Skin care company helps heal school bus mechanics’ hands

Posted on February 1, 2009

FLORENCE, S.C. — School bus mechanics here recently partnered with a local maintenance and industrial supply company to use skin care products for their hands on a trial basis.

Jenny Lynn Fogle, owner of Palmetto Specialty Products in Columbia, obtained products from Charleston-based skin care company L’Athene to develop a treatment regimen for the mechanics, who have dealt with dry, cracked hands due to frequent hand washing and handling of vehicle fluids.

“I’ve seen some horrible hand problems with the maintenance guys,” Fogle told The State. “They have cracked, open hands, bleeding, chapped to the point they can’t even hold a tool, their hands are so messed up.”

In some cases, damage to the skin has been so painful that mechanics have been forced to miss work. Fogle reported that by using the skin care products regularly, the mechanics were able to see a difference in the condition of their skin within three days.

Created by two nurses who formerly worked at Johns Hopkins with burn patients, L’Athene started as an anti-aging skincare line. The company’s formulations, which contain vitamins, minerals, proteins and fatty acids, are intended for all skin types, including aging and challenged skin.


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