Things to keep in mind while using a hand sanitiser
As a result of the COVID-19 scare hand santisers have vanished from the market. And while there is no dispute over their effectiveness to sanitise hands, regular overuse can also take a toll on your skin. Here are a few things one should keep in mind while using them according to Dr Rinky Kapoor, a consultant dermatologist and cosmetic dermatologist.
It makes the skin dry
The alcohol in hand sanitisers irritates and dries out the skin. This makes it susceptible to cracks and contact dermatitis.
Prone to sunburn
Too much use of hand sanitisers can make your skin sensitive to UV light. This happens because the alcohol thins the layers of the skin, and makes it easier for sun rays to penetrate deep in the skin of your hands.
Speeds up the ageing process
Dryness, sensitivity to sunlight, lack of natural hydration can lead to increased appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, cracks, and flakiness on hands.
Could cause allergies
Some ‘alcohol-free’ hand sanitisers use triclosan instead of alcohol. This product is used in cleaning agents and in pesticides. It can penetrate in the skin layers, and cause allergic reactions. Hence, it’s important to know the ingredients used.
Does not get rid of food residue
The alcohol in hand sanitisers kills the bacterial but it does not break down the greasy and sugary food residue. Therefore, when you touch your hands to the face this residue gets transferred and causes acne and breakouts on the skin.
What you can also do for your skin
Make sure to wash hands with soap and water whenever possible. It cleans food residue and does not dry the skin. Use hand santisers only when you cannot access a wash basin. Also, make sure to moisturise your skin at the end of the day.