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December 27, 2016
Brendan Howard, Business Channel Director

Brendan Howard oversees veterinary business, practice management and life-balance content for, dvm360 magazine, Firstline and Vetted, and plans the Practice Management track at all three Fetch dvm360 conferences.Brendan has proudly served under the Veterinary Economics and dvm360 banners for more than 10 years. Before that, he worked as a journalist, writer and editor at Entrepreneur magazine and a top filmed entertainment magazine in Southern California. Brendan received a Masters in English Literature from University of California, Riverside, in 1999.

Frequent hand washing to protect yourself, your team and your patients also means painful hands with dry, cracked skin. Don't just live with it ... lotion up.

If you work in a veterinary practice, you wash your hands a lot. But some of the soaps and liquids you use may be leeching off your skin's protection and leaving your hands looking less like a jewelry hand model's digits and more like the cracked waterways of a dry Mars. (Sorry, like Elon Musk, we have the red planet on the brain.)

Yes, hand washing is crucial in medicine, but so is the reality that cracked skin is a more inviting vector for viruses and bacteria, according to the Centers for Disease Control. So do both-wash up and don't neglect to hit the lotion. Here are a few lotions human healthcare professionals use that might appeal, if they work well with your antiseptic protocols and don't offend sensitive or allergic noses (both animal and human).

Medline's Remedy Olivamine Skin Repair Cream

This one is CHG and latex friendly for you frequent glove wearers. It's got an orange, citrus-like odor. People love it a lot on






Ecolab's Revitalizing Skin Lotion

This one's fragrance-free, for finicky noses, and glove-friendly. It sports lots of rave reviews on






3M Cavilon Moisturizing Hand Lotion

3M, famous for tape and bandages, developed this one. Again, fragrance-free and nobody's hating on






Coloplast Sween 24 Cream

It's a funny name, sure, but it's another CHG-friendly, scent-less choice. There are mostly positive reviews on