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- 6.6 Describe correct procedures that relate to skincare (Level 2 Diploma in Care, The principles of infection prevention and control)
Skincare is important to a health and social care worker because skin that is not looked after correctly can become dry and cracked and provide a route for pathogens to enter the body.
As well as using correct handwashing techniques, it is also useful to apply moisturising creams to the hands to prevent them from becoming dry. Regular bathing and/or showering is also necessary to keep the skin clean. Moisturising creams can also be applied to the rest of the body if required.
Any open wounds such as cuts or grazes on the hands should be protected by a plaster and PPE such as disposable gloves should be used in lone with your organisation’s agreed ways of working.