Skin irritation is often cited as a barrier to hand hygiene compliance. Lack of awareness of the true causes of skin damage is a significant contributing factor. One of the most common hand hygiene myths among healthcare workers (HCW) is that alcohol-based hand sanitizer is more damaging to skin than soap and water, which could not be further from the truth. This infographic provides a review of the structure of the stratum corneum (skin) and the impact of sanitizer versus soap, but it will also dive deep into the cycle of skin damage, and more importantly, share best practices for skin care to avoid damage. This educational tool can be used as a refresher for all HCW.
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