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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
I have such terribly dry, sore hands this time of year. My hands and knuckles actually bleed at times, they are so sore they hurt me. I have just developed this problem in the last few years now. Does anyone else have this problem and if you do what hand lotion would you recommend? I've been using Bath & Body Works hand lotion and they are not helping at all. I've tried other brands too without much results.
post #2 of 24
I use Aveda Hand Relief, it's wonderful!
post #3 of 24
Yes! My knuckles bleed sometimes also. I have had luck with Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion with Menthol.


http://www.aveeno.com/detailAction.do?id=3684
post #4 of 24
I don't get dry skin nearly as bad as you do- but I do get dry spots & Chad's hands are always scaley.... but we use two different types of lotions that I LOVE

1. Curel Ultra Healing Lotion Link
2. Hempz Herbal Moisturizer Link

The Hempz is definetely my favorite but a little pricey, yet worth it! It smells really good too... The Curel makes my skin feel silky smooth after I put it on- it's a teeny bit greasy at first but once you soak it up it makes your skin so nice!

Edit- I should add that Hempz can be hard to find sometimes. Amazon has it, I've also seen it at tanning places, hair salons, and Trade Secret if you have one of those.
post #5 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys! I will have to try Aveeno, haven't tried that yet.
post #6 of 24
My hands have been dry due to the weather and I've been using Johnson's Baby Lotion at night - I've noticed a difference. Mine are just slightly dry, though, nothing like what you're saying - some of the other recommendations sound a bit better than mine.
post #7 of 24
Aveeno is good, and Neutrogena Emulsion is another moisture rich formula that works GREAT and is really long lasting.
post #8 of 24
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by SarahBeez View Post
I don't get dry skin nearly as bad as you do- but I do get dry spots & Chad's hands are always scaley.... but we use two different types of lotions that I LOVE

1. Curel Ultra Healing Lotion Link
2. Hempz Herbal Moisturizer Link

The Hempz is definetely my favorite but a little pricey, yet worth it! It smells really good too... The Curel makes my skin feel silky smooth after I put it on- it's a teeny bit greasy at first but once you soak it up it makes your skin so nice!

Edit- I should add that Hempz can be hard to find sometimes. Amazon has it, I've also seen it at tanning places, hair salons, and Trade Secret if you have one of those.
The Hempz looks very good. I've already tried Curel Ultra Healing and didn't notice much difference and I don't like the ones that feel greasy. Thanks!
post #9 of 24
I use Crabtree and Evelyn's gardener's line of products. They have "Hand Recovery" as a treatment and then I follow with "Hand Therapy".
Also Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream and Eucerin Cream work well to.
If you have dry hands as I do (I do landscaping for a living) try to wear gloves as much as possible-esp when doing dished. It makes a big difference. Also switch to creams instead of lotions as they contain less water. Also try applying before bedtime and wear gloves to bed.
post #10 of 24
My mom had really dry hands that cracked and bled until a pharmacist suggested she take Vitamin A supplements. You might consult your doctor about that.
post #11 of 24
I will add my thumbs up for the Aveeno too.
I'm also a big fan of the Gold Bond Ultimate moisterizer. This stuff is great for my dry, itchy legs and I use it on my face at night for intense moisture.

Edit - I just read GailC reommendation of Crabtree & Evelyn. I tried their "La Source" Hand therapy, and I really loved it. Quite pricey though.
post #12 of 24
My dermatologist says the key is to keep moisture in(duh!). He reccomends that people use the "gloves" that hold moisture in(I think they are moisturizing gloves or something along that line). I put on Eucerin cream & then put these gloves on while I sleep. They are much better in the am. I found mine in ShopKo. My dermatologist also reccomds Curel lotions & "gloves ina a bottle". He says nothing scented...that can irritate the skin further.

My skin cracks & bleeds, too, so I know the feeling!
post #13 of 24
Gold Bond is the stuff! I use a lot of their product lines.
post #14 of 24
My hands crack, too because I wash my hands a lot at work. I use the Vaseline hand lotion, the stuff with Vaseline actually in it (although I usually buy generic). It's really greasy, though. I put on the Vaseline stuff, then rub in some regular lotion, like Suave or whatever, on top of it. Then you kind of have to wait a few minutes for it to soak in. Annoying, I don't like the greasies either, but it does work.
post #15 of 24
Just plain old vaseline works wonders if you'll put it on thick at night and wear rubber gloves (if you can stand them) and sleep in them. During the day just use lotion as you feel like you need it. The vaseline makes a HUGE difference!!
post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by neetanddave View Post
Gold Bond is the stuff! I use a lot of their product lines.
I agree!!!
post #17 of 24
I have this very same issue especially in the Winter, Lisa, and it doesn't help that I'm neurotic about washing my hands. #1 absolute cures are Boot's Mediterranean Body Butters! My current favorite is their Milk Almond Pistachio and their Honey Olive Neroli (can't find the link to that one at the moment). Their Olive Wheatgerm& Honey is out of this world! Just couldn't get it last time I ordered, and Bergomot Olive & Orange is super, too! We can't order straight from them here in the US, but can find super, duper deals on ebay. Please send me a note if you're interested. I'd love to help you track them down!

Easier to find cure around here is Burt's Bees Milk & Honey Body Lotion!
post #18 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for all these helpful suggestions! Stephanie, I have the same problem with washing my hands like crazy, I swear I'm a fanatic about it. I'm always afraid I'm going to give Sash germs. I sometimes think it might also be different soaps I'm using that are making this problem worse. They seem to be worse when I use the antibacterial hand soaps, so I'm going to stop using them and see if it get's better.
post #19 of 24
Perhaps one of the B&BW moisturizing antibacterial soaps, Lisa? They work best for me.
post #20 of 24
We use so much Chlorox at work that my knuckles get cracked and bleed. It doesn't help that Gracie likes to show her love with teeth and claws. She grabs and bites, then licks your hand.

I have yet to find a hand cream that works, but I use a face night cream that helps a lot, at least over the weekend when I'm not washing my hands and using Chlorox as much. I switch between an Avon product in the bathroom and an Oil of Olay one in the bedroom.
post #21 of 24
I can't use most lotions (or soaps) because I have eczema on my hands and have chemical sensitivities, but I love this stuff called Prevex.

http://www.stiefel.ca/en/about_skin/prevex.html

It coats and protects the skin, but isn't greasy, and lasts through several hand-washings! I love this stuff.

Cheers, from
SwampWitch
post #22 of 24
I was told to use bar soap as it is easiest on the hands...so I use Dove's moisturizing bar soaps whenever I wash my hands. You may think I'm a freak, but I carry a bar of soap in a baggie in my purse!
post #23 of 24
I use vasaline dry skin lotion. I really like it.
post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by dawnofsierra View Post
Perhaps one of the B&BW moisturizing antibacterial soaps, Lisa? They work best for me.
I was just going to suggest that! In the winter I switch from regular antibacterial soaps (softsoap) to a B&BW moisterizing lotion soap.
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