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Do Hand Sanitizer Lotions Actually Work?

You already know that keeping your hands clean is one of the best ways to keep yourself and others around you healthy.

Plain old handwashing with soap and water is most effective at fighting germs, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes. When you’re on the go, hand sanitizer made with at least 60 percent alcohol is a good stand-in.

To pick a product that cleans and restores moisture to the skin, turn your attention to the ingredients list and follow these expert tips.

1. Eyeball the Alcohol Type and Concentration

“I always look for ethyl alcohol, which is more effective than isopropyl alcohol at killing microorganisms,” says Karan Lal, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group in Hillsborough, New Jersey. While sanitizers with an alcohol concentration between 60 and 95 percent are more effective at killing germs than those with a lower alcohol concentration or a non-alcohol-based hand sanitizer, per the CDC, sticking to a sanitizer on the lower end of the scale is better for your skin. “I would avoid very high concentrations (more than 85 percent) of alcohol because they are more drying,” Dr. Lal says. “All you need is 60 percent ethyl alcohol.”



Source : Everyday Health – Do Hand Sanitizer Lotions Actually Work? Edited By, Leah Groth

About Schweiger Dermatology Group

Schweiger Dermatology Group was founded to help make excellent dermatology care accessible throughout the Northeast. In 2010, Dr. Eric Schweiger started the practice with a single location in Midtown Manhattan. When he saw the need for high-quality dermatology care that did not require weeks or months of waiting to see a qualified provider, his vision of a multi-location practice was born.

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