Coronavirus can be resisted with the help of products that disinfect surfaces. But should they be abused? In this material, you will learn what harm they can cause if a person uses them too often for fear of infection.
1. Dry skin
With frequent use of antibacterial gels, the skin of the hands dries out and peels appear on it. In addition, itching and even allergies may occur due to the large amount of fragrances and chemicals. Choose unscented products and be sure to carefully care for your skin. 10 minutes after cleansing the skin, spread a moisturizer over it. And at night, apply a rich layer of nourishing balm. Otherwise, you can earn micro-wounds on your hands, which will only increase the likelihood of introducing bacteria.
2. The body loses sensitivity to antibiotics
In most antibacterial agents, triclosan is added - a substance that allows you to stop the reproduction of bacteria. Scientists who have studied triclosan have come to the conclusion that it has a negative effect on the body in general, and in particular, it reduces our sensitivity to antibiotics. If possible, give preference to classic hand washing. And only if water and soap are far away, use an antibacterial agent. And disinfect objects that you often touch with disinfectants. For example, mobile phone, doorknobs, elevator buttons, wallet and keyboard.
3. The protective layer of the skin is removed
Yes, many antibacterial agents kill germs. But at the same time, they destroy sebum, which is a protective layer for the hands. In addition, they remove beneficial bacteria from the hands - also necessary for protecting the skin. By the way, many experts come to the conclusion that hand washing with soap is much more effective than antibacterial gels and wipes. They believe that:
- these products only spread bacteria and dirt on the hands;
- they leave chemicals on the hands that can enter the body with food.