Handwashing is more crucial than ever these days. We’re all lathering up a bit more mindfully (and for a full 20 seconds). That’s a good thing. But if you have hand eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, your skin has probably been more dry, scaly, cracked and itchy than usual.
I’m speaking from experience: My dyshidrotic eczema has gone a bit haywire these past few months thanks to all my dutiful scrubbing at the sink. My prescription ointment does a great job of healing my skin overnight (under very chic cotton gloves, I might add), but it’s a topical steroid that I’m only supposed to use twice a day. Plus, it’s super greasy, which isn’t great if I’m going to eat, use a computer, text or basically touch anything at all. So mid-day, after a shower and a few rounds of handwashing, I’m back at square one.
That’s where over-the-counter (OTC) products come in to hold me over between prescription applications. We spoke to two dermatologists to get their recommendations and tips for dealing with this annoying and often painful condition.