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Old 04-11-2006, 12:23 PM   #1
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any suggestions for cracked skin
Prolly a little TMI, but here goes.

I normally have dry skin ( i wash my hands, dishes, constantly). I use lotion every day (gold bond), but have noticed, moreso since I started to knit, that my hands, fingers are getting more dried out than normal. Even so, I now have a "cracked skin" on my right forefinger, in the "bend" near the tip.

They way I knit, I sometimes, accidently, push the end of my addi in that spot.. (not now, cuz it hurts like a son of a gun).

Do you guys have any recommendations for any really good hand lotions, etc that might help me prevent the dryness??? It's really driving me crazy when this happens!!

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Old 04-11-2006, 12:28 PM   #2
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While you're waiting for someone with more experience to answer....

I do find yarn very drying, some are worse than others I've noticed, too. I put lotion on before I knit and let it soak in. If there are any cracks I put a bandaid and Neosporin on it if it's in an area that yarn crosses or where needles put pressure. My lotion of choice is Lubriderm for very dry skin because it does soak in and isn't greasy.

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Old 04-11-2006, 12:57 PM   #3
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Here's a couple threads already started about the subject...

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I must say that my favorite remedy is the paraffin spa that my sweet hubby surprised me like a charm
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Old 04-11-2006, 02:23 PM   #5
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I use Udderly Smooth I had the same problem.My fabic store even sells this.But I usally get it at Walgreens cause it's cheaper.I now use it on my legs too.It was made to put on udders of cows My DH uses it too and his hands get really dry in the winter. Give it a try

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Originally Posted by momwolf
I use Udderly Smooth I had the same problem.My fabic store even sells this.But I usally get it at Walgreens cause it's cheaper.I now use it on my legs too.It was made to put on udders of cows My DH uses it too and his hands get really dry in the winter. Give it a try
My quilter friend introduced this to me and it really works! When we first moved to CO, I had the worst case of dry skin ever, but it seems to have gotten better and I don't need to constantly apply lotion. Udderly Smooth is great! Give it a try!

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I do nighttime vaseline treatments. I'm a nursing student, and I wash my hands obsessively. Sometimes I get such dry skin that it cracks and bleeds. It's horrible. I use lotion generously (my favorite is Avon Moisture Therapy with Oatmeal) but when that doesn't cut it, I'll take out the cotton lotion gloves (you can get them at most drugstores) and I slather my hands with vaseline, a nice hefty layer on my skin, then I put the gloves on. I've also heard that some people do this and put plastic wrap on their hands, or non-latex gloves. But the overnight treatment with the vaseline really works for me in a day, two at the most.

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OK, I read all the other links about dry hands, but no one recommended what I've found. This is not for dry hands, but for sore spots on your hands. It's an adhesive "thimble" which is a small circle you can place wherever you have a sore spot on your hand. It works beautifully!

It sticks very well, and stays on until you remove it. I wouldn't recommend putting it on an open wound, but if you have a spot that always gets sore when you knit, it would be perfect.

I use it when I'm doing embroidery so I don't stab my finger over and over again.
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I use Avons Care Deeply with Cocoa butter or Palmers cocoa butter since they don't have much by way of scent (I have eczema, and the fruity and flowery smells can dry your skin). They both work great.

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I work in food service and spend a lot of time washing my hands and dishes (and then dunking dishes in a santizing solution that's even more drying!) and my skin, which never used to be dry, is cracked and all dry now too.

I love love L VE our parrafin spa. I use it twice a day - once right before I leave for work and then again when I get home from work. In between, I use Cocoa Butter or Shea Butter (whichever's cheapest the day I'm shopping) whenever I feel I need it. Or whenever the bottle's staring me in the face. I just like moisturizing, even if I don't necessarily need it.

For cracks, Vitamin E oil seems to do the trick. Just massage it into the cracks at least once a day and in a short while, they'll be gone. It's an amazing overall moisturizer too, but it comes with a hefty price tag if you're just buying the oil. (You can also buy the gelcaps of them and pierce it with a safety pin and squeeze the oil out. My local pharmacy has bottles of the oil, though, and I find that to be more economical.)

And of course, never forget the wisdom of soaking in a tub of oatmeal when you had the Chicken Pox or a really bad sunburn. An oatmeal handbath softens the skin like nothing else. Which always feels good. Sugar with olive or mineral oil works as a nice and gentle exfolliant too...

I think I've said more than enough to proove I'm a little bit obsessive about this, in any case... :walks away slowly:
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