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post #1 of 17
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Just wondering if anyone else gets horribly dry chapped hands when the weather gets cold. I wash my hands a lot and I know that has something to do with it. I bought some stuff called "Badger" which helps a little but my right hand is especially cracked and painful today. It's at the point where I can't even bend my fingers and I'm just sitting here feeling pretty miserable. Regular lotion burns horribly so that's out of the question. Any suggestions that I can try?
post #2 of 17
I have psoriasis on my hands and feet so they can get pretty dry and uncomfortable. I use a lotion called udderly smooth udder cream. I LOVE it and won't use anything else! It makes them feel soooo much better and I havn't found anything else that works as good. It soaks right in and doesn't make them feel greasy either.

http://www.uddercream.com/products.html

You can find it at stores like walgreens and walmart.
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by Kaylacat View Post
I have psoriasis on my hands and feet so they can get pretty dry and uncomfortable. I use a lotion called udderly smooth udder cream. I LOVE it and won't use anything else! It makes them feel soooo much better and I havn't found anything else that works as good. It soaks right in and doesn't make them feel greasy either.

http://www.uddercream.com/products.html

You can find it at stores like walgreens and walmart.
Udder cream works wonders!
post #4 of 17
The udder cream burned my hands...which literally split open & bleed spontaneously. I use Cocoa Butter....I bought a nice big jar for $4. And I wear those moisture gloves at night right after I put on lotion.
post #5 of 17
The best thing I have ever used it my life is a sugar scrub I made last year in one of my clubs at college. It only took about 5 minutes to make and it does wonders for hands, legs, feet anything!
And plus its great to make a big batch and put them in pretty jars for Christmas presents for girlfriends!
http://www.recipezaar.com/92027
Thats a good recipe for one, its pretty easy and you might already have all the stuff to do it. Just do some searching and you can get more complex ones!

All I do for mine is take about a half dollar size glob and rub it on my hands for about 5 minutes and then wash it off in warm water. I always do mine at night because it makes your hands a little slippery! and be very careful if you do the scrub over the tub, it will make it very slick when water hits it the next time!
post #6 of 17
My hands seem to get hopeless in the winter.. I bathe dogs at work, and being in the soapy water all day just kills them. The things that have worked best for me without burning are Gold Bond Ultimate lotion and Burt's Bees (Honey & Orange Wax). But things seem to work in cycles for me, and both of these are currently not working as well as they used to. I don't so much have the dry, cracked skin all over, though, unless I don't keep up with the lotion. I end up with red patches that sometimes blister up. Ugh.
post #7 of 17
No, but my husband does. You might try this:
http://www.thebodyshop.com/bodyshop/...yId=cat4750003
post #8 of 17
I have eczema that flares up on my hands in summer and when i'm stressed. Sometimes it can take weeks or months to settle down, other times i barely see it. One of the cons of working at the shelter was we were always washing our hands and using that antibacterial gel that you don't wash off, after every contact with an animal before and after. It really made my life hell.

For a while i was using a vitamin e face cream believe it or not. The topical creams from the chemist were so smelly and sticky or just didn't work. I also used to put alot of clear aloe gel on my hands before bed. Atm i'm between tubes as my face moisturiser is a little too scented for my hands. Apparently any sort of lotion/cream without soap & fragrences in it is a good thing. I also bought a bar of pure goatsmilk soap from my craftstore, they make it there and dont add perfumes to it. I think it's been clearing my hands up a bit, and does wonders for any part of the body.

Needless to say sometimes i still feel i haven't found the right product.
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the suggestions! I really don't remember my hands ever getting this bad and what's strange is that it seems to only be my right hand this time. I'm headed to the store and I'm going to pick up several different things that you all have suggested and give them a try!
post #10 of 17
Our vet at the shelter where I work bought us a huge jar of this Bova Derm cream (it's like udder butter- but WAY better!!!)

It works amazingly well!!! We are constantly having to scrub our hands down for surgeries/etc and cleaning kennels/etc- so they get really dry. This stuff keeps them looking awesome!!!! This is a perfect heavy duty "hand cream" it really keeps your hands from suffering in the winter time!!! http://www.drugs.com/vet/bova-derm.html

When i'm at home, i also like to use Doinis extra rich hand cream- all of their products are made from Goatsmilk and use very gentle ingredients. They have lots of different scents to choose from- it moisturizes very well!!! It's not greasy at all eithor!! Also- one little tube will last you ages! You can use it on your feet and elbows or anywhere else that gets dry. http://dionissoap.com/Merchant2/merc...roduct_Count=4

Burts Bee's Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream is AWESOME too!!!! (you can get it at many places- i got mine from Walgreens!) It smells soooooooo insanely deliscious- and it moisturizes very very well! It's a little more greasy than the other two i mentioned- but when you apply it at night, it doesn't matter! http://www.burtsbees.com/webapp/wcs/...0001&langId=-1
post #11 of 17
Oh I love this stuff:
http://www.beeology.com/
vanilla grapefruit...makes your hands feel great!
It is an Ohio based company so you will have to order online..

Not greasy and won't burn...so sorry you are in some much pain!

Oh and the gloves whitecatlover suggested...buy those too...will help much!
post #12 of 17
This thread is very timely for me also! Since I do surgical scrubs all day long, my hands are chapped and rough now too. I've been using my Lac-Hydrin at night and Ahava during the day, but neither seem to be working very well. I've got cracks in my right thumb that hurt so bad that I had to put Dermabond (surgical skin glue) on them to glue them shut. Since it's been cold in the morning when I go to work, I try to remember to wear my gloves. Unfortunately, my dry skin already seems worse than ever before.
post #13 of 17
With landscaping as my job my hands can get pretty dry as they get scrubbed alot.
I use Crabtree and Evelyn's Gardener's Therapy line of products which is awesome!!!
Also if they are really bad I keep a jar of Eucerin on the dresser (don't get the fake stuff get the real Eucerin) and then sleep with thin cotton gloves. Of course I don't mae it the entire night with the gloves but they work wonders!!
post #14 of 17
post #15 of 17
I find beeswax stuff is great, no chemicals to sting! It's great when I have dry skin anyway. Get some beeswax and either almond or apricot oil and make it like you were making lip balm, but use more oil than usual, and you have the perfect moisturiser.
post #16 of 17
I like the Burt's Bees Almond Milk stuff, too, but sometimes it will sting pretty badly when my hands are in really bad shape..

I may have to try to track down some of these others things mentioned, too.. I just hate to spend the extra money ordering online.
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by bnwalker2 View Post
Just wondering if anyone else gets horribly dry chapped hands when the weather gets cold. I wash my hands a lot and I know that has something to do with it. I bought some stuff called "Badger" which helps a little but my right hand is especially cracked and painful today. It's at the point where I can't even bend my fingers and I'm just sitting here feeling pretty miserable. Regular lotion burns horribly so that's out of the question. Any suggestions that I can try?

I'm not alone!!!!

One of my OCDs is washing my hands... maybe 30 or more times a day. My knuckles literally drip blood every winter and lotions don't work too well considering I wash my hands, on average, 20 minutes apart.
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