Are you finding that continual applications of alcohol-based hand sanitiser is flaring up your skin? While for most people that high concentration of alcohol can cause dryness, for others there is also a definite reaction to ingredients within the sanitiser itself.
If you’re one of those who are sensitive or even allergic to hand sanitiser, there are a few things you can do to soothe your skin in the event of a flare-up.
- If you have an immediate reaction to the sanitiser, find water and wash it off as soon as possible. Wash your hands according to official advice for Covid-19, and then pat dry with a paper towel.
- Apply a thick layer of anhydrous balm, such as Skin Salvation. Don’t use water-based creams, or emollients with SLS (sulphates) or fragrance in them.
- Next, change your sanitiser! Find one that is free from extra ingredients - fragrance, colour - that aren’t necessary for the gel to work against viruses and bacteria.
- Vegetable glycerin or aloe gel in the hand sanitiser can also help mitigate the effects of alcohol on the skin, without reducing its effectiveness.
- Ice packs held against the affected area can help cool down inflammation and reduce the urge to itch.
- Keep applying the balm throughout the day, and finish off with an application under thin cotton dermatological gloves, worn overnight for extra potency.
- If your reaction is severe, causing swelling or shortness of breath, consult a doctor as soon as possible.
Balmonds Natural Shampoo & Body Wash with calendula & chamomile, £19 for 200ml
Skin Salvation balm with hemp seed and beeswax, from £7.99 for 30ml
Balmonds Hand Sanitiser Gel with lemongrass & tea tree, £8 for 100ml