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'Paleo' cure for dry hands?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 03, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Is there a natural remedy for dry skin? Hands in particular? I'm no-poo/soap for a couple of months now hoping for improvement but haven't really noticed a difference. I have bursts of cold water during my showers and try to wash my hands with no soap as much as possible.

I have tried commercial creams in the past but they're full of chemicals and only make my hands fatty/oily. I'm not aiming for super soft babybutt skin but its nice to be able to flip the page of a book on occasion.

C68f0b374156e5ce7a9b8358232bfed0

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on May 16, 2013
at 09:58 PM

Agreed, prevention before 'cure'. We are what we eat and our body shows it. I have less dry skin now I am ketogenic but I still have dry skin patches. I know this and I know it's because I am not drinking enough water but that's my problem. :)

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on July 15, 2011
at 07:51 AM

I will try this, thanks!

C83820cb34dbc91951afb462670e1533

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on July 15, 2011
at 07:51 AM

I hoped my skin would clear up while eating Paleo without resorting to oils of any kind. I eat plenty of (saturated) fat from good sources. I've been using coconut oil on my hands and skin for some time now and my skin feels softer. But they are still dry; can't flip through a book without licking my fingertips...

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on July 05, 2011
at 07:51 PM

GeishaGirl - red bumpies? as in Keratosis Pilaris?

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on July 04, 2011
at 08:18 PM

Agreed. I've been using coconut oil on my body for a few weeks and all the dryness is gone as well as the red bumpies.

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on July 04, 2011
at 01:12 PM

Also +1. Also, eating more works for me too.

473ccf0938761e73a3017356291c6eda

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on July 04, 2011
at 01:50 AM

+1 for this. My old man is the same; his dry skin keeps getting worse yet he steadfastly refuses to consider changing his diet just to see if it has any effect. Apparently he *needs* his bread and pasta etc.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on July 03, 2011
at 03:41 PM

Hey I lived there for a few months - in TN though. Near Pigeon Forge - Dollywood!

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on July 03, 2011
at 03:03 PM

I don't want to make you jealous (yes I do) but I drink and bathe in top-of-the-watershed well water here atop the Smokey Mountains in NC. My electrolyte balance is the envy of the lightening Gods.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on July 03, 2011
at 02:15 PM

What a great idea about the plant. The water quality is a good point too. We have very hard water and it can cause build up. I need a shower filter. Thanks for th reminder :)

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on July 03, 2011
at 01:55 PM

yup - +1 ..........

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Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

(2047)

on July 03, 2011
at 12:33 PM

Try using a little coconut oil on dry skin. I had some dry itchy patches on my arms that have disappeared since using it, and my hands are softer too.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on July 03, 2011
at 01:55 PM

yup - +1 ..........

3eb3f79868b24b3df4450ea2d4f9a5d5

(2387)

on July 04, 2011
at 01:12 PM

Also +1. Also, eating more works for me too.

Dbb6872f139877fe1a94aeb471baa7d1

on July 04, 2011
at 08:18 PM

Agreed. I've been using coconut oil on my body for a few weeks and all the dryness is gone as well as the red bumpies.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on July 05, 2011
at 07:51 PM

GeishaGirl - red bumpies? as in Keratosis Pilaris?

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510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on July 03, 2011
at 02:55 PM

I'm not a fan of putting things on your skin to fix dry skin. I stand by a high saturated fat diet as being good for your skin, since your skin cells are basically made out of saturated fat. I know all of my dry skin issues slowly cleared up as I switched to Paleo. And my Dad's keeps getting worse and worse as he gets more fat phobic and goes deeper into the low-fat world. He blames it on the dry air, but he lives in humid PA and I live at 8000 ft in dry CO where a humid day is 25% humidity.

473ccf0938761e73a3017356291c6eda

(55)

on July 04, 2011
at 01:50 AM

+1 for this. My old man is the same; his dry skin keeps getting worse yet he steadfastly refuses to consider changing his diet just to see if it has any effect. Apparently he *needs* his bread and pasta etc.

C68f0b374156e5ce7a9b8358232bfed0

(637)

on May 16, 2013
at 09:58 PM

Agreed, prevention before 'cure'. We are what we eat and our body shows it. I have less dry skin now I am ketogenic but I still have dry skin patches. I know this and I know it's because I am not drinking enough water but that's my problem. :)

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41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on July 03, 2011
at 01:37 PM

Apple Cider Vinegar. I'm totally not kidding. Coconut oil did nothing for me. Apple cider vinegar cured my hands that were so dry they were cracked and bleeding. Pour some on to a cotton ball, wipe on hands, let dry. I think best to do it before bed so it stays on for at least a few hours.

A note of caution: if you have open wounds, it will sting a little bit... but only for a few seconds.

C83820cb34dbc91951afb462670e1533

(113)

on July 15, 2011
at 07:51 AM

I will try this, thanks!

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226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

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on July 03, 2011
at 02:04 PM

Buy an Aloe Vera plant from your local green house for like $5. That one plant will yield more active ingredient over its life span than 50 bottles of lotion.

Also consider the water in your household. Is it high in bleach or is it filtered? Do you bathe in tap water and wash your hands in tap water? There are remedies for this.

The cheapest option is aloe vera. I use it on my face and it keeps my skin healthy, shiny and vibrant.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on July 03, 2011
at 03:41 PM

Hey I lived there for a few months - in TN though. Near Pigeon Forge - Dollywood!

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on July 03, 2011
at 02:15 PM

What a great idea about the plant. The water quality is a good point too. We have very hard water and it can cause build up. I need a shower filter. Thanks for th reminder :)

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on July 03, 2011
at 03:03 PM

I don't want to make you jealous (yes I do) but I drink and bathe in top-of-the-watershed well water here atop the Smokey Mountains in NC. My electrolyte balance is the envy of the lightening Gods.

