View Full Version : What do you all use???
January 22nd, 2004, 7:48pm
Ha - got ya! You thought this was going to be robo-or not to robo question - but I fooled ya all (as I have seen so many of those) and my real question is:
What do you all use on dry cracked hands? My problem is, I can't wear a glove on my left hand due to sensitivity problems (makes it feel like needles shooting through my fingers and hand), so since I can't wear one on my left, I'm surely not going to look like an idiot and wear one glove on my right hand (hasn't that been done?? :laugh: ). Anyway, my left arm is always protected close to my body so my hand is out of the wind under my jacket, but my poor right hand is taking one serious beating. The back of it is so dry and cracked and has been bleeding a bit (I even had to take my class ring off because it was really cutting in to it), I tried to put some cream on it that Mom had at her place and oh boy did it burn like crazy...
January 22nd, 2004, 7:58pm
I wasn't fooled at all!!! :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Try this, works for me. Take a cortisone cream and mix a small amount with a good, nonperfumed lotion. Use it constantly through-out the day. Also, if possible, buy some cotton gloves and before bed each night rub the mixture onto your hands and wear the gloves to bed. I do this with my feet, they get sooooo dry in the winter time.
January 22nd, 2004, 8:00pm
I used to work for a foot doctor and patients were always asking the Dr. what to do for dry cracked skin. His answer was: Aquaphor (sp?) Nivea Dry Skin Cream, or A & D ointment. A & D ointment is cheap and it works. It does smell bad. Consider asking the pharmacy for a pair of cotton gloves. My son uses these and they are about $2 per pair. You won't have to worry if it is a latex sensitivity and they are more comfortable. If no gloves work for you, just smear on the cream or ointment and sit for a while before bed. Wipe most of the goo off before you go to bed or it will get all over. If the skin is cracked, you can get infections and you may need to see a doctor. Good luck. I get to the point of sore and irritated, my son's hands crack because he won't use the ointment often enough. Store brand creams with the same ingredients as the ones listed above are fine. Ingredients my boss liked were glycerine and lanolin as well as some others.
January 22nd, 2004, 8:35pm
You can buy 100% lanolin and it works great. It's normally not out on the shelf for some reason but you can ask for it at a pharmacy like at Walmart, that's where I buy mine. It's got a greasy feel but you can rub it in good and wear a cotton glove at night. I use it all the time on my poor dry feet and it really makes a difference. Hope this helps.
January 22nd, 2004, 8:39pm
I use Eucerin -- I am a compulsive handwasher, and it kills me to even have the lotion on, but it works well.
January 22nd, 2004, 10:59pm
My granny swore by Vaseline and cotton gloves. I use Vaseline on my feet and wear cotton socks at night while sleeping. Soft supple skin in no time!!!!
January 22nd, 2004, 11:57pm
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion
This stuff works miracles--completely heals my hands overnight since I rarely wear gloves in the cold weather.
I tried Aquaphor and it did nothing, Nivea burns, and Neutrogena was so insanely greasy things would fall out of my hands.
Someone else could probably tell you the exact way, but my obstetrican recommended Pepto-Bismol--mixed with something--but this involves gloves. Luckily, Aveeno worked and I never had to try this--sounds stinky.
January 23rd, 2004, 2:25pm
I have eczema and skin sensitivities--I like Suave hypoallergenic for sens skin and fragrance free Lubriderm or its generic equivalents.
January 23rd, 2004, 3:24pm
Gold Bond works nicely. Not the one in the orangey bottle though. The one that comes in a white tube. Hope you find what works best for you! :gvibes:
January 23rd, 2004, 5:04pm
Thanks ya all for the suggestions - I've got to go to the Drug Store tomorrow so I'm going to look around. My poor right hand looks terrible today, and it is only going to get worse with the aqua therapy that I have to do 3 times a week.
Now, tell me is it easier to win with robo..... :laugh: :laugh: Hahahahaha just kiddin' ya all - thanks again,
January 23rd, 2004, 6:34pm
Jergens Ultra Healing Moisturizing Lotion works for me...
Its a little greasy but it locks in moisture really well. Look in Wal-mart there is alot of Ultra Healing lotions...
January 24th, 2004, 7:01pm
wear one glove and to heck with everyone else.
January 24th, 2004, 7:04pm
Burts Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme
L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Creme
Kiehls Intensive Treatment and Moisturizer
Maybe you can find a muff - one of those rolls you just stick both hands in?
January 24th, 2004, 7:38pm
there's a creme that they used to sell for cow's udders, and now they sell it for humans. i can't remember the name, but it comes in a white container with black spots (like a cow). it works really, really good. i deal with money all day which really dries out your hands and this stuff is awesome. also, try putting on the creme, really heavy, and white tube socks at night. you'll be amazed.
January 26th, 2004, 8:19pm
i've had problems with my hands forever. im allergic to everything. i touch dirt and my skin peels off. the only thing that works for me and is cheap is a&d ointment. also wear gloves.
January 26th, 2004, 8:22pm
Thanks again for all your suggestions - I do wish I could wear gloves, but I might start just wearing the one glove and to heck with it. I've tried a few things and so far nothing is working, I have heard of the "cow udder" stuff, maybe I should look for that as well. I dread tomorrow, walking across campus, and the cold and wind and snow hitting this hand, at least my left hand will be protected under my jacket.
Thank you all again,
January 26th, 2004, 9:53pm
Something that is really good is called aquaphor( I think tmariek said she used it but didn't liek it), I think the pharmacy keeps it behind the counter. you can use it when you go to auqa therapy too, it's a moisture barrier!
January 26th, 2004, 10:18pm
My son has exema. He has to use a soap like Dove with a moisturize, we were told to never use Ivory soap on him it is too pure. Bag balm is what they use to use on cows, it is on the shelf in some store in Rite aid I go to the pharmacy to get it. When DS hands are real dry and other things aren't helping I soak his hands in Domeboro solution its not cheap but it worked. For a hand cream Lubriderm is good