Products for Hand Dermatitis Treatment
Dermatologist explains hand dermatitis.
Hand dermatitis is eczema on the hands. There are 3 types:
Irritant hand dermatitis
This form of hand eczema is due to hand skin coming into contact with harsh chemicals, solvents, soaps and environmental conditions (such as weather) that damage your tough hand skin barrier. These exposures strip important skin oil and damage skin protein that lead to barrier loss. Skin becomes itchy, dry, painful and can ultimately fissure into painful cracks due to thickened finger and palm skin. This is the classic chapped hands and dishpan hands.
Allergic hand dermatitis
Is a form of hand eczema that happens when your hand skin comes into contact with something it is allergic to, such as plants (poison oak and ivy, some flowers and other plants, metal, glue, dyes, and other allergens). The dermatitis tends to be more itchy than painful. Blisters can develop and the thick skin may crack.
Dyshidrotic hand eczema
Is a form of hand and foot eczema that is also called pompholyx. It can be inherited or not. Deep-seated, small painful and itchy blisters form on the palms and soles, and sides of the fingers and toes. The blisters are often clustered together. The thick skin cracks and hurts. Blisters form spontaneously and take several weeks to a month to heal. The cause is unknown.
Hand skin is very sensitive when you have hand dermatitis.
All the forms of hand dermatitis share in common that the skin barrier is broken. That means allergens and irritants in soaps, shampoo and hair care products, home cleaners, chemicals, and solvents seep into skin easily and make the rash worse. Skin affected by hand dermatitis needs special care to heal. Once the skin barrier is broken by hand dermatitis, you need to meticulously protect your hand skin from contact with harsh soaps and chemicals in order for it to heal.
How do you heal hand dermatitis?
- Avoid hand skin contact with all harsh soaps, chemicals and weather.
- Wash hands with only gentle, hypoallergenic, non-drying soaps.
- Apply a hypoallergenic and rich hand cream right after toweling hands dry after washing. The more frequently you apply hand cream the better.
- Wear gloves when outdoors in harsh weather or doing hand work with harsh soaps (like dish soap), chemicals or solvents.
Stubborn hand dermatitis may also require medical care and prescription creams to fully heal.
What are the best hand creams to help heal hand dermatitis?
There are two functional types of hand creams for healing hand dermatitis.
The first cream to heal hand dermatitis is a hydrating AND protecting cream for frequent daily use.
It should contain an ingredient in the silicone family that layers a protective layer of hypoallergenic film on your skin to help seal and protect your hand skin to promote healing. This cream needs to be non-greasy and easy to live with on your hands. An excellent example is my Dry Skin Hand Cream, a favorite in my practice, always present in the pocket of my lab coat, and at every sink in my home.
The second cream to heal hand dermatitis is a deeply hydrating hand cream or ointment.
It will be greasy and needs to be applied liberally. For this reason, covering your hands with cotton gloves will help to keep the cream on your hands and off your things, is essential! Bedtime is a convenient time to give your hands this deeply hydrating hand treatment. Bag Balm is deeply hydrating for those who are not allergic to wool (lanolin). It helps heal fissures and softens cracked and inflamed skin. My Natural Hand Lotion and Natural Butter Cream and also deeply hydrating. The Lotion is a convenient option to place by the sink for those who want entirely natural personal care products.
I have treated so many people for hand dermatitis in my 30+ dermatology career and so I have the perfect hypoallergenic hand care products. Find my favorite hand cream for daytime use, and deeply hydrating products for bedtime. I also have the best therapeutic cotton gloves, and a gentle foaming hand cleanser. Find these products and my hand care kits below.
Dermatologist's 7 tips to heal hand dermatitis
- Know that all hand creams work best when applied RIGHT AFTER water contact. Keep your hand creams handy – such as next to your sinks or in your purse.
- Apply hand cream often throughout the day, and at bedtime when your hands will be resting.
- Applying hand cream to dry hands does not work as well as applying after washing, but it is better than nothing.
- Keep gentle, hypoallergenic hand soaps near your most commonly used sinks to avoid using harsh soaps or hand cleansers in a hurry. Excellent choices include my Natural Foaming Hand Soaps which are easily rinsed off skin to prevent soap residue from pulling out skin lipids.
- Minimize exposure to hand sanitizers, which typically contain 60% or more alcohol, which strips precious hand lipids and can damage barrier protein. These will slow healing of hand dermatitis.
- Wear rubber gloves when you plan to touch harsh soaps or chemicals. Wear winter gloves when your plan to expose hands to harsh weather that will pull water out of the layers of your hand skin, slowing the process of healing.
- Sun protect the back of your hand skin with hypoallergenic sunscreens. The best choice are mineral zinc oxide sunscreens. Since hands are washed often, consider using water resistant sunscreens for protecting your hand skin.
Dermatologist-recommended skin treatment for dry, chapped, painful hands and cracked fingertips.
