I am an employee of a hospital, working 3-4 days a week, and also a clinical student, with 3 days/week at my clinical site. This amounts to 6-7 days spent at a hospital. At my work alone, I estimate that I use the foam hand sanitzer about 250-300 times per shift (I work in another department besides nursing). When a clinical, this could been 100-150 times per shift. I am very particular about foaming in/foaming out and washing my hands before and after procedures.What I have found is that the top layer of skin on my palms is now pealing off and my hands are sore/red. I use lotions and also apply a thick layer of petroleum jelly to combat this. Besides the breaks in the barriers of my skin, I can't help but wonder what all of the alcohol/chemicals in the foam are doing to my skin and body. I am sure, like most things, hand sanitzer/hand foams are safe in moderation. But those of us in healthcare use them perhaps hundreds of times on a daily basis over many, many years. What does this extreme use do to our skin and our bodys? Are we absorbing toxic chemicals?