It's time to treat skincare
More like healthcare
As the point of contact to the outside world, our skin works to protect the internal body from absorbing hazardous agents, and also to prevent the outward passage of moisture needed to keep skin healthy. Chemicals found in a range of products, from household soaps and detergents, to bleach, ammonia and solvents, can irritate skin and damage its protective barrier. And when the skin’s barrier function is compromised, bacteria, fungi, viruses and allergens can get into the body, which can affect your overall health.
While doing housework, we may expose our skin—particularly our hands—to a range of chemicals found in everyday household cleaners. And some occupations, such as surgeon, mechanic or dishwasher may require working with harsh cleansers and other more hazardous chemicals. Whether at work or at home, the frequent exposure of skin to chemical irritants can lead to damaging skin conditions.
In the United States, it’s estimated that more than 13 million workers are potentially exposed to chemicals that can be absorbed by the skin. Occupational Skin Diseases (OSD) are the second most common type of work-related disease, and can result in forms of irritant dermatitis, allergic dermatitis, skin infections, and in some cases, skin cancer.
CARE & TREATMENT
When working with products that may contain chemical irritants, it’s always important to reduce your skin’s exposure. Whenever possible, use protective gloves and emollient ointments to help guard your skin from exposure to skin irritants. Opt for mild and moisturizing dish, home and hand cleansers whenever possible.
Keeping up a good daily skincare regimen is also helpful to prevent skin irritations and to keep skin’s protective barrier strong and functioning properly. And maintaining the right moisture balance in your skin helps ensure the strength and integrity of its protective barrier. When this barrier is healthy and strong, it helps protect and shield your skin from absorbing hazardous chemicals.
Occupational skin diseases and chemical-induced skin irritation can be treated and managed with a physician’s assistance. If you believe you have an OSD, contact your doctor or dermatologist, and he or she may prescribe medication to help manage and care for your condition.
The information provided herein is not intended to be medical advice. Nor is it intended to treat the underlying skin disease or condition. The information is provided solely to:
1. Improve the appearance of the skin or
2. Achieve healthier looking skin