Innovative new HydraSoft® technology from Ansell is designed to retain moisture and rehydrate your skin, despite continual glove-wearing and frequent contact with astringent hand cleansers and disinfectants. HydraSoft® helps keep your skin moist, supple and fulfilling its natural barrier function. HydraSoft® technology is incorporated into the new Gammex® PF HydraSoft® surgical glove from Ansell. Gammex® PF HydraSoft®: the glove that rehydrates your skin as you wear it.
The problem - drying skin on hands
One of the functions of the epidermis is to maintain the skin’s natural moisture: it contains lipids, which act as a barrier, preventing water content from evaporating from the deeper skin layers. However, this normal barrier function can be disrupted, resulting in dry skin.
For the hands of healthcare staff, especially in the operating theatres, this disruption can occur for 2 reasons:
Constant glove-wearing keeps hands in a perspiration bath that softens the skin and weakens the epidermis.
Frequent hand-washing and the use of alcohol-based disinfectants can directly attack the skin’s lipid layer.
The resulting dry, cracked skin opens a migration path for irritants, allergens and micro-organisms.
How HydraSoft® helps
HydraSoft® technology from Ansell actively retains moisture and rehydrates the skin during use. It is odourless and contains a skin-friendly humectant moisturiser that penetrates into the stratum corneum, where it attracts and retains water. Another ingredient is Dimethicone, which forms a protective barrier and prevents the skin from drying out.
The result is a soft, smooth and moisturised skin. HydraSoft® technology is gentle to sensitive skin, yet provides robust protection from drying or cracking.