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How can you prevent eczema on your hands?

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  • Wash your hands only when they're dirty or have germs, like after you use the bathroom.
  • Each time you wash up, you rinse away some of the nourishing oils that your skin makes.
  • Be picky when you choose soaps, because some have harsh chemicals. Look for products that don’t use the word “soap” but instead say “mild cleansing bars” or “lipid-free cleansers.” These are gentler on sensitive skin.\
  • Before you lather up, take off your rings -- they can trap irritants next to your skin. Rinse your hands with lukewarm water, then pat them dry before you put your rings back on.

SOURCES:

Sejal Shah, MD, dermatologist, Schweiger Dermatology, New York City.

Robert Anolik, MD, dermatologist, Laser & Skin Surgery Center, New York City, and medical director for Beauty Bar.

EczemaNet: “Daily Skin Care Essential to Control Atopic Dermatitis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on April 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Sejal Shah, MD, dermatologist, Schweiger Dermatology, New York City.

Robert Anolik, MD, dermatologist, Laser & Skin Surgery Center, New York City, and medical director for Beauty Bar.

EczemaNet: “Daily Skin Care Essential to Control Atopic Dermatitis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on April 14, 2018

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