A lot of people in Norway are struggling with dry hands during the pandemic

AntibacPhoto: Vidar Ruud / NTB
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Dermatologists and pharmacies are experiencing that people are struggling with skin problems during the corona pandemic.

“There is an increase in the number of people who struggle with dry hands after frequent hand washing,” dermatologist Anne Birgitte Thomas Nordal told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

Nordal works for the Skin Clinic Jon Langeland, which has seen significant demand over the past year. At the same time, the skin section at Aleris has noticed an increase in patients with hand eczema.

Apotek 1, which is the country’s largest pharmacy chain, increased sales of hand cream by 7% last year, compared with the previous year.

“We have a natural skin barrier, especially on the hands. When you wash your hands often, you remove the barrier. Then you become much more vulnerable to all irritants, as you do not have this natural protective layer,” Nordal said, recommending moisturizer and possibly a cortisone cream.

She also added that more people struggle with facial skin problems due to the use of face masks.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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