Hand washing for Eczema and Psoriasis
At MamaSia we have the advantage of having those with professional knowledge on how to maintain your skin and wellbeing.
Co-founder Maame is qualified a Beauty Therapist and Wellness Coach, and she advised that at this time it is important to wash hands regardless of the skin condition, including eczema and psoriasis.
After speaking with our associates at the Eczema society, we discussed the importance of hand washing , and wanted to share those findings with you.
Strategies for protection include:
- After washing hands with soap and water, re-wash using emollient to help protect the skin, and then use a Vitamin E moisturiser such as our Shea wonder, Shea Amethyst or Shea Zest
- Use emollients like Shea Butter or Moringa Oil to help to moisturise the hands after washing and at other times during the day when the skin feels dry and sore.
- Dry hands well after washing by gently patting them dry, not rubbing.
- Rehydrate sore dry hands overnight, using our butters and wear clean cotton gloves.
- Wear nitrile gloves if you need to handle washing up substances or other cleaning products that can irritate the skin. These provide a physical barrier for the skin and can be purchased from chemists or from online shops.
- If you develop more severe hand eczema or suspect your skin is infected, you should contact your GP.
- If you feel you need to use sanitising gel (which may irritate your eczema), apply your usual ointment such as Baobab oil afterwards to minimise any irritant effect. There is no eczema-friendly hand sanitizer, as they all contain alcohol, which dries out the skin, we advise that soap and water is best all round and moisturising is key for you at this time as well as having clean hands.
For more information on how to protect your eczema and psoriasis contact: https://eczema.org/information-and-advice/