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susianna 12-12-2012 06:30 AM

dry hand recipes?
My hands are so dry, especially the palm of my right (dominant) hand. When I was in my car accident a few years ago, besides my head trauma, my hand was crushed and I've been through several surgeries for it, including skin grafts and contracture releases. Because of this, I have no sweat glands in that palm hence the dryness. I've tried lots of store-bought lotions and creams, but they only help a little. Does anyone know a homemade moisturizing/exfoliating recipe? Maybe one you use yourself? I'd appreciate some ideas.:heart:

GrumpyGramma 12-12-2012 01:16 PM

I'm so sorry to hear about your problem and what's caused it. I've heard that salt and olive oil make a good exfoliant and moisturizer. If you don't think it would hurt and haven't already tried it, you might give it a go. I really hope you find something that helps.

ABC's Mom 12-12-2012 06:15 PM

My husband gets excema on his hand and chest when the weather gets cold. He stumbled on this cream at a music festival that works wonders. He even had perscription creams that didn't work as well as this stuff does. It's called Sweet Bounty by Kinderhaven Farm. web site is It's made in a small, don't blink and you'll miss it, town here in MI. It works really well for him and clears up his skin in a couple of days. One jar is more than adequate to last him all winter.

offgridgirl 12-13-2012 12:17 AM

I use the Aveeno,dry-skin formula. It works great on rashes and my Psoriasis. I do use a walnut shell/ coco butter from Body shop for scrub in the shower.

susianna 12-13-2012 12:40 AM

GG, thank you for your kind words! I will certainly try that one, thank you.:heart:

susianna 12-13-2012 12:45 AM

ABC's Mom, that looks promising....I'm glad you're hubby finds relief with the Sweet Bounty. Their other products look good, too. I'll go ahead and order some! Thanks much.:hug:

susianna 12-13-2012 01:01 AM

Offgridgirl, I think that Body Shop scrub you mentioned sounds helpful too, because I really do need something to slough off all the callouses and dead skin that my yarn keeps catching on. It's a real pain in the butt. Thank you, girl! :hug:

GrumpyGramma 12-13-2012 01:33 AM

About 6 or 7 yrs. ago I developed something on my right palm and the heel of my hand. It starts out with a hard bump that starts looking like a pimple, then the skin gets all rough and at that time it progressed to a thick yellowish crud all over the palm and heel of my hand. I had no insurance and seeing a dr. was pretty much out of the question. I started covering it with a band aid for knees whenever anyone else might see it. It was just nasty looking. It itched too, so bad that I would use one of those file things for heels and scrape off layers of the dead skin. I came across a People's Pharmacy column in a newspaper that suggested turmeric might be helpful for some people with skin problems such as psoriasis and eczema. I went to Walmart and bought a bottle of turmeric capsules and started taking them. Within a few days the problem was not as severe, the dead skin buildup was going away, the itching was much less. I don't remember how long it took for my hand to clear up completely but it wasn't more than a few weeks I'm sure. If I stop taking the turmeric, it starts coming back. It won't work for every skin condition or for everyone, but if you're not allergic to turmeric and have a skin problem it might be worth a try. Currently I'm taking 4 500-mg. capsules a day but not so much for my hand - a smaller dose works for that - as because it helps with the pain and stiffness in my knees and hands. Here's the website for the People's Pharmacy. I won't say that they have all the answers, that none of the advice or recommendations you might find there are less than wonderful, but I don't think they are snake oil salesmen or totally down on prescriptions and when I've looked there they seemed to have a balanced approach.

Antares 12-13-2012 09:45 AM

GG, I'm so glad to hear you found a natural, relatively inexpensive solution.

And thanks for the link and recommendations, too.

I wonder, is it okay to "take" your daily dose of turmeric as chicken curry? Okay, well I don't eat it daily, but I could stand to eat it a lot more often (now if only hubby would get on board)! Another added benefit: the curry is great for keeping blood sugar in check. Oh, and the ginger is great for digestion. Hmmm . . . I think I'll go have some for breakfast!

GrumpyGramma 12-13-2012 12:15 PM

Antares, I think any way you ingest it is OK. I just find that taking it in capsule form is something I actually will do. I take it with orange juice. My sister tried it and said she didn't see any difference from it for her pain but she has had real pain problems that I can't even begin to imagine. I had no idea that curry is good for blood sugar. I know cinnamon is supposed to be.

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