Are you finding that continual applications of alcohol-based hand sanitiser is flaring up your skin? While for most people that high concentration of alcohol can cause dryness, for others there is also a definite reaction to ingredients within the sanitiser itself.
If you’re one of those who are sensitive or even allergic to hand sanitiser, there are a few things you can do to soothe your skin in the event of a flare-up.
- If you have an immediate reaction to the sanitiser, find water and wash it off as soon as possible. Wash your hands according to official advice for Covid-19, and then pat dry with a paper towel.
- Apply a thick layer of anhydrous balm, such as Skin Salvation. Don’t use water-based creams, or emollients with SLS (sulphates) or fragrance in them.
- Next, change your sanitiser! Find one that is free from extra ingredients - fragrance, colour - that aren’t necessary for the gel to work against viruses and bacteria.
- Vegetable glycerin or aloe gel in the hand sanitiser can also help mitigate the effects of alcohol on the skin, without reducing its effectiveness.
- Ice packs held against the affected area can help cool down inflammation and reduce the urge to itch.
- Keep applying the balm throughout the day, and finish off with an application under thin cotton dermatological gloves, worn overnight for extra potency.
- If your reaction is severe, causing swelling or shortness of breath, consult a doctor as soon as possible.
Balmonds Natural Shampoo & Body Wash with calendula & chamomile, £19 for 200ml
Skin Salvation balm with hemp seed and beeswax, from £7.99 for 30ml
Balmonds Hand Sanitiser Gel with lemongrass & tea tree, £8 for 100ml
If you require medical advice we recommend you always contact your healthcare professional.
If you or someone you are caring for seems very unwell, is getting worse or you think there's something seriously wrong, call for emergency services straight away. For general medical advice, please contact your healthcare professional, this article does not contain or replace medical advice.
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