The Use of an Over-the-Counter Hand Cream With Sweet Almond Oil for the Treatment of Hand Dermatitis

J Drugs Dermatol. 2018 Jan 1;17(1):78-82.


Hand dermatitis is estimated to affect greater than 15% of the general population. Childhood eczema, frequent hand washing, and occupational exposure to chemicals are predisposing factors. Hand dermatitis treatment involves both prevention of outbreaks and treatment of active disease. Moisturizers are essential to protect the skin from the environment, enhance hydration, and repair the skin barrier. They have been shown in large studies to prevent occupational related breakouts. Natural oils are commonly used in moisturizers for their moisturizing and emollient properties. Sweet almond oil is an oil that contains high levels of fatty acids and has been used for centuries to treat skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. In this study, a moisturizer with 7% sweet almond oil and 2% colloidal oatmeal was found to be both safe and effective in treating patients with moderate to severe hand dermatitis. <p><em>J Drugs Dermatol. 2018;17(1):78-82.</em></p>.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Dermatitis, Occupational / drug therapy*
  • Eczema / drug therapy*
  • Female
  • Hand Dermatoses / drug therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nonprescription Drugs
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Plant Oils / analysis
  • Plant Oils / therapeutic use*
  • Skin Cream / chemistry
  • Skin Cream / therapeutic use*
  • Skin Physiological Phenomena / drug effects
  • Young Adult


  • Nonprescription Drugs
  • Plant Oils
  • almond oil