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Your Skin and Coronavirus Protections

By Dr. Ellen Frankel, dermatologist and pediatrician

It is important to take steps to protect the transmission of coronavirus. In addition to social distancing, the wearing of masks and gloves and frequent hand washing can affect your skin. We discussed tips for mask wearing (see the link to my previous story, at the end of this article). Here are some more tips:

Frequent Hand Washing for Atopic or Irritated Skin

When you have dry skin or other conditions like eczema (atopic dermatitis or dyshidrotic dermatitis), washing your hands repeatedly can lead to dry, chapped and cracked skin, itchiness, pain and possibly infection. In order to protect yourself from spreading the virus and keep your skin healthy, it is important to follow a few easy steps.

The CDC recommends following these 5 easy steps every time you wash your hands:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap and apply soap
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Not sure how long that is? Sing “Happy Birthday” from beginning to end, TWICE.
  4. Rinse your hands under clean running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.


Step One: Wash your Hands

Wash your hands by developing a foam for 20 seconds, then rinse. Use a gentle product such as White Dove, Basis, Lowila, Cerave Hydrating Cleanser Bar

Step Two: Moisturize and Protect

Use a specific product that will hydrate and balance skin and protect its natural barrier like: DML lotion, DML Forte, Moisturel, Theraplex, Vanicream, Aquaphor, or Cerave moisturizing cream


Step One: Wash your hands (see above step one)

Step two: Moisturize and recover

Use a product that will moisturize and allow the skin to heal such as Aquaphor, Cicalfate, Cerave Healing Ointment or Hydrolatum

About RI Skin Doc

Our staff of trained and experienced dermatologists and other health care professionals has served the Rhode Island community for more than three decades. Why choose us? Because when you’re looking for an accurate diagnosis and an effective treatment plan, experience counts.

We focus on prevention and treatment of skin diseases as well as skin conditions that are unsightly and annoying. Choose us as your skin care center for the whole family. We treat pediatric patients with childhood skin care needs, teens who need acne treatment, and adults with cancerous skin conditions or simply with the skin care problems that many of us face as we age.

Even if you’ve been told in the past that your skin condition cannot be effectively treated, consult with us today. New treatments constantly become available, and we know and use the latest, most effective treatment for your specific problem.

We’re ready to ease your mind and heal your skin.

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About Rejuvaderm MediSpa:

We help you keep your skin healthy.

We can help you with your skin care by preventing serious skin problems, teaching you how to keep your skin healthy, and treating your existing skin conditions. Our skilled dermatologists serve both our dermatology practice and our Rejuvaderm MediSpa, one of only a few day spas in New England. The skin care treatments we provide include eczema treatment, wrinkle treatment and acne treatment, and we treat more serious problems such as pre-cancerous or cancerous skin conditions.

We also do restorative procedures such as tattoo removal, acne scar removal, and stretch mark removal, and we provide treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic, to name a few. Browse our product selections, including facial skin care products, wrinkle cream, and anti-aging products.

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Read Skin Care and Face Masks, here:

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