Hack my peeling skin

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Created March 02, 2012 at 4:58 PM

I live in Boston and it's winter so the air is very dry and the skin on one thumb is peeling. I think cooking may also have something to do with it, as it removes oils from the skin. I wear gloves but after a while moisture gets in there too. Recently, I've started having some peeling on my index finger on the same hand as well. What suggestions do you all have for this problem? I don't think it's an allergic reaction and it doesn't seem irritated so I don't think it's autoimmune or a sign of disease, just dryness. It's annoying when working with fabric.



on March 02, 2012
at 07:58 PM

I get weird peeling skin around my finger nails. I think for me personally it's a food issue (intolerance), my kids get it too. It's intermittent. Definitely linked to when I cheat though, but not sure what causes it! Would be interested in answers as I've had this issue all my life (in summer and winter).

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on March 02, 2012
at 08:30 PM

Try coating your hands with a few drops of olive oil after you wash your hands until it heals. Always works for me.



on March 02, 2012
at 05:43 PM

I've always found that wearing gloves creates more issues than I think it will solve. I've had peeling issues when using them as well. I always guessed it had to do with the warm, damp environment and fungus. Hypothesis only, mind you! Anyway, I'd suggest ditching the gloves and moisturizing more.



on March 02, 2012
at 05:25 PM

Are you eating enough fat?



on March 02, 2012
at 06:19 PM

As someone who had to wear gloves a LOT as a midwife, I've found that wearing gloves doesn't really keep hands from drying out. In fact, the sweating your fingers do in the gloves breaks down the natural oils on your skin and encourages dryness and chapping--and it also encourages fungal infections -- which, from what you've described, is a possibility.

Lose the gloves -- most food has vitamins and minerals that can be absorbed through the skin... and yes, even fats. Just make sure your hands are clean before you start, and rinse them off as needed through the process. No need to disinfect them every single time you touch something.

Use a good moisturizer, but don't pick at the peeling skin--if it IS a fungal infection, you can spread the infection to adjacent areas (this is something gloves -are- very good at -- spreading fungal infections from finger to finger).

Don't be afraid to rub natural fats into your skin instead of washing them off. Working with coconut oil? Rub the excess into your skin. Same with (unsalted) animal fats like butter, lard, and tallow.

Make sure you're eating enough fats as well, and that your intestinal biosphere is healthy.

DON'T wash your hands a lot, especially with detergents/soaps and doubly-especially with the 'antibacterial' stuff. It not only strips off the moisture from your skin, but it also destroys the beneficial bacterial residents who help keep things like fungi under control.

Good luck.

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