COVID-19 Pandemic & Skin Care Guidelines for Health Care Professionals

COVID-19 and skin protection

  • Sadia Masood Aga Khan University
  • Saadia Tabassum Aga Khan University Hospital Karachi
  • Shaheen Naveed Liaquat national Hospital Karachi
  • Palwasha Jalil Aga Khan University Hospital Karachi
Keywords: Skin reaction, Health professionals, COVID-19, Personal protective equipment, Corona, Dermatitis, Skin care, Protective equipment


The Novel corona virus is bringing multiple challenges for health care professionals. Skin is the biggest organ and the first line of defense against different infections and external factors. Being the front line warriors, health care professionals are susceptible to various skin conditions due to prolonged use of personal protective equipment. These adverse skin conditions are redness, irritation, itching, contact dermatitis, and aggravation of underlying skin conditions like seborrheic dermatitis and acne vulgaris. In the current global situation, the potential incidence of such adverse dermatological effects does not in any manner cause the HCPs to deviate from the strict specific precautionary hygiene rules. These skin problems are manageable with the few precautionary measures. This article explores the different skin conditions that result from personal hygiene measures and usage of protective gear and will suggest some practical advice about how to manage and protect from these different adverse skin conditions.


How to cite this:
Masood S, Tabassum S, Naveed S, Jalil P. COVID-19 Pandemic & Skin Care Guidelines for Health Care Professionals. Pak J Med Sci. 2020;36(COVID19-S4):COVID19-S115-S117. doi:

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How to Cite
Masood, S., Tabassum, S., Naveed, S., & Jalil, P. (2020). COVID-19 Pandemic & Skin Care Guidelines for Health Care Professionals: COVID-19 and skin protection. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 36(COVID19-S4).