Health Tip: Protect Your Skin at Work

Health Tip: Protect Your Skin at Work

Health Tip: Protect Your Skin at Work

Watch for harsh chemicals

(HealthDay News) -- The workplace can be hard on hands, especially if you work near harsh chemicals or in an environment that takes a toll on your skin.

The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests:

  • Wear protective clothing and equipment, such as gloves and aprons, to keep oils, grease and caustic chemicals off your skin.
  • After work, remove clothing that has been in contact with chemicals. Put on newly washed clothing the next day.
  • Don't use mineral spirits, turpentine, gasoline or kerosene to clean your skin. After washing your hands with soap and water, apply lotion, cream or petroleum jelly.
  • Have an emergency plan to safely and quickly remove chemicals that touch your skin or eyes.
  • Don't eat, drink or smoke in your work space
  • If you work outside, regularly apply sunscreen.
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