Russian doctor reveals link between hand skin condition and immunity

Professor Svetlana Jaboeva, a dermatologist and cosmetologist, announced that in winter it is necessary to pay special attention to taking care of the skin of the hands.

In an interview with Radio Sputnik, the specialist points out that hand skin care is very important for the immune system. Because in cold weather the skin of the hands may turn red and become dry and show cracks and microscopic scratches. This can be explained by the characteristics of skin structure.

“The sebaceous and sweat glands in the skin of the hands are few compared to the face, so it’s weaker,” she says. Against the backdrop of cold and low skin moisture, the skin barrier is disrupted, leading to dry and peeling of the skin and cracks, scratches and microinjuries.”


She adds, these cracks and microscopic scratches should not be ignored as they negatively affect the state of the immune system.


“One important function of skin is protection,” she says. So a proper leather cover protects the body from mechanical, chemical and bacterial effects. But when there are these microscopic cracks in the skin including the skin of the hands it can become a gateway to various viral bacterial infections. Therefore, neglecting these cracks and not taking care of them, can lead to serious skin diseases, especially eczema.”


In order to protect the skin of the hands from these cracks, it must be taken care of using skin moisturizing products containing ceramide compounds that treat cracks of the superficial skin layer.


“The skin of the hands should be cleansed with anti-inflammatory creams that help scratches heal and heal and quickly regenerate cells,” she says.


“If these premature healing is slow,” she adds, it could indicate weakened immunity. Because slow wound healing in summer or winter indicates disorders in the body, including disruption of cell regeneration and vitamin D deficiency. This slowness may be a sign of hypothyroidism or diabetes. So it’s essential to consult a dermatologist, even an endocrinologist.”

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