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My fingertips are cracking!

post #1 of 21
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Two of them and it really hurts. I wear gloves when I do handwash of anything so I'm not abusing them. Does this happen to anyone else? What do you do for it? None of the lotions are helping, not even Neutrogena's concentrated stuff. The only thing that helps is putting on a bandaid ... and having to change it every time I wash my hands. Any ideas? Ow! Ow!
post #2 of 21
I have luck with Aveeno super dry skin cream during the winter.
post #3 of 21
I'd try a cream instead of a lotion. My sister uses them because they moisturize better. Maybe get some cotton gloves and either cream or vasseline and later your hands up at bedtime and put the gloves on.
post #4 of 21
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Originally Posted by MoochNNoodles View Post
I'd try a cream instead of a lotion. My sister uses them because they moisturize better. Maybe get some cotton gloves and either cream or vasseline and later your hands up at bedtime and put the gloves on.


My sister has the same problem. Sometimes she has to resort to straight Vaseline inside of gloves at night.

Maybe also try the body butters (they are more of a cream like MoochNNoodles said) rather than regular lotions. They're much thicker and "greasier" for lack of a better word.
post #5 of 21
Try sleeping with lotion all over your hands and put gloves on overnight...seriously, it sounds weird, but it works to keep the moisture in.
post #6 of 21
At night- slather vasoline (petroleum jelly) all over your hands and put gloves on them. This will drastically help stop the cracking and smooth your skin out. During the daytime, try using a very gentle antibacterial hand lotion (Bath and Body Works has a yummy smelling lotion hand sanatizer in cherry blossom- it will keep your skin moisturized and keep infections out if bacteria gets in the cracks of your skin). Also, the best hand lotion i've found so far is Dionis lotion (they use goats milk in all of their lotions and they're sooooo yummy and gentle on the skin.) their products are natural and extremly reasonably priced!

here's a link
http://www.dionissoap.com/
post #7 of 21
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I will try all of your suggestions. Thank you!
(Why wouldn't the multi quote thingy work for me?)
post #8 of 21
Click the "multi quote option" on all of the people you want to respond to, and then click the "reply" button in the left bottom corner of the screen, not the "quick reply to this message" button beside the "multi quote option" it won't work if you do that
post #9 of 21
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Also, the best hand lotion i've found so far is Dionis lotion (they use goats milk in all of their lotions and they're sooooo yummy and gentle on the skin.) their products are natural and extremly reasonably priced!

here's a link
http://www.dionissoap.com/
Just placed an order: Hand lotion (sugar hollow spice) and unscented moisturizer; also body wash and another lotion from the sale section, both albermarle pippin.
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Click the "multi quote option" on all of the people you want to respond to, and then click the "reply" button in the left bottom corner of the screen, not the "quick reply to this message" button beside the "multi quote option" it won't work if you do that
Thanks!
post #11 of 21
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Just placed an order: Hand lotion (sugar hollow spice) and unscented moisturizer; also body wash and another lotion from the sale section, both albermarle pippin.

Awesome! I hope you like their products as much as i do! I have very dry skin, so i've found that their products are extremly gentle and moisturize very well (by the way, the sugar hollow spice smells yummy- you're gonna love that one!)

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Thanks!
no problem
post #12 of 21
Vaseline isn't absorbed by the skin, but it does seal in moisture. I recommend getting a heavy-duty hand moisturizer, slathering it on your hands, then adding a layer of vaseline over that and putting gloves on. It works really well for me.
post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by LoveMyBabies View Post
Vaseline isn't absorbed by the skin, but it does seal in moisture. I recommend getting a heavy-duty hand moisturizer, slathering it on your hands, then adding a layer of vaseline over that and putting gloves on. It works really well for me.

I could put the vaseline over the Neutrogena concentrate. Now I need a cotton glove .... uno momento! I have some lightweight cotton gardening gloves!
Okay, gonna give that a try at bedttime. Thanks!
post #14 of 21
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I could put the vaseline over the Neutrogena concentrate. Now I need a cotton glove .... uno momento! I have some lightweight cotton gardening gloves!
Okay, gonna give that a try at bedttime. Thanks!
Sounds weird, but if you don't have cotton gloves, you can put a pair of white cotton socks on your hands as "mittens" instead
post #15 of 21
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Sounds weird, but if you don't have cotton gloves, you can put a pair of white cotton socks on your hands as "mittens" instead
Not weird! I did the glove last night and they were a little better today. I'll do the sock tonight. Probably won't get so much rubbed off.
Thanks!
post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by Phat Locani View Post
Not weird! I did the glove last night and they were a little better today. I'll do the sock tonight. Probably won't get so much rubbed off.
Thanks!
No problem! I hope your hands get to feeling better soon / Be sure to put some neosporin/polysporin in the deep cracked skin so that it does not get infected if it cracks even more. / Now that you're conditioning them every night, they should be in great shape in no time!
post #17 of 21
Bandaid liquid bandaid and hand cream
post #18 of 21
I have psoriasis and the only thing that really helps make my hands feel better and gets them soft is udderly smooth udder cream. I love it.
http://www.uddercream.com/products.html
post #19 of 21
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I have psoriasis and the only thing that really helps make my hands feel better and gets them soft is udderly smooth udder cream. I love it.
http://www.uddercream.com/products.html
You don't by chance have psorasis on your scalp do you? If you do, what do you use to treat yours?
post #20 of 21
I havn't gotten it on my scalp yet. Just my feet and hands so far.
post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by Phat Locani View Post
Two of them and it really hurts. I wear gloves when I do handwash of anything so I'm not abusing them. Does this happen to anyone else? What do you do for it? None of the lotions are helping, not even Neutrogena's concentrated stuff. The only thing that helps is putting on a bandaid ... and having to change it every time I wash my hands. Any ideas? Ow! Ow!
Holy cow yes! My flesh on my fingers basically split open in the winter. It's the worst on my index fingers and thumbs. The rest of the knuckle sides of my fingers look like their covered in scales. I've never had a problem until just a few years ago. My knuckels split open too, and it's very painful. My right middle finger tip has been so heavily damaged that I no longer have a finger print on it (it's just smooth and hard/callused on a good day, it's cracked and peeling and bloody most of the time). I keep that finger taped up 90% of the time.

I'm positive that finger just has a ringworm infection that won't go away, but every doctor I've gone to says it's nothing and it's dry skin. Anti-fungal creams sort of help, but it just comes back once I stop using them. I've had ringworm on my hands pretty frequenty when I was a kid and taking some griseofluvin gets rid of it in no time flat, but my pediatrician moved back to Korea years ago and no other doctor will perscribe it for me.

When it gets really bad I dip my entire hands in hot parrafin and it sort of helps for a bit. I'll dip, wait till it hardens, dip again, and repeat about 10 times, and I'll leave it on till it gets hard and solid and peel it off. Then I make sure I keep my hands warm for several hours after that, immediately exposing them to cold seems to make it even worse than it was before.
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