Purell is serious about hand hygiene. They hosted an intimate back to school event to teach us about keeping the germs away for adults and kids. Pediatrician Dr. Laura Jana and Purell Scientist Jim Arbogast Ph.D. dispelled common myths while educating us on minimizing illness through hand hygiene.
Myth: Purell strips skin, leading to cracking and peeling.
Truth: FALSE-Purell actually contains glycerin, which is used in lotions to keep skin moisturized. If you suffer from a skin condition that results in cracking or peeling, Purell isn’t going to heal this. Because Purell contains alcohol, the alcohol can get into cracks in skin and cause a burning sensation. This is caused by the skin condition, not the Purell.
Myth: Purell takes away the bad bacteria AND the good bacteria.
Truth: FALSE-Dr. Arbogast showed us studies that show that Purell leaves the good bacteria while killing the bad germs. Purell simply doesn’t kill everything it touches. It is formulated to kill germs without damaging the skin.
Purell is essential to good hand hygiene especially with little kids. Hand washing is ideal but, in instances when it’s not possible, Purell is the next best thing. Here are some fun facts the good doctors taught us about hand hygiene.
1) Hands should be washed for 20 seconds. This is about as long as it takes you to sing the Happy Birthday song twice.
2) Studies have shown that using hand sanitizer in the classroom lowers elementary school absenteeism.
3) Some germ hot spots are door knobs, libraries, airports, gym equipment, drinking fountains and entry ways.
4) Purell can be used for children under 6 but must be done under supervision.
5) Making up cute songs or names for hand washing and Purell routines are recommended for kids.
As you head into back to school season, be sure to stock up on your Purell to keep germs and illnesses at bay. Click here for more information.