands dry, it’s time to pay attention to the formula that will help cut out some drying effects. Looking for calming and soothing ingredients is the key to keeping your hands’ moisture content and avoiding hand eczema from developing.

Essential oil is a great addition to hand sanitiser because it helps to preserve moisture on our skin, keeping the hand soft and smooth without drying it out.

3. Choose the natural moisturiser

One thing to keep in mind is using hydrating hand sanitisers can lower the possibility of getting skin irritation and hand eczema, however, there is still a chance for dryness due to high alcohol content. Because of this, frequently reapplying to moisturise after sanitising is necessary.

Irritations should be treated with regular use of moisturiser containing emollients to trap moisture in. The moisture barrier is the most important aspect of preventing eczema, redness, itching, and scaling.

4. Use soap and cleansing bar instead

If possible, you should aim to wash your hands instead of using a hand sanitiser. While many people think that soaps can still be drying, they don’t contain high alcohol content. The formula to look for should be soap-free, fragrance-free, and preservative-free.

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