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.
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.
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.
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.
GG, thank you for your kind words! I will certainly try that one, thank you.
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.
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!
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.
GG, I’m so glad to hear you found a natural, relatively inexpensive solution.
And thanks for the link and recommendations, too.
I wonder, is it okay to “take” your daily dose of turmeric as chicken curry? Okay, well I don’t eat it daily, but I could stand to eat it a lot more often (now if only hubby would get on board)! Another added benefit: the curry is great for keeping blood sugar in check. Oh, and the ginger is great for digestion. Hmmm . . . I think I’ll go have some for breakfast!
Antares, I think any way you ingest it is OK. I just find that taking it in capsule form is something I actually will do. I take it with orange juice. My sister tried it and said she didn’t see any difference from it for her pain but she has had real pain problems that I can’t even begin to imagine. I had no idea that curry is good for blood sugar. I know cinnamon is supposed to be.
Your welcome…I hope you find some relief!! Also, you may find that modifying your diet will help…try taking out dairy,egg and wheat. Add in lots of fresh fruit and veggies!!
I agree, many foods are likely to cause many people many problems. I have eliminated most dairy products but do backslide now and then and my stiff, achy knees and hands tell me about it. Food sensitivities, not true allergies, caused severe behavioral problems with my son. He couldn’t have dairy products, tomatoes, eggs, peanuts, or chicken. He eats them now and pays the price.
Let me know if it works for you. He loves the stuff!
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!
Ladies, thank you all so much for your help! GG, I’ve read in a few health magazines I get that turmeric has powerful healing, anti-inflammatory powers, including healing our skin…how happy I am for you that it worked! I’m going to buy some immediately! Highstrung, I’m checking that Udo’s Oil out, too. I’m so happy that your family has found such relief with it. It sounds like a combo of an inside-out approach along with external soothing lotions and such. Well, it’s getting late and I’m going to read a bit then drift off. Thanks much all.
Oh, and highstrung, welcome to KnittingHelp! And thanks again for your help. All the best for you and your family.
I like old fashioned Jergen’s lotion. We used to use this in the 1960’s, and I’m sure it’s been around longer than that. Of course back in the day, we wore white gloves to social events and church. The remedy was to slather your hands in lotion and put an old pair of gloves on overnight while you slept. Your hands ended up unbelievably soft.
I bought Jergens recently at a Sam’s Club. It was three huge bottles for like $12. It has the same cherry almond scent I loved as a kid. But they improved it, I think for the better. It’s no longer so greasy you could go sledding on it. It quickly soaks into the skin and makes skin instantly soft. It even worked on patches of dry flaky skin that I’ve had for years. My elbows are no longer like alligator skin. Give it a try and see what you think.
Some of ideas to get rid of dry skin
- Use a Good Sunscreen
- Cetaphil lotion
- Curel lotion
- Lubriderm lotion
- Benadryl (diphenhydramine)
- Wear gloves
- Atarax (hydroxyzine)
- Bath Time Rules
- Try Fish Oil Pills
- See a Dermatologist
susianna, I’ve tried various creams but whichever I use, what makes the biggest difference is the frequency of application. Especially after washing your hands or doing the washing up. Do you wear gloves when you go outside? Shea butter is a good barrier cream to use before going out and protects them from getting any drier.
Oh no, I’ve totally missed that the last post from susianna was sent in 2012. Just noticed, that Sophia resurrected this thread recently, and that’s why I got confused.