Regular Price: $44.00
Special Price $39.00
Dermatologist−recommended skin treatment for dry, busy hands.
Regular Price: $31.00
Special Price $27.90
You know who you are, or who the people are in your life that never stop. Their rough and chapped hands tell the story of all that they do during the course of their busy lives.
Give them (you) what they crave, healing for dry and chapped hands.
Regular Price: $33.00
Special Price $29.70
Gently scented with organic lavender essential oil. This is a luxurious and easy-rinse, foaming liquid formula with pleasant lavender essence. It is gentle for sensitive skin and the entire family, but tough on germs. Keep a bottle at every sink to keep your hands clean AND healthy.$11.00 As low as: $10.00
Elegant and light-textured, natural moisturizer for dry to normal sensitive skin.$22.00
Highly Effective moisturizer to heal your extremely dry and sensitive skin.$26.00
This is a time-honored healing ointment for severely chapped skin and dry brittle fingernails.$10.00
A really good pair of cotton gloves is essential to help heal dry hands.$4.00
This little file is just right for smoothing down rough fissured fingertips.
It's also a great travel-sized foot file to keep your travel-weary feet soft and comfortable.$3.00
Heal and prevent eczema with dermatologist’s hypoallergenic products specifically made for eczema prone skin.
Regular Price: $81.30
Special Price $74.00
This is the skin care routine I used while undergoing chemo treatments myself. I designed these kits to help chemo patients simplify one aspect of their chemotherapy self-care. Be confident that you are taking good care of your body’s largest organ while you undergo chemo. These are also the perfect gift to send to a friend or family member who is undergoing cancer treatment. 50% of the profits donated to cancer research.
Regular Price: $75.00
Special Price $67.50
At last, an ultra-light sunscreen spray that’s pure mineral protection with micro (not nano) zinc oxide for the best anti-aging broad spectrum protection.$44.00
My favorite every day sunscreen! I wear it every day on my face, neck and chest! It gives a great matte finish that's SPF 40 and water resistant for up to 80 minutes.$35.00
My favorite sunscreen for sports, swimming and sweaty activities. Solbar Zinc provides protection for up to 80 minutes in the water with its hefty 7.5% mineral zinc oxide combined with other chemical sunscreen agents. Oil free and shouldn't aggravate acne.$13.00
The best dermatologist recommended mineral sunscreen products for everyday protection. This kit includes Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40 for the face, ears, and neck, along with Solbar Zinc Sunscreen SPF 38 for the chest, hands, and other areas that need sun protection.
Regular Price: $48.00
Special Price $43.20
The Ultimate Sun Protection Kit provides everything you'll need to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays.This kit includes Sun Guard Laundry Treatment, UV Ray Detecto Ring, Vanicream Lip Protectant, Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen and Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40 and a mesh travel bag for your products.
Regular Price: $62.50
Special Price $56.00
The highest performance sunscreen I’ve ever found. A product that’s perfect for the most active kids, high powered athletes and sensitive skin all in one! Reef safe too.$20.00
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At last, the best mineral zinc oxide sunscreen product proven not to run into and sting your eyes - even when you're wet! Reef safe too.
Regular Price: $16.00
Special Price $12.00
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Raw Elements is the highest performance sunscreen I’ve ever found. A product that’s perfect for your most rigorous athletic activities in intense sun exposure circumstances. Reef safe too.
Regular Price: $19.00
Special Price $15.00
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Non-greasy natural non-nano zinc oxide mineral sunscreen for every day sun protection. This is a lovely natural mineral sunscreen made with organic ingredients - and it's not just for babies!$24.00
Dermatologist-recommended hypoallergenic cleansing bar for extremely sensitive skin.$5.00
Dermatologist-recommended hypoallergenic shampoo for extremely sensitive skin, eczema and skin allergies. Non-medicated, preservative and gluten-free shampoo that leaves hair clean and manageable.$10.00
Dermatologist-recommended hypoallergenic conditioner for extremely sensitive skin, eczema and skin allergies. Non-medicated, preservative and gluten-free conditioner that leaves hair feeling clean and healthy. Great for the entire family.$13.50
Dermatologist recommended skin cream for sensitive skin. One of the best skin care products to heal dry skin for people with eczema or skin allergies.$8.00
Safe, Non-toxic and Zero-VOC Surface Cleaner that is ideal for People with Sensitive Skin. Know that your home cleansing products are certified to USDA Organic Standards and made with only plant-based ingredients in a fragrance free formula.$14.90 As low as: $12.50
Safe, Non-toxic and Zero-VOC Surface Cleaner that is ideal for People with Sensitive Skin. Know that your home cleansing products are certified to USDA Organic Standards and made with only plant-based ingredients in a fragrance free formula.
Certified to USDA Organic Standards
by Vermont Organic Farmers$14.90 As low as: $12.50
***50% of Profits donated to Breast Cancer Awareness***
Enjoy these spectacular new cleaners while doing your part to support Breast Cancer Awareness.$26.82
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