20 Best Hand Sanitizers For Eczema That Won't Irritate Or Crack Skin

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20 Best Hand Sanitizers For Eczema That Won't Irritate Or Crack Skin
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Using hand sanitizer is important, especially when soap and clean water aren't readily available. But hand sanitizers can also be dicey, as many of them can potentially cause eczema flare-ups by their drying nature.

Says Dr. Nikhil Dhingra, a board certified dermatologist from Spring Street Dermatology“When eczema is in full flare with redness, inflammation, and fissures in the skin, many sanitizers can even cause discomfort and stinging.”

What is eczema? Eczema is actually a pretty nonspecific term encompassing a number of skin conditions.

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"The overarching commonality is extremely dry or irritated skin (whether driven by a dysfunctional skin barrier or by outside agents like weather and products) that’s driven to inflammation (itching, redness, skin breaks, and extreme flaking). Some are born with an innate predisposition to eczema from childhood; others generate it by not taking care of their skin properly," adds Dr. Dhingra.

For eczema on hands, in particular, hand sanitizers can be irritating, especially if the skin is already inflamed or irritated. That being said, some studies show frequent washing with soaps and water are more irritating, particularly if someone isn’t very diligent about moisturizing after washing.

"Alcohol free sanitizers are preferred because alcohol is drying and can sting irritated hands. But for those with dehydrated hands, I prefer even alcohol-containing sanitizers over exuberant hand washing," Dr. Dhingra comments. “At the very least, keeping sanitizers to a fragrance-free formulation is critical.”

What are the best hand sanitizers for eczema to use? The key is to find alcohol-free sanitizers that won't dry or irritate skin.

And these may be what you're looking for.

1. Touchland Power Mist Watermelon Hydrating Hand Sanitizer Spray

Packaged in a sleek, modern container perfectly sized for your pocket, Power Mist's pulverizer spray system ensures that the fast-evaporating sanitizer formula is evenly distributed across your hands to kill 99.99 percent of harmful, illness causing germs, while the naturally hydrating ingredients keep your skin feeling soft and moisturized all day.

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2. EO Botanical Lavender Hand Sanitizer Gel

Not sure if this is the choice for you? Says dermatologist Dr. Hadley King, "I love the way the EO Botanical Gel smells, and its ingredients are safe: alcohol sourced from non-GMO sugar cane, vegetable glycerin, jojoba seed oil and dimethicone. The glycerin, dimethicone and jojoba seed oil help hydrate and moisturize the skin, combating the drying effects of alcohol. And the EO essential oil blend gives it its wonderful fragrance."

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3. CleanSmart Skin and Hand Cleanser

“If, despite the glycerin, dimethicone and jojoba seed oil, the alcohol still stings or irritates the skin, I recommend CleanSmart Skin and Hand Cleanser, which is an alcohol-free antimicrobial hand sanitizer that uses hypochlorous acid technology to kill microbes. This would be the safest option for eczema-prone and other sensitive skin,” advises Dr. King.

(School Health, $3.61)

4. Germ-X Natural Vanilla Citrus Hand Sanitizer Spray

This is a plant-based alcohol formula with aloe and vitamin E, making it gentle enough for hands and faces. It's a great option to throw in your purse when traveling, and smells devine.

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5. Dr. Bronner's Lavender Hand Sanitizer

This hand sanitizer kills germs with a simple formula: organic ethyl alcohol, water, organic lavender oil, and organic glycerin. It's perfect for using on the go, on kids' sticky hands, and even as an air freshener or deodorant.

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6. All Good Organic Peppermint Hand Sanitizer Spray

This organic hand sanitizer with all-natural ingredients is good for washing hands and water-free bathing. No sink nearby? No problem! This is what you need to stay on top of germs.

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7. Babyganics Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer

This alcohol-free foaming hand sanitizer is a must-have around babies. It's perfect for sensitive baby or adult skin, is alcohol-free, and kills 99.9 percent of germs with its moisturizing formula.

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8. Germ-X Hand Sanitizer with Aloe

This hand sanitizer kills 99.99 percent of many common harmful germs and bacteria in as little as 15 seconds! It's moisturizing for dry or sensitive skin, and has aloe and vitamin E, so you can stayhydrated and germ-free at the same time.

