July 19, 2020
Watch out! The use of this substance in large quantities could have negative consequences for our fingerprints.
One of the many recommendations we have received to minimize the contagion risk from the coronavirus is to use bactericidal disinfectants, however, the continuous use of this chemical in large quantities could severely damage our fingerprints.
The panic to become infected with coronavirus has led people to take extreme measures of personal hygiene and recommendations to safeguard their safety and that of their relatives. On the streets, we can see that the vast majority, if not all people, wear at least a mask.
Gloves, face mask, and special clothing and protective equipment are other items that most of the population use today to protect themselves when they leave home to work or to do their daily activities, apart from using disinfectant products to kill any remnants of the virus.
Alcohol, bleach, and the use of soap for handwashing are the most common weapons we have to meet the common goal in these post-quarantine days: kill the virus. However, the excessive use of these substances could cause severe conditions in our skin, in addition to allergies or infections.
The specialist says
“Unfortunately, all these cleansers are harmful to the skin and can mistreat it and cause injuries, since these substances, mainly, do not respect the proper pH of the skin and dry out the superficial layers. As they are germicides, they eliminate the normal flora that protects the skin”, explains the Dermatology Specialist of Clínica Ricardo Palma, María Luisa Téllez Salas.
The doctor warns that the irritation would cause a deterioration in the regular repair of the skin, leading to dermatitis and the consequent inflammation of that area. Undoubtedly, our hands would be the most affected.
“Antibacterial gels irritate and, indeed, can cause allergies and dermatitis. Handwashing is the least irritating and that keeps the non-polluting rules”, says the specialist.
So, while continuing to use disinfectants, but moderately, the best alternative would be to use common, glycerin, mild and fragrance-free soaps for proper hand disinfection.
Dr. María Luisa Téllez
Dermatologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma