We have been using many disinfectants to protect against the virus for a long time. These products are useful, although prolonged use can damage the skin (dehydration, destruction of beneficial bacteria, allergies, eczema, increased skin sensitivity, etc.). Human skin is a barrier that protects the body from the penetration of various pathogens, say dermatologists. There needs to be a healthy micro-biom to keep the skin functioning normally and staying healthy. There are certain measures to reduce the harmful effects of disinfection and soap, dermatologists say.
- It is desirable to use disinfectants with hypo-chloric acid and without alcohol (alcohol dries the cells of the skin barrier, which can cause irritation, allergies, skin infections, cracked skin, edema and redness). This combination of water, chloride and a small amount of vinegar is less harmful to the microbiome and the skin barrier and strong enough to destroy viruses.
- It is advisable to use warm water to wash your hands as hot water dries the skin. It is advisable to immediately rub a moisturizer into the still damp skin of the hands, which enables longer moisture retention.
- It is desirable to use more hydrating creams and lotions for hand care. It is desirable to nourish the face with non-greasy face creams. This type of preparation does not grease the skin and will not increase the risk of acne / eczema / dermatological problems, and at the same time maintains the quality and function of the surface layer of the skin.