If your hands are dry from washing them frequently or just being exposed to the hot temperature outside you can follow some simple tips to alleviate the problem, according to Dr. Andrew Newman, a dermatologist and independent member of the HonorHealth medical staff.

Newman said since the COVID-19 pandemic began many people have been suffering from hand dermatitis, which is when the hands are dry, cracked and inflamed. He added others might be experiencing less severe drying of the hands from using harsh soaps, hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes. These symptoms can cause problems for the integrity of hands, especially for anyone who has a pre-existing skin condition such as eczema.

Newman said that rather than use antibacterial soaps that are harsh, try a gentle cleanser, which is just as effective at cleaning the skin. He also recommends everyone moisturize with a fragrance-free moisturizer that is a thick cream after washing their hands.

Everyone should wear gloves when cleaning and handling harsh chemicals, Newman said. He also recommends people be careful about using heaters because they can dry out the skin.

If those steps do not relieve symptoms of dry hands, Newman urges people to see a dermatologist.