How to Treat Dry Hands from Overwashing

As we adapt to life in a COVID-19 world, the practice of washing your hands more frequently has become a new normal. Without proper care, this can lead to dry, cracked hands. Washing your hands frequently is one of the best ways to protect yourself from COVID-19, but treating them afterward can help keep them moisturized and reduce cracking and soreness.

Try these tips to help keep your hands healthy:

  • Use moisturizing soap.
  • Wash with cool water, rather than hot. Hot water washes away healthy oils.
  • Use lotion after washing.
  • Wear gloves when doing the dishes or cleaning.
  • Use a humidifier while you sleep.

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Mayo Clinic