During the cold times of the year my hands usually get pretty damn dry. Well this year its been teh worst ever! My hands will not absorb any cream I rub into it, well it does but it doesn't even moisterize it. They have scabs all over them from the cracking and bleeding that occurs from them being so dry. Does anyone have any suggestions what I can do with this?
I used to have this stuff that was INCREDIBLE from burt's bees. I can't remember exactly what it was called, but it in a little green pot and smelled kinda like lavender, and it totally stopped all the cracking and bleeding on my cuticles from winter and chemical services performed without gloves.
Do you hands normally get that try around winter/early spring? You might want to get that check out if this really that bad!
Are you in any sort of pain at all from the dryness???
I'd recommend slathering on either vaseline or a heavy duty moisturizer (one with shea or cocoa butter) and then slipping into some gloves before bed and wearing them overnight.
Maybe try Cetaphil as well.
But you might want to get that looked at if it's that serious.
yea they used to just get dry, and have some light scabbage but never bleeding. and they do kinda hurt when I put regular cream over and over, it stings! I'm going to see what is available at the local Walgreens or Walmart for those creams suggested above. I just can't wait for the head to come, cuz then it goes away!
Elisabeth Arden 8 hour cream is amazing. They do a hand cream in it too. Years ago they used to use it in hospitals to put on Burns and wounds to heal. It is amazing, every make-up artist i know carries it in their kit, it's also amazing as a lip balm too, it just does everything. It is very thick and feels sticky and oily and smells like an antibackterial but it truly is amazing. Go to a counter somewhere and ask for a sample or try it there.
other than seeing a doctor as others have suggested, drink water...not just a little, but a lot more than you normally do. In dry conditions, your body dehydrates...your extremities would be the first to show most likely.
Skip the lotions, go with the lighter mineral oils. Alpha Keri is a great lightweight spray on oil that I used in the mountains for winter dryness when I was a ski instructor. Combo this WITH a lightweight glove, like a ski glove "glove liner", and you should do better fast. As well, with a liner, you can still shoot or handle brushes (whatever you do...)
My mum has this problem. Her hands make me want to cry because it looks so terribly painful. Her finger tips and knuckles are always broken and bleeding through out the winter.
Everytime you wash your hands, follow it with moisturiser. Everytime you get inside from being outdoors, put on moisturiser. Every time you're not doing something, put some moisturiser on. Then do it again.
She doesn't like sleeping with the gloves on so at the end of the day she sits and watches the news with them on for a little while. She uses polysporin on the cuts and a cream in a green tube....with a white flower on it. It also comes in a tin. i can't remember the name. sorry.
Washington, District of Columbia, US
Go to Whole Foods and get the highest unit of pure Vitamin E oil for your hands and apply it constantly until it heals. Seriously. Forget what others had said. I did this experiment on someone who had the same issue as you and she tried everything you can imagine and nothing worked but pure vitamin E oil. I got her some Vitamin E oil in the capsules and pop them and applied it on her. I told her to constantly apply it on her hand and it healed in like 3 days. She was my assistant on a shoot and was very thankful. Until then, she couldn't get rid of the issue.
To the OP: There are a lot of really great solutions in here, see what feels the most comfortable to you and try it out. The best advice will always come from your doctor or pharmacist, but the home remedies in here may help in the meantime.
Elegy Ink wrote: During the cold times of the year my hands usually get pretty damn dry. Well this year its been teh worst ever! My hands will not absorb any cream I rub into it, well it does but it doesn't even moisterize it. They have scabs all over them from the cracking and bleeding that occurs from them being so dry. Does anyone have any suggestions what I can do with this?
Am I doomed to wear gloves until summer comes?
Maybe get a humidifier for your bedroom, use only moisterizing soaps and use hypo-allergenic intensive hand creams which are so much better. I keep hand cream in my purse and I apply it almost every hour (not exaggerating). Never forget to use hand cream after washing hands. Maybe your doctor or dermatologist can recommend a hand cream for you.
At night, after you apply intensive hand cream, put on a pair of cotton gloves (even loose fitting cotton socks will do) and slide it over your hands when you go to bed. You can remove it in the middle of the night.
Also use cuticle oil every day to protect nail area.
These habits (above) work for me. Toronto is very dry in the winter.
http://www.gardenshoponline.com/catalog … ds_jar.jpg It's packaging won a bunch of design awards a few years ago.
It's really good product too, my whole family works with their hands (mechanic/logger/RCI/constuction/farming) and get really bad split cracked skin, it works really well for them.
You can get it at drugstores, farm stores and probably online too...
I have that same problem. I have so much dry skin in the winter (if I'm not careful) it hurts.
And a lot of things in this thread work!
here's what I do:
Something you may want to consider, is you possibly have a mild allergy to antibacterial soap, or possibly (and this is true in my case) plain old soap. Try looking for a moisturizing hand wash, generally something containing milk proteins or jojoba oil or shea butter, milk honey, all that sort of stuff.
Also, at night I completely coat my hands in Vitamin E oil hardly rubbing it in, and put on cotton gloves and sleep with them on. Don't get it in your eyes! You should notice a significant difference after a few nights.
If you start having it on your arms or legs or anywhere else on your body, try getting a sac of instant oats (oat meal oats), a gallon of whole milk and boil the milk and oats together. Put the mixture into a nylon stocking and take a nice luke warm bath with it and all that excess cream. Rub it in. Feels good. (and don't forget to rinse it all off, because it gets all powdery when it drys) But no longer than 15 minutes.
Finish up by applying a nice body oil (I use just regular neutrogena) while you're still wet, (like just turned off the shower and you're still in there wet), and then air dry.
If you use the body oil routinely, you can kiss your dry skin goodbye.
Love this thread! Me & my kids are new to the northeast (used to temps not going below 40) and we're cracking up all over the place. I put some vaseline and tons of moisturizer on because I didn't know what else to do, but it hasn't really been helping. Thank you so much for posting all these great things to try!
My six year old has the same problem. Very dry skin and cracks. Poor thing no matter what lotion/creme I use it doesnt seem to help. His skin just sucks it right up. Winters are the worse!
But I have found a product that seems to work great for his skin. Its called California Mango Hand and Body care. Specifically The California Mango Mend Skin, Cuticle and Nail Treatment Balm for Excessively Dry Skin. I love this stuff. Its all natural, gulten and paraben free, vegan friendly. It smells great. It does however leave an oily/greasy residue if you apply to much.