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How to prevent dermatitis

Here's how to wave goodbye to bad hand days. Five small steps to prevent dermatitis becoming a big problem:

  1. Step 1

    Wear disposable non-latex gloves when rinsing, shampooing, colouring, bleaching, etc.
  2. Step 2

    Dry your hands thoroughly with a soft cotton or paper towel.
  3. Step 3

    Moisturise after washing your hands, as well as at the start and end of each day. It's easy to miss fingertips, finger webs and wrists. See 'Skin care' [62KB] for more information.
  4. Step 4

    Change gloves between clients. Make sure you don't contaminate your hands when you take them off. See 'Correct removal of gloves' [62KB] for more information.
  5. Step 5

    Check skin regularly for early signs of dermatitis. See 'Skin checks' [59KB] for more information.

Further reading

Updated 2009-05-05