The best advice for those with eczema on their hands is to keep your hands well moisturized and do your best to avoid anything that could irritate your skin. This is not always a simple task but avoiding irritants to the best of your ability will keep keep red, swollen, itchy and cracked skin at bay.
Many things around your home and workplace could serve to bother the sensitive skin on your hands. Some of these could include, but not be limited to detergents, household cleaners, air fresheners or sprays, soap, cosmetic products, perfume, aftershave lotion, turpentine, gasoline, pain stripper and other solvents and a variety of chemicals.
Skin is likely to break out the more often you find yourself in close proximity to any of these substances. Having your hands in and out of water too much and washing them excessively with soap is a no no as it can serve to dry your skin out ten times faster. However when you do wash your hands, always dry them thoroughly and that includes between the fingers as well. Also make sure all soap residue has been rinsed away before you dry your hands off.
Protect your Skin with Gloves
Wear a pair of vinyl or plastic gloves that fit properly at work or at home whenever it is absolutely necessary for you to have your hands in and out of water. If you suspect but dont know for sure that a substance will irritate your skin then wear gloves to prevent anything bad from happening. The more you protect your hands the better.
It is a good idea to wear a pair of thin cotton gloves under a pair of plastic gloves in order for the cotton gloves to soak up the sweating you are bound to do because you are wearing gloves in the first place.
Always take breaks from the task at hand and when you do so, take off both pairs of gloves and give your hands some air. This prevents too much sweat from building up in the gloves, which can trigger a flare-up of eczema.
Wear a pair of regular gloves whenever you step outside during the winter months. The cold air, blustery wind and low humidity of the winter season can dry the hands out tremendously, even on days when the temperature is moderate and there is no wind.
Moisturize your skin every day without fail, in the morning and before you go to bed, regardless of what time of day you bathe. That includes your hands as well. Moisturizers keep the skin supple and hydrated and prevent skin from cracking, as well as keeping flare-ups at bay. Well-moisturized skin does not age as quickly either.
A very basis, no frills kind of moisturizer is best. Avoid anything with alcohol or fragrance in it and choose one that is more on the greasy side as opposed to the creamy side. Regular petroleum jelly is an excellent choice for hands, whether it is a brand name like Vaseline or a generic form.
Another excellent hand cream for eczema skin is Eucerin 5% Urea Hand Cream which has a light texture and is both free of fragrance and color. This moisturizer is suitable for everyday use and cuts down on the tightness of skin that plagues some eczema sufferers.