Why is it important to protect your skin?
Many chemicals used in the workplace might cause diseases by affecting or passing through the skin. The skin is our body’s largest organ. It serves as a shield against potentially dangerous things. The outside surface (epidermis) serves as the primary protective layer, and the inner surface (dermis) serves as the second protective layer (dermis).
On the other hand, human skin is not a perfect barrier. There are still many chemicals that can harm us if they get into our bodies. The level of moisture in your skin is also a factor to consider. When the epidermis’ moisture content is too high or too low, it can compromise the skin’s barrier. Skin that has been dehydrated can become rough, thickened, and flaky, losing its suppleness. When skin becomes too moist, however, it weakens its barrier function.
As a result, the purpose of wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is not only to keep chemicals from encountering your skin but also to keep moisture between the skin to prevent the epidermis from losing its ability to protect itself.
What health problems can occur through skin contact?
The chemical problems affecting the skin may be roughly divided into 4 substances: irritants, burns, allergic, and diseases.
- Irritants: An irritant is a rash that is red and itchy and is caused by direct contact with a harmful substance. It is a skin reaction that causes inflammation on the skin’s surface. Swelling, flaking, blistering, cracking, and pain may occur as a result. The inflammation is usually a temporary symptom that goes away once the skin heals