How To Soothe Sore Hands From Hand Washing

Sore hands from hand washing

Washing hard-working hands several times a day with soap and water can leave them with a damaged skin barrier, opening them up to irritation and inflammation, especially if you’re already prone to eczema or psoriasis.

Try these tips to keep them in the best possible condition:

  • Wash with luke-warm, not piping hot, water
  • Use a gentle, ph-neutral foaming wash rather than a high alkaline bar soap
  • Pat dry(ish: you don’t want them bone dry) with a clean paper towel - and dispose of the towel in a bin!
  • Moisturise slightly-damp hands immediately
  • Keep moisturising throughout the day, even when you’re not washing your hands
  • Give hands a super-boost of nourishing balm at night: apply generously then wear thin cotton gloves overnight
  • Choose oil-based balms rather than creams if your skin is cracked, sore or bleeding
hand eczema

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