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Old 12-12-2012, 06:30 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:16 PM   #2
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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.
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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 www.kinderhavenfarm.com. 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.
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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.
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:01 AM   #5
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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!
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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. http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/ 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.
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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.
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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.
Let me know if it works for you. He loves the stuff!
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Udo's Oil
Hi - I'm new here - just created my account to ask some beginner questions on knitting, but saw this thread and wanted to post. We had been battling this in my family for years, until last year, when we started taking Udo's oil (Google it, but it is udoerasmus.com). During the winter we take a little under the recommended Tbs. for every 50lbs of body weight - within a couple of weeks the harsh dry skin was healed up, and I believe it is good for your internals as well. I still use a little lotion on the extremities, but the cracking/bleeding is gone. Heals you from the inside out... Hope this helps!
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:40 AM   #10
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GG, thank you for your kind words! I will certainly try that one, thank you.
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