10 Things Dermatologists Refuse to Use on Their Hands

Skin pros share the exact things they avoid for healthy, younger-looking hands in winter—and year-round.

Antibacterial soap

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“When I’m not at work, I avoid hand sanitizers that contain triclosan because there’s a risk of increasing the growth of multidrug-resistant bacteria—so-called superbugs. Triclosan can also cause significant skin irritation and dryness in many (including me). What do I use instead? Cetaphil bar soap.” Michelle Henry, MD, a dermatologist at Laser and Skin Surgery Center of New York.

Salon manicures

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“I avoid nail polish. It’s partly because I see a lot of eyelid rashes from polish (the thick skin of the hands often doesn’t react, but this more delicate site can). And it’s partly because I’ve seen too much (mild to horrific infections from nail salons that don’t properly sterilize tools). What I do swear by for my hands: Bloxsun Sun Gloves with UV protection. I wear them in the car so I don’t need to bother with sunscreen. (I hate the tiny sun spots on my hands! I’ve been lasering them off and don’t want them to come back.)” —Laurel Geraghty, MD, a beauty-editor-turned-dermatologist in Medford, Oregon.

Rubber gloves

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“Having worn latex gloves for many years doing research, I now avoid them since latex is so allergenic. While I never developed an allergy to latex (which comes from the rubber tree), it’s more common in people who’ve had regular exposure to rubber gloves. I don’t even wear latex gloves when washing dishes—there are many alternatives.” —Delphine Lee, MD, Chief and Program Director at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center/Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute. Try these tips for making your hands look younger.

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