Hand sanitizer has become a vital part of saving our lives during this COVID 19 pandemic. This is now treated as a primary essential and irrefutable need. Whereas, masks and social distancing are considered as secondary essentials. The sanitizer has long been an essential item because it deals effectively with germs and bacteria. Excessive use of it helps to kill good bacteria.

Some medical reports have shown that alcohol-based sanitizers are more effective in killing bacteria and prevent the spread of disease. However, excessive use of this sanitizer causes severe skin problems. In addition, people encountered other issues such as dryness, redness, and irritation. However, both alcohol-based and alcohol-free hand sanitizers provide good results. Good sanitizer habits should be adopted to prevent their negative effects.

Moderation is best

Excessive use of anything can prove dangerous. The same goes for hand sanitizers. If it is used in a limited amount, it is very fruitful to kill bacteria. But if used in excessive amounts, it damages the skin and causes dermatitis.

Unwanted Chemical Contaminate the Skin

If you use hand sanitizer too much, the unwanted chemicals in it play a dangerous role. The texture of the skin varies from person to person. That’s why the chemicals in sanitizers act differently according to the condition of the skin. Therefore, we need precautionary measures to avoid excessive use of sanitizers.

Moisturize the Skin

If you have been using hand sanitizer for a long time, you will start to see the effects of dermatitis on your skin. For prevailed dermatitis, it is better to quit using hand sanitizer. The usage of moisturizing creams and oil ointments may bring damaged skin back to normal. You can also use healing moisturizers and gloves overnight to heal cracks on your skin. If you are suffering from eczema or dry skin then you must use moisturizers. The use of moisturizers protects the skin from many issues such as dermatitis and eczema etc.

Effectiveness of Soap and Water

Reportedly, washing hands with soap and water are better than using sanitizer. It also protects the skin from allergic reactions. Therefore, use hand sanitizer only when there is no other option. This simple option is useful for people of all ages.

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