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on July 03, 2011
at 12:31 PM

Any natural one-ingredient oil should do the trick. I'd try coconut oil.

I sometimes use castor oil on my face and it's great, but it doesn't get absorbed quickly. Use it before reading only if you like your books greasy. Wait, that might be a plus if you're reading something like Eat Fat, Lose Fat.

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on July 03, 2011
at 02:43 PM

I suffered from dry hands for a year or two. After awhile I began to suspect it had something to do with my consumption of caffeine, especially coffee.

Around when I turned 25 or so, I noticed that after I had been drinking coffee every day for a week, I experienced a set of negative side effects - irritability, anxiety, craving for sweets - and dry hands. I'd then stop, the side effects would go away - then a couple weeks later I couldn't resist and would have a coffee in the morning. A week or so of daily coffees after that, the side effects would kick back in and I'd quit again.

I think I've got some odd type of metabolism that cannot deal with caffeine very well for prolonged periods.

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on July 05, 2011
at 05:11 AM

I had a problem with dry skin for a while, and it went away suddenly at the same time I started supplementing high doses of iodine and some selenium. I think it may have been causal.

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on July 04, 2011
at 04:32 AM

i remember having dry knuckles all the time even when i was very close to paleo... then i ditched olive oil (or any veg oils, nut oils included, for that matter) and green tea as well as stopped believing in 'you should drink huge amounts of water all day long' - - - and it got cured

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on July 04, 2011
at 12:57 AM

If you're looking for pre-packaged (sometimes) solutions; Lush Cosmetics is bloody good. Yes I used to work for them, and yes I still use their products because they're actually as good as people say.

(I don't work for them anymore, so this is not a promotional post!!)

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on July 03, 2011
at 06:45 PM

not to toot my own horn, but i make an amazing, paleo friendly hard lotion bar. its my best seller and a few people of this board here have used it and really like it- they keep cming back for more! its the "lavender honey hard lotion" on my site, www.greatmarshskincare.com im also on facebook as "great marsh artisan skincare" and i specialize in paleo-friendly all-natural, unrefined skincare. i also have very dry skin and i eat plenty of saturated fat. just the way the gods made me. i think a lot of people are "recovering" from a lifetime of using harsh detergents and chemicals on their skin in an effort to make it less dry, and it can take a while to fully heal. anyway, the ingredients are unrefined shea butter, unrefined organic coconut oil, and unrefined beeswax. i put a healthy dose of organic lavender essential oil in there to help with healing any cracks. it really works great.

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on July 03, 2011
at 04:40 PM

I make lotion bars from one part beeswax, one part olive oil, and one part rendered beef fat. Salves can be made by reducing the beeswax to 1/4 and increasing the liquid oil to 2/4. Simply melt the beeswax and beef fat in a double boiler, then stir in the liquid oil(s). When well mixed, pour into any handy plastic mold, such as a cream cheese container. When cooled, pop the lotion bar out of the container. I put salves into glass jars.

Coconut oil is high in salicylates, and some find it causes skin reactions.

I also use jojoba oil, castor oil, and straight beef fat, for single-fat skin use.

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on July 03, 2011
at 02:13 PM

Olive oil. Coconut oil. Apply at night and put socks or gloves on your hands for a deep moisture treatment. Mashed avocado can also be soothing. Good luck!

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on July 03, 2011
at 01:57 PM

I would also say coconut oil, or olive oil. Since either can feel kind of greasy, I would recommend applying it generously before you go to bed, and allowing it to absorb overnight.

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on July 03, 2011
at 01:08 PM

I third the coconut oil for your hands. For the face, I make an avocado mask with a little olive oil mixed in. This also makes my hands soft after applying and leaving it sit for a few minutes. Try exfoliating first, so that dead skin won't get in the way of moisturizing the new. I cut a lemon in half and dip it into sugar for this. :) Another one I use is a coffee and cocoa mask-- lets me reuse coffee grounds (rather than compost them) and smells/tastes amazing. Add cream (or coconut milk) and some cocoa and let it sit on your skin for 10 minutes (or until crispy). Dampen the area, and then scrub. Makes your skin super soft, and rejuvenates it with a little caffeine.

*edit: I just also wanted to add that yogurt is great for sloughing off dead skin, and is moisturizing. Add a little honey and make a paste. Smooth it on the area you want to moisturize and exfoliate, and let it sit for a few minutes.

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on November 12, 2011
at 11:31 PM

Every time I oil a chicken before roasting I add some salt in my oily hands and exfoliate. Rinse off and my skin feels amazing.

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on November 08, 2011
at 11:42 PM

1) Choose from (or a combo): Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Shea Butter to apply on the skin

2) Stay hydrated

3) Eat enough pastured fats in the diet

4) Check your thyroid blood panel

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on July 04, 2011
at 01:03 PM

Very simple. Hydrate. Drink water.

The saying is "drink half your body-weight in ounces per day"

If you weigh 150 pound...

150 divided by 2 = 75

Drink 75 ounces of water per day.

Often, dry skin is a function of hydration. So make sure you drink plenty of H2O There may be another underlying condition, so check with your physician. But typically, most people don't drink enough water.

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on July 03, 2011
at 05:00 PM

Di you eat plenty of fat? If not, eat more. If so, proceed to this: protect your hands with gloves when doing dishes, gardening, etc. Once or twice a week, scrub your hands with sugar(turns out it IS good for something!). Massage coconut oil into your hands frequently. If you are doing all of this, and still find yourself with dry hands, it may be eczema, or a fat absorption issue. Good luck!

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