Article describes a new spray-applied solution for skin that neutralizes the irritating effects of wet concrete. Manufactured by Force Field Technologies Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, the solution is formulated to control chronic and allergic dermatitis by acting as a topical skin buffer and neutralizer. Tests show that it neutralizes the high pH, or alkalinity, on skin that has been in contact with wet concrete and reduces hexavalent chromium (a chemical in cement that causes allergic contact dermatitis) to undetectable levels.
The product comes in a spray bottle that contains chemical crystals. The user fills the bottle with tap water, shakes it to dissolve the crystals and sprays the resulting solution on skin immediately after contact with wet concrete. Concrete-contaminated clothing can also be sprayed with the solution before washing.