Dry and chapped hands - Tips from dermatologists 

Dry and chapped hands - Tips from dermatologists 
Photo from: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/cracked-skin

What causes your hands to be dry?

Having dry hands is common. Although not technically a dangerous condition, it can be a very irritating one.

In most cases, dry hands are caused by environmental conditions. Weather, for example, can cause dry hands. Frequent handwashing, exposure to chemicals, and certain medical conditions can dry out the skin on your hands, too.

How does the skin on hands differ from the rest of the body?

Hand (and foot) skin is much thicker than skin on the rest of your body. That’s why it doesn’t get irritated right away when you touch harsh chemicals (like house cleaning products), and it doesn’t chap as quickly as other areas of your skin.

However, for a prolonged period of time, the chemicals may have an effect on your hand skin such as dryness or peeling.

What ingredients should you look for in moisturisers and how often should you moisturize your hands?

It’s important to take good care of your hand skin, and that means using the right hand care products. 

This is especially true in the raining seasons when your hands are the most prone to chapping.  

First, use only gentle soaps to wash. And then, apply a moisturizer immediately after drying your hands as often as you possibly can. Look for moisturisers that contain glycerin and lanolin and rich hydrating oils.

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Do I need medical attention?

You should only consult a dermatologist when the dryness on your skin has affected your daily activities or has spread all over your body as the dryness can be a mild and temporary  syndrome.

However,  there may still be some underlying conditions that may not appear immediately and may require medical attention.

An underlying condition for frequent dry skin may include:

  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Diabetes
  • Underactive thyroid gland

Dermatitis, also known as eczema, is a condition whereby the dryness of the skin results in intense itch and red patches on the skin. Dermatitis can be treated with skin creams that relieves the itch. However, it cannot be cured. 

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Psoriasis is the inflammation and redness on your skin which arises from dryness and frequent contact with chemicals such as detergents. They typically develop on joints, such elbows and knees and anywhere on the body.

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Dermatologist's 3 Hand Washing Tips to Avoid Drying-out Your Hand Skin

  • Firstly, lather only the tougher dirty palm side of your hands. Unless the thinner skin on the back or your hands has also gotten dirty or has come into contact with germs, you want to avoid washing this thinner skin over and over throughout the day.
  • Be sure to rinse off all hand soap really well. Hand soap that stays on your hands will pull out your skin oils and dry and irritate your skin. Pay special attention to the space between your fingers where soap residue often hides.
  • Use only very mild hand cleansers for hand washing. Strong soaps like dish soap are harsh on the skin. Plus, adding oil or 'moisturizing ingredients' to a harsh soap doesn’t necessarily stop the soap from being harsh on your skin. 

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Adapted from: https://drbaileyskincare.com/blogs/blog/dermatologists-tips-for-dry-chapped-painful-hand-skin

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