I get the opportunity to speak with many people who suffer with Dermatitis/Eczema on their hands. These people are mostly Mums and Nurses as they need to wash their hands more often. I have seen many hands that are so very sore, if you have cracked bleeding palms – your hands will require extensive time for healing.
Mums and nurses cannot forego washing their hands, but can investigate the more gentle hand wash products available – mums can do this, but nurses have to stick to regulated soaps. So, how do we go about tackling this dilemma?
Well, night time is the opportune time for healing. Grab a good moisturising natural hand cream and a moisture barrier – a moisture barrier is a Butter & Oil based Balm. When you mix a good hand cream and moisture barrier together you have TLC skin care magic. It is always best to use a hand cream which is more lotion based rather than a cream for this purpose. Your skin needs hydrating, the balms themselves cannot do this job alone as they are more of a barrier than a hydrator. An Aloe Vera based lotion/cream is ideal for this purpose. The moisture barrier is then applied over the top to prevent the hydration from escaping/evaporating. Because sore sensitive skin tends to heat up evaporation is quicker in this regard. Carry out this routine for a few nights and you’ll notice a difference. Continue to do this every night and you should be able to heal the damage you are exposed to during the day. Then it is just a matter of maintenance. Best Tip: apply the moisture barrier to damp hand creamed hands in order to seal in as much moisture as possible.
Take opportunities during the day to apply your hand care products to your poorly hands – even if it just allowed to seep into the skin for a half an hour, it is still better than nothing. Perhaps during break times for Nurses? Nap times for Mums? If you cannot stop washing your hands, then it is important to topically counteract any damage done during the day.
If your skin still feels like it is burning/stinging and itching - you need to apply more hydration. Applying a moisture barrier on top of a skin lacking hydration is not a good idea, and can thus create more heat for your skin - the moisture barrier traps the sensitive skin heat. Don't worry - trying to get this bit right comes with practice. Most people mistake the moisture barrier for being the problem, rather than using it for what it is good for, keeping the hydration next to the skin.
Of course, there are no set rules – just try to find a suitable routine, a part of the day where you can take time out to repair the skin damage. If you can, wear cotton gloves every time you apply your hand cream & moisture barrier, this will help with the hydrating process.
Finally, always remember to feed the skin from within, ensuring to consume a healthy diet especially absorbing the appropriate amounts of essential fatty acids to keep skin soft and supple.
If your symptoms persist, you must seek medical guidance from your doctor.
With Love, Angie XX