The use of the hydroalcoholic gel is a good habit in this period of epidemic Covid-19. But it must be limited to the times when hand cleaning with water and soap are impossible, especially in the summer, when the sun already has a tendency to latch onto our skin.
We all took the good habit of washing very regularly the hands, and the use of the hydroalcoholic gel is sometimes mandatory before entering a trade, for example. However, its use is not completely harmless, especially for children… and particularly in the summer ! Many dermatologists advise against, and to use this cleaning solution and disinfectant way too often.
The alcohol content in gels dries out the skin
The hydroalcoholic gel is a solution that contains between 60% and 70% of n-propyl alcohol or ethanol. It stays on the skin and the alcohol tends to dehydrate the skin. Result when one uses too often : the protective barrier of the skin is damaged, to the point, sometimes, result in the appearance of redness, burning, or even a form of urticaria.
Attention to the appearance of brown spots
If the alcohol or ethanol themselves did not share photosensibilistante, exposure to the sun constitutes an aggression against which the skin needs to fight. The UV rays, the skin is assaulted by the gels, can cause skin irritations : they take the form of, inter alia, hyper-pigmented spots, also called smeared brown. These may take years to disappear.
And the skin of young children, much finer than that of adults, is especially vulnerable.
The gels hydro-alcoholic flavoured or containing essential oils are to be avoided
In this period of a pandemic and the approach of major holidays, dermatologists alert so. They particularly warn against the use of gels hydro-alcoholic perfumed : aroma and essential oils have in effect an action photosensitising to the skin.
A soap of Marseilles in the beach bag
Ideally, the use of the gel should therefore be limited to times when access to a water source and soap is not possible. The beach, like in city travel, the ideal is therefore to move with a Marseille soap, which will wash hands more regularly to the water.