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9. R&R Lotion Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer Lotion

This sanitizing cream uses Benzalkonium Chloride to kill 99.99 percent of germs on contact. This formula is alcohol-free. and contains sunflower and shea butter, along with vitamins, succulents and botanicals. 

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10. Grove Collaborative Hydrating Hand Sanitizer

This gel is fast-absorbing and eliminates 99.9 percent of germs for clean hands in a flash. It has coconut oil for hydration, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, and is made of natural essential oils for a lovely blood orange scent.

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(Grove.co, $7.95)

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11. Puracy Natural Foaming Hand Sanitizer

Puracy Natural Foaming Hand Sanitizer is alcohol-free, non-toxic, and is an eco-friendly germ-killing alternative. This plant-based foaming hand sanitizer cleans messy hands on the move while moisturizing the skin and avoiding a mess. Its gentle yet powerful formula is safe enough to use on babies' hands and effective enough for any adult to trust.

(Puracy, $15.27)

12. Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Lavender Hand Sanitizer

The lavender scented hand sanitizer has a soothing and tranquilizing scent. Along with aloe vera extract, it contains a special formula of moisturizers, essential oils, and other thoughtfully chosen ingredients that clean and freshen hands without leaving behind the smell of alcohol. 

(Target, $3.49)

13. Everyone Peppermint Citrus Hand Sanitizer Gel

Everyone hand sanitizers are effective against most common germs without any of the harsh ingredients found in many hand sanitizers. They’re made with GMO-free alcohol and pure essential oils, and vegetable glycerin and vitamin E keep hands soft.

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14. Hands2GO Alcohol-Free Natural Hand Sanitizer

Hands2GO is formulated with only 6 pure ingredients: purified water, extracts of aloe vera, lavender, and chamomile, benzalkonium chloride, and DMDM hydantoin. It's natural, alcohol-free, and hypoallergenic, killing 99.99 percent of germs on contact, and acting as a 3-in-1 product for antibacterial, moisturizing, and antiseptic needs.

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15. Elyptol Natural Antimicrobial Hand Sanitizer Spray

This spray is next-generation hospital-grade natural sanitizer that kills an unprecedented 99.9999 percent of bacteria, fungi and other common germs that can cause disease. It doesn't leave hands dry, cracked or chapped, and is infused with natural botanicals and Eucalyptus essential oil.

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16. Baby Bum Hand Sanitizer

Specifically formulated with naturally moisturizing ingredients such as natural monoi coconut oil, aloe, fruit extracts, and alcohol derived from sugar cane, it leaves skin soft and germ-free without drying. 

(Target, $3.99)

17. ArtNaturals Hand Sanitizer Gel

These natural formulas kill germs, bacteria and fungus when applied, keeping you healthy in the most demanding environments. Nutrient-rich formulas moisturize and protect, rather than drying out hands, and include ingredients like jojoba oil and aloe vera.

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18. Honest Hand Sanitizer Spray

This is a plant-based sanitizer that effectively kills germs and bacteria. It's hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested, and the quick-drying spray formula is made with a combination of naturally-derived glycerin and aloe to help leave skin feeling soft and moisturized.

(Honest, $2.95+)

19. GermBloc Hand Sanitizer Lotion

GermBloc alcohol-free hand sanitizing lotion contains 7 moisturizers, 2 vitamins and 6 botanical extracts. Its peppermint scent is provided by peppermint extract, has no strong chemical smell, and won't dry or chap hands for up to 4 hours.

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20. Raw Sugar Coconut + Lemon Verbena Hand Sanitizer

With ingredients that are processed through ColdPress Technology and crafted with care in Southern California, Raw Sugar's Coconut + Lemon Verbena Hand Sanitizer is made with plant-derived extracts. This gentle hand sanitizer protects your hands against most common germs.

(Target, $4.99)

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Aly Walansky is a NY-based lifestyles writer who focuses on health, wellness, and relationships. Her work appears in dozens of digital and print publications regularly. Visit her on Twitter or email her.

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