Various occupations in factories, handcraft, hospitals and medical practices as well as household chores cause or aggravate skin diseases. Repeated contact with wet work, irritants and allergens at the workplace may cause irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis.
In addition to technical protective measures, protective clothing and protective gloves, the use of skin protection creams is recommended in such cases as a preventive measure. In choosing and applying an adequate protection cream, the following suggestions should be considered:
- Make sure you use a protection cream and not just an emollient if you have contact to the above-mentioned harmful substances at work or in your leisure time.
- Choose a product which will protect from the harmful substances you encounter. Some products are designed to protect from water-soluble substances, other are made for contact with oily irritants. Products designed for oily substances will offer no protection from water-soluble irritants.
- If you have any known allergies, choose a product which does not contain any of the substances you do not tolerate. For example, if you are allergic to certain fragrances, choose a fragrance-free product.
- Apply the protection cream before you start working and every 2 to 4 hours at the workplace. You do not need to apply a protection cream every time you wash your hands, but make sure you reapply it every 2 to 4 hours.
- When applying the cream on your hands, make sure you donít forget the interdigital and subungual sections as well as your wrists.
- After finishing the task requiring skin protection/ at the end of your work day, wash your hands and apply an emollient.