Q: I suffer with dermatitis and am training in a salon. Do you have any advice on how I should look after my skin to minimize the problems with my skin?
A: Generally speaking, you should simply use whatever you normally use to treat the dermatitis. Treating dermatitis is something for
which you need to make sure to consult a physician over.
I can, however, offer you some preventive advice for specific situations. Constantly having your
hands in contact with water, shampoos, conditioners, styling products and hair chemicals can aggravate the dermatitis. You should make
it a practice to wear protective coverings over affected areas, and wear gloves when performing shampoos and working with other styling
products that would come in contact with your skin.
In my time in school, one of my classmates developed a dermal irritation on her hands from constant
contact with products and chemicals. She found she needed to wear gloves and use a protective emollient on her hands between clients.
You should be sure to keep other areas that are affected covered and dry. Wearing sleeves and pants help to prevent the problems many
dermatitis sufferers experience by preventing the affected and sensitive areas from coming in contact with the skin.