PSA. Seriously.

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  1. MarkieMark

    MarkieMark Tele-Holic

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    Many if you may be finding your hands chapped, dry and sensitive to the point of modest burning/pain these days.
    Having worked in an environment where exposure to the cold, heat, chemicals, cleaners and frequent washing has been the norm for decades, I have some experience with what many more may now be discovering.
    Certainly the rate I have been washing lately, combined with the frequent use of sanitizers- has reminded me.......

    I have found two products that stand out far above what is commonly available.
    The trick is remembering to use BEFORE the need becomes too obvious.

    O'keefe's Working Hands- good stuff and worth seeking out. It really helps.
    I think CVS carries it here.

    Another product that is less common is called "No Crack"
    Yeah, its funny. Go ahead.....
    But get some if you can find it.
    I dont know who makes it, but I order it from Duluth Trading Company.
    https://www.duluthtrading.com/no-crack-16-oz.-super-hand-cream-57315.html?ev3=#q=no+crack&lang=default&start=1

    *theres other good products there if you are so inclined.
     
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    I've found O'Keefe's at home depot as well.
     
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    Key word: "before." Maybe in my next life I will have the wisdom to do stuff like this before the trouble arrives. I need the stuff that fixes things, like your weathered hands, after the damage is done. Unfortunately, nobody makes it.
     
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    Beeswax and Olive Oil work great
     
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    As a letter carrier, my hands get so dry and cracked in the winter (can't really wear gloves) to the point that I have to use super glue to patch up the slices. For me, what really works is generously coating the hands in vaseline beneath a pair of garden gloves at night while I sleep. The results can be nothing short of a miracle.
     
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    Farmers use Bag Balm.

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    On their hands or on their ......?
     
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    Bag balm is wonderful stuff for dry hands. So is pure lanolin. Pure petroleum jelly can also work wonders.

    I like my goatskin driving gloves; they release lanolin into my hands.
     
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    I've used the O'Keefe's too and it works really well. Haven't seen the No Crack though. I (at this point used to) volunteer at one of our hospitals visiting patients and we have always had to sanitize our hands before and after going in to any room even if it wasn't an isolation room. It got so I would have to take time off to let my skin heal because I'd lose a whole layer of skin every day. O'Keefe's is good at restoring and protecting.
     
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    Many years ago I worked for an old farmer in the produce business. The work was dirty (always wash your produce) and wet. It destroyed my hands. They looked worse than my dad's and he was an aircraft mechanic.

    Old farmer guy swore by Corn Huskers Lotion and Bag Balm. They both seemed to really help dried cracked skin.
     
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    Bag balm works. The product I used was very close to No Crack.

    And yeah, if you apply any of it fairly generously and then put on some gloves (I use non-latex, as frequent use causes another kind of sensitivity altogether) and keep the gloves on for about an hour, the stuff kind of "supercharges" the skin with deep moisture. A couple days of that and the dry cracking begins to heal in a dramatic fashion.
    good tip.
     
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    Good info here, thanks!
     
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    I highly recommend Gold Bond Ultimate. I bought some earlier this winter when my hands were really bad. Within about 2 uses they were as good as new. It is great stuff.
     
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    I'm a lab tech in a compounding pharmacy. Although we wear nitrile gloves, there's lots of hand washing and I occasionally spritz my bare hands with isopropyl alcohol if I'm in a hurry. :rolleyes:

    One common hand lotion that works surprisingly well is Jergens Ultra Healing. It's non-greasy and not highly scented.

    To Milspec's Vaseline/glove suggestion above, I would respectfully add that I've had to do the same thing during dry winter weather. If my hands and knuckles.were split I would apply triple antibiotic ointment with gloves, and often see improvement by the following morning.
     
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    This stuff here was a life saver when I used to work outdoors and my fingers would crack and bleed. Get the creme, not the lotion.

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    I used Corn Huskers back when I worked on cars all the time. These days, I use Aveeno on the recommendation of my dermatologist. It's great for daily maintenance. Definitely get the "fragrance free", especially if your wife gets suspicious easily. ;)
     
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    When I was a mechanic, I absolutely had to use these products on my hands. Corn Huskers and Bag Balm work, and O’Keefe’s is very good too. Living in Winnipeg, with brutally dry, cold winters, I had a lot of problems with severely cracked fingertips, especially when working in jobs that required handling cardboard boxes. Here on the Left Coast, that is not an issue. Or it was not until The Great Change. Because I now have to wash my hands so often, the cracking has returned. I am using aloe vera gel, and it’s helping a lot. Maybe not as good as the other products, but I just happened to have a bunch of it, and I use it very often.
     
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    ...whatever is out in the weather the most...
    :eek:

    another vote for the bag balm
     
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    It rubs the lotion on its skin. :D
     
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