Susan is the procurement manager for a large e-retail company. Her job requires her to work hands on, in close quarters with other members of her warehouse staff. Every hour her phone reminds her to use a sanitizer, whether she is indoor or outdoor. Of late, she is noticing her hands feel dry and irritated from the continuous use of alcohol-based sanitizers. But she does not always have time to moisturize her hands frequently after using an alcohol-based sanitizer
Susan is not alone in this. Many are noticing rough, dry hands prone to irritation, thanks to excessive use of hand sanitizers in a pandemic-stricken world. In fact the damaging effects of alcohol-based hand sanitizers are raising more questions than ever on their efficacy. Experts now suggest use of normal soap and water instead alcohol-based products.
The convenience of alcohol-based hand sanitizers is hard to ignore. The WHO recommends use of alcohol sanitizers with 60-80% alcohol content. However, there is no clear guidance or data to guide us on the safe amount for usage. As a result many alcohol-based sanitizers damage skin.
Most sanitizers are made of a combination of disinfectants, isopropyl alcohol, ethanol, and n-propanol. While effective on most microbes, these are strong chemicals dehydrate of your skin and can even cause dermatitis.
The skin of your hands might look dry and dull. Sometimes the damage can make the hands age faster than the face.
Some hand sanitizers contain harmful chemicals and even unpleasant odor that irritate the skin and cause serious discomfort. The artificial fragrance containing high phthalates and parabens can even disrupt the hormonal balance.
Excessive use of chemicals in sanitizers can strip your skin of natural oils that check the growth of skin-friendly bacteria. This skin becomes more susceptible to pathogen infection.
Remember the doctor’s advice on applying iodine to clean and heal your wounds? CDC research reveals that iodine can kill 90 percent of pathogens within 15-30 seconds. Molecular Iodine is a safe broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent that can exist in the form of gas at room temperature. With zero microbial resistant properties, it will not induce drug resistant bacteria. The effective emollients in iodine leave the hands soft as opposed to alcohol-based sanitizers. You can expect a truly long lasting and non-drying protection this new formulation of an age-old disinfectant. The primary reason for this is the high penetrative property of molecular iodine, which allows it to easily enter the dermis of the skin. It then diffuses back to the surface of the skin as a colorless, odorless gas that forms a protective antimicrobial barrier. Moreover, the new iodine-based hand sanitizers leave no discoloration or stain on the skin and can be used by everyone.
It’s time to take iodine's efficacy a step further by delivering free molecular iodine into the skin. Dr. Jack Kessler working with the team at I2Cure have developed a non-staining emollient iodine-based antiseptic lotion that protects your skin from all pathogenic organisms. The slow release of molecular iodine from skin creates an antimicrobial vapor shield around the epidermal surface of your skin. Unlike other alcohol-based sanitizers which offer short-term antimicrobial activity, I2Cure provides a 12-hour protection from just two tiny drops. It’s non-drying with glycerin base. Try it today, your hands will thank you later!