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Hand sanitiser and dry skin: Use clingwrap! Tips and tricks from a dermatologist

19 June 2020 2:46 PM

Vaseline, Shea butter, glycerine and oatmeal are your friends, says dermatologist Nomphelo Gantsho. And clingwrap. We kid you not.

Hand sanitiser is murdering our skin.

Soap and water are a far better option but how do you avoid bone-dry skin if they’re not at hand (pardon the pun)?

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Pippa Hudson interviewed Dr Nomphelo Gantsho of the Cape Dermatology Clinic.

I don’t want to discourage people [from using sanitiser] …

Dr Nomphelo Gantsho, dermatologist - Cape Dermatology Clinic

It mainly happens to people with eczema… they should rather wear gloves… Less than 1% of people are allergic to latex… Put the gloves on over cotton…

Dr Nomphelo Gantsho, dermatologist - Cape Dermatology Clinic

Don’t use moisturisers with perfume or colour… Clean Vaseline is a nice emollient… Shea butter, glycerine or oatmeal is very good…. Aloe Vera as well…

Dr Nomphelo Gantsho, dermatologist - Cape Dermatology Clinic

Moisturising helps a lot. Keep on reapplying and reapplying… After you’ve washed, tap-dry your skin, then moisturise… Just before you go to bed, apply the moisturiser… Wrapping your hands in cling wrap after moisturising works very nicely.

Dr Nomphelo Gantsho, dermatologist - Cape Dermatology Clinic

For more detail, listen to the interview in the audio below.


19 June 2020 2:46 PM

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