Local dermatologist provides key guidelines for skin care during COVID-19 pandemic

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Dermatologists highly recommend avoiding dish soap for hand washing

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Washing your hands often is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. This can lead to other risks such as dry skin.

“Right after you wash your hands one of the most important things that I always do and I recommend to everybody (especially those that are prone to eczema or hand rashes), is make sure that you’re moisturizing with a good moisturizing lotion or cream immediately after you wash,” explains doctor Mark Ramirez, a dermatologist in San Angelo.

People with high risk factors such as sensitive skin are usually more prone to illness without following proper guidelines. 

“There are certain people especially prone to irritation from frequent hand washing,” Ramirez said. “If you are washing your hands on a very frequent basis, even if you’re not a high risk person for having that kind of problem, there is a chance that you’ll have some trouble.”

Certain soaps are highly recommended over others to prevent rashes or eczema.

“Choose something that is not really harsh or irritating to your skin in terms of soaps. I like using some of the over-the-counter hydrating cleansers rather than the more harsh detergent type soaps,” Ramirez said. “Things like dish soap are really rough on your skin and I advise not to use that for hand washing.”

Other options for sanitizing besides washing your hands with soap and water can help prevent dry skin issues especially when on the go.

“Using the alcohol based hand sanitizers if you can acquire them — they’re really good and they’re less harmful to your skin in terms of causing irritation and rashes, as compared to soap and water,” Ramirez adds, “— is always a reasonable approach to sanitizing your hands.”

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