How to Take Care of your Skin at Workplace?
Dr. Asmita Dhekne Chebbi
Btm 1st stage, Bengaluru Feb 9, 2017
Our skin is in constant exposure to different kinds of pollutants and toxic chemicals and it can not be kept entirely covered and protected every time you go out. Though regular cleansing, skin treatments and application of sunscreens does help guard the skin, yet it is not enough. Especially at workplace, where you are constantly exposed to chemicals or pollutants if it is a field job or the persistent drying of skin by air conditioning otherwise, it becomes important to take certain precautions to prevent dryness and diseases like dermatitis.
Protection from chemicals and irritants:
Consider the following tips if you job belongs to categories like construction, painting, automobile industry, dentistry etc, where there is a high probability of contact with chemicals and toxins.
Prevention is better than cure: use suitable gloves for the job as this will prevent direct contact of harmful substances with the skin. And the type of gloves required is different for different jobs (obviously, a dentist will require gloves of different material than what a welder will). Do some research and find out what works the best for you and avoid direct contact with paints/chemicals/cement etc.
Frequently apply lotions on your skin to prevent excessive drying. Do it before starting the job, during breaks and after the job is done. Wear gloves only after the lotion is absorbed to prevent degradation of glove material.
Immediately remove substances if it comes in direct contact of the body. Do not use more chemicals for this purpose, try to scrap it off. Also, wash your hands with hard soaps or hand wash before and after every break.
Protection from air conditioning:
Continuous long hours of exposure to air conditioning can make your skin dry. This can cause cracks, dryness and may even lead to dermatitis. The following simple tips will help you ensure re-hydration of the skin:
Moisturizers and lotions: Use moisturizers to re-hydrate your skin and protect dryness and cracks. Do not apply it before reaching the workplace if you are using a public means of transport or a dusty route, as it will only attract more dust particles and pollutants.
Take breaks: Skin is a very responsive organ of the body and taking breaks at regular intervals and going out in a more humid environment will rehydrate it as quickly.
Hydrating food items: Drink lots of water and eat fruits and vegetables like cucumber, watermelon and juice to keep your body hydrated. This has a direct impact on your skin and will prevent cracks and drying.
The above tips are to prevent drying and mild diseases. If you have some serious symptoms that persist, contact a dermatologist for skin treatment.