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Thread: Extreemely dry hands

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    from sewing. Llive in a desert..NM...and wonder if you gals have any ideas what I should use to moisturize. Udder balm isn't working like it used to. Right now I'm sitting here with band aids on 6 fingertips cuz they crack and bleed. Oh so sore. I even have med exam (no latex) gloves that I use...slather up hands and put the gloves on for overnight. Only feels good for a couple hours when I take the gloves off in am. Guess I just have to quit sewing for a couple days to for them to heal.

    Alergic to perfumes in most hand lotions/creams. I do know that creams have more emolionts that lotions. Can't wait for suggestions.

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    I use Trucker's Friend, comes in a shoe polish like tub at the truck stops. My son is a truck driver and bought me some. It works great.

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    I have had luck using a salve containing Tea Tree Oil, but it has a fairly strong smell to it(natural not perfume), so you might to try it with caution.

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    I love the "as seen on tv" heeltastic. User it on hands, lips, elbows, etc....

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    My fingers crack constantly at the corners of my nails...always bleeding. The best stuff I have found is called Bova cream. It's an udder treatment too, but like facial cream and smells lovely. The price has gone up a lot, but I swear it feels better than anything...even prescription :)I have tried other udder types of products, but none are comparable to the Bova cream....I buy the jar.

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    My hubby works in a shipping department. Cardboard is extremely drying to his hands. He would have cracks on his thumbs every winter that were really deep. He started using "Miracle Foot Repair" on his feet and of course when you're done putting it on your feet you rub the excess into you hands. It healed his thumbs right up.

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    I use St. Ives Intensive Healing. Be sure you get the Intensive Healing version, as that is the one that is the strongest one, the only one that works for me. But it's not greasy and absorbs quickly. Gloves in a Bottle, available at LQS, works well to keep my hands moisturized, once they are healed. Udder Cream is another one that works pretty well, but not as good as the St. Ives.

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    Bag Balm is another udder cream that works well. Our Walmart sells it. It comes in a green tin. http://www.bagbalm.com/

    I use unrefined coconut oil. You can buy it at most grocery stores or any whole foods store. It is solid in cooler weather and turns to liquid in warmer weather. You can use it either way. It is great for the face, too. It helps fight off wrinkles and leaves your skin very soft. I only use it on my face at night.

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    Time.
    Sorry to say, but real skin damage heals slowly and the exposure to damage source must stop before healing begins.

    and Aveeno Deep Intensive Cream. Whatever you use, apply it often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stewyscrewy
    UMmm This Guy uses Aqua Four, it can be pruchased from walmart. My doctor reccomended it to me due to the extreme dryness I had to deal with. now I use it just be for I start piecing and my hands feel great during and after.
    Wow! Don't you have problems handling your fabric after using that?? That is the only thing I am allowed to use, on the area I am currently receiving radiation, and it has left grease stains on everything I wear!!

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    I sometimes have to stop sewing for a couple days and let my hands heal. My neighbors laughed at me one time, I volunteered to make all the hamburger patties cause my hands were so dry at that time. After making a ton of patties I washed up with mild soap and my hands felt so good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stewyscrewy
    UMmm This Guy uses Aqua Four, it can be pruchased from walmart. My doctor reccomended it to me due to the extreme dryness I had to deal with. now I use it just be for I start piecing and my hands feel great during and after.
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    Wow! Don't you have problems handling your fabric after using that?? That is the only thing I am allowed to use, on the area I am currently receiving radiation, and it has left grease stains on everything I wear!!
    Aquaphor is the best. It does leave stains everywhere if you're not careful. I normally apply it thick at night and wear gloves and socks to bed. It also works great for chapped lips - just use a teeny tiny amount. My dermatologist recommended it to me. It's thick and greasy like a Vaseline, but works much better (imo).

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    Wow, what a list of different creams. I guess I will throw the one I like the best so far. It is Working Hands, from Bed, Bath, and Beyond. It is very, very thick works on my hands and heels. I wish you luck on your search for the best cream for your poor hands.

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    I use a product called Lantiseptic. Order from your pharmacist. Lasts a long time. It is designed as a butt paste for adults who wear diapers.
    First day or two use several times a day, after healing starts does not need to be used as often, but everyone's skin is different. Besides quilting, I live in the desert, no moisture in the air.
    Good luck

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    Don't laugh, but when an audience menber asked Dr.Oz about
    feet that cracked & bled in the winter, he said that after you bath you should wipe them down with Clearasil,yep, it is like liquid aspirin. Let it dry, and slather the feet/hands in your favorite creme. I use Blue Goo that you can find at almost any pharmacy dept. Once you've spread it on thick, wear socks or cotton gloves to bed. Now I can walk in the winter, & don't look like a reptile in the summer.LOL Debbie
    Good luck & God Bless.Debbie

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    Truckers friend is great, Burts bee balm is great.

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    I use Eurecin Healing Cream (Walmart & drug stores). Is a little on expensive side. I am very allergic to many types of creams/lotions. I was in the Dollar General looking at their lotions and found the DG brand that is "comparable" to Eurecin for one-third of the cost. Thought I would give it a try and it is Exactly like Eurecin. HOWEVER, like most good things you find, my local DG isn't carrying it anymore. When I'm sewing, I use Sew Soft by Vita-Erb made especially for sewers.

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    Pure coconut oil, but it's greasy and I use it mainly on my face and neck area.

    On hands that we must wash often and use strong alcohol wipes and then gloves, we mostly use my old favorite, Hoof Maker. I've used it for many years. And when busy, I simply slather a lot on and pull on gloves. it really does soak in well, and doesn't have much of an odor to it.

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    We have lots of allergies here too and swear by Bag Balm. I've used it for over 30 years on everything from diaper rash to cracked feet and bleeding, cracked hands. Put it on your hands at night, wear cotton gloves and be amazed in the morning. We used to have to get it at the feed store but it's now available all over (ie. Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, Jewel/Osco etc.)

    Good Luck!

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    Take some crazy glue (or similar glue) and apply it to the cracks in your skin. It seals the skin - it's amazing how well it quiets the pain. The glued together cracks heal faster, too.

    It does wear off so you may have to apply it a couple of times before the cracked skin heals.

    And, of course, be careful not to glue your fingertips together!

    Good luck!

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    I was a cashier in a grocery store and my hands would get really dry. I started using gloves when I did dishes and I would wear rubber gloves. I put a lot of extra lotion on my hands before donning the gloves. The heat from the hot water helped to lotion to be absorbed into my skin. Don't know if it will help you, but it's worth a try as you have med gloves and a lotion already. I used corn huskers lotion.

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    Visit your local Health Store as they will have a hand cream made without perfume.

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    I'm a diabetic and have a terrible time with dry skin.My doctors all recommend Eurecin Cream.Wash your skin with a mild soap, pat dry and slather on the Eurecin Cream.It's helped me alot.I use Eurecin lotion during the day but put the heavier cream on at night.My skin may not be baby soft but it's alot better than it was.The original doesn't have much smell to it.

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    try zinc tablets--but be carefull as it builds up in your system--if my hands feel dry i take one tab for three days then no more until they start to feel dry again usually approx 7 days----------watch what cleaning products you use

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    Zinc oxide cream or ointment. I can only find it here at Rite-Aid, next to the Neosporin. Heals just about anything for us, most of the time in 1-2 days.

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