Hand dermatitis is an occupational hazard in the Massage & Physical Therapy world. It’s also known as Hand Eczema and it’s symptoms include rashes, redness, dryness, itching and soreness. The conditions can be exacerbated by frequent hand washing and contact with aromatherapy oils and lotions.
How common is Hand Eczema amongst therapists and what products can you use that won't irritate the condition?
However, over recent years, Therapists are moving away from using synthetic oils and frequently prefer more natural lubricant choices. Speciality oils that have become popular include grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil and apricot kernel oil. Many of these natural oils have long been used by Europeans as they provide excellent glide and increased emollient benefits to the skin.
FACT: Sweet Almond Oil is often thought to be derived from nuts. In fact, the almond belongs to the same family that contains apricots, peaches and plums. The fruit of the almond (Prunus amygdalus) is called a drupe and isn't a true nut at all. It consists of an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed inside. During it’s transformation into oil, it's refined and proteins are removed. It’s these proteins that are the cause of allergic reactins in peanut or nut oils like walnut.
At 3B Scientific, we carry a variety of lotions, creams and oils that are kind and gentle to both Therapist and Client. We’ve invested time and effort to ensure that the products we offer are natural and paraben free.
Soothing Touch products are free of genetically modified organisms (GMO) and many are made with over 70% organic ingredients. All Soothing Touch products are made in Sante Fe, New Mexico, USA.
Lotus Touch are proud of their promise: “No nut oils, no mineral oils, no direct alcohols.”
Each Lotus Touch product is formulated with the finest natural seed oils, botanical extracts and essential oils to provide you with professional massage products that are as pure and natural as possible. All products from their Organic Naturals range are formulated with certified organic ingredients and are paraben and propylene glycol free as well as being gluten free too.
Bon Vital products are completely paraben free and say ‘if you don’t need it, it’s not in it!’
If you've ever wondered what cold compressed oils are, these popular oils are produced to ensure the highest content of vitamins and minerals will nourish, smoothe & soften the skin. They are produced through natural forms of pressing and grinding (i.e. millstones) at low temperatures to retain all their beneficial qualities, unlike large scale solvent extraction and refining techniques which strip oils of their natural antioxidants and healing properties.
TIP: Rice Bran Oil, originally from Japan, is especially good for people suffering with eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. It’s a very gentle and mild oil full of antioxidants such as Vitamin E, Linoleic Acid, Palmitic Acid and Oryzanol. In Japan, Rice Bran Oil is used as both a skin and hair beauty enhancer.