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Helping Dry Skin

Frequent hand washing or wet-work because of your job, housework, or childcare can lead to increased dryness and eczema of the hands.

It's important to try to avoiding excessive wetting and drying of the hands. Wearing gloves while washing dishes or working with chemicals is helpful. However, sometimes it's impossible to avoid washing your hands or getting them wet. In this case, try to carry around a good hand moisturizer and reapply it frequently throughout the day. Also, applying hand cream before bed and covering the hands with white cotton gloves will allow increased moisture penetration into the skin.

If you have pain, redness, or cracking of the skin on your hands or fingers despite intensive moisturizing, consult your doctor.

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