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really dry skin (mainly hands)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 20, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Hi everyone, thanks in advance for your help.

iI am a male 27 years old and eat about 80-90percent primal. I am a window cleaner and thus have my hands in water most of the day so I expect a certain amount of dry hands but the last few days it has been worse than ever. my hands are so dry, rough and chapped and are starting to crack. I don't think my eating habits have changed much so don't know what the reason is. any ideas? and any tips on getting them better and stopping it in the future? Thank you for your help.

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on September 20, 2012
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Wet hands all day would wreck my hands. In addition to wearing gloves, or if that's not possible, I'd reccommend buying some cotton gloves (you can buy at the drugstore) and at bedtime slathering your hands with a thick cream and wearing the gloves overnight. I do that with my hands/feet in the winter and it helps.

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on September 20, 2012
at 10:36 PM

if you're on a high fat regimen - try eating lots of carbs - mainly from fruits

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on September 21, 2012
at 06:17 AM

this might sound strange, but I had really dry, patchy flesh on my hands for years. After I started taking a probiotic my hands cleared up and now look about 20 years younger, no joke! I wish I had taken before/after photos because the difference has been so dramatic.

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on September 21, 2012
at 05:38 AM

Coconut oil!! Consume it, lather it all over yourself. Wonderful moisturiser.

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on September 21, 2012
at 02:07 AM

Lanolin lanolin lanolin. Horribly paleo. It stinks if you get the cheap kind - but smelling like a sheep for 20 minutes is well worth it if your skin stops cracking. I do my hands and feet in the winter and like it better than anything else I've tried (all manner of oils, bag balm, salves...). You can spring for the Lasinoh if you want no scent - it's what nursing moms often use on cracked nipples. I have some of that, and some of the NOW brand stuff in a jar. On Amazon I'm also seeing NOW brand liquid lanolin - may be easier to use? Not sure.

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on September 20, 2012
at 10:22 PM

How long have you been Paleo? I know when I started eating this way that I had a period of about 3 months where my hands got chapped and cracked. It hurt to bend my fingers because I could tell the skin would split if I did. It has since passed but I still need to make sure I wear gloves if I'm exposing myself to excessive water (like daily dish washing) which I never had to do before Paleo.

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on September 20, 2012
at 10:16 PM

You should consider wearing latex gloves or something similar to work, it sounds like having hands in that soapy water all day is the culprit. I'm doing cleaning details a lot during the week, and no matter how clean I eat, too much soap/solution always makes my hands super dry, cracked, and painful. I have to wear latex gloves every time I'm touching cleaning solution.

In terms of improving what damage has already been done, coconut oil works if there aren't any lesions. For lesions I would use something much more gentle, like jojoba oil, and apply really, really carefully. Also avoid hot water like the plague until your skin heals.

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on September 20, 2012
at 11:56 PM

Wet hands all day would wreck my hands. In addition to wearing gloves, or if that's not possible, I'd reccommend buying some cotton gloves (you can buy at the drugstore) and at bedtime slathering your hands with a thick cream and wearing the gloves overnight. I do that with my hands/feet in the winter and it helps.

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on September 21, 2012
at 05:59 PM

  1. You have to wear two pairs of gloves - first pair made of breathable cotton, the second one is latex. If you only wear latex once, it is not as beneficial.

  2. I agree with the person who said probiotics. But I would also add some fat to your diet.

  3. Lanolin is great, but I also would recommend 100% pure shea butter (no additives). Unfortunately, it is also expensive so maybe lanolin is cheaper. Shea butter softens EVERYTHING.

Also, I forgot what it was, but in the olden days milkmaids used to put some grease on their hands before milking cows - it was natural because cows udders had to be kept chemical free. I forgot what kind of grease it was... some fat. Put some fat before and after.

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