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Super dry, rough skin on my hands

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 09, 2012 at 5:43 PM

I'm trying a more natural approach to not just my nutrition but general hygene as well. I've always had an issue with dry, rough skin (almost chapped) on the back of my hands. I'm currently using bar soap and shampoo from Cal Ben and having been using it exclusively for 5 months. My dry hands have not changed.

As of right now, I'm using A+D or some Vaseline for men lotion to trying to stop them from getting worse or cracking and bleeding.

Does any one have an Paleo suggestions to try on my hands to remoisturize? In addition to my Paleo nutrition, I'm supplementing with 8000UI of Vit D3 and about 6.378g of Omega 3...based on calculations from the Paleo Solution.

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on January 10, 2012
at 03:29 PM

I only use bacon grease in my perfume. Eau De Swine. :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 10, 2012
at 01:37 PM

With a handle like yours, I'm very shocked that you didn't say bacon grease. ;)

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on January 09, 2012
at 10:43 PM

@cody - I never thought of that...thanks for the heads up.

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on January 09, 2012
at 10:43 PM

@korion - I use vit C sparingly, generally when i feel like i'm coming down with something. I'll have to try it.

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on January 09, 2012
at 10:43 PM

@phoenix - I average between 1-1.5 gal of water per day...i'm sure there's room to add more. I'll try the epsom salt soak

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on January 09, 2012
at 10:43 PM

@phoenix - I average between 1-1.5 gal of water per day...i'm sure there's room to add more. I'll try the epsom salt soak
@korion - I use vit C sparingly, generally when i feel like i'm coming down with something. I'll have to try it.
@cody - I never thought of that...thanks for the heads up.

A218f6ca05f2d08e1ae0aba3b6b56386

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on January 09, 2012
at 10:42 PM

@phoenix - I average between 1-1.5 gal of water per day...i'm sure there's room to add more. I'll try the epsom salt soak, @korion - I use vit C sparingly, generally when i feel like i'm coming down with something. I'll have to try it. @cody - I never thought of that...thanks for the heads up.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 09, 2012
at 08:21 PM

Could be the chlorine in the water. I have a chlorine filter in my shower.

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on January 09, 2012
at 07:50 PM

Have you tried vitamin C? I had lots of wounds on the back of my hands last year (on a vegan diet). As soon as I started vitamin C that skin got really smooth.

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on January 09, 2012
at 07:50 PM

Are you drinking enough water? How's your retinol intake (are you eating liver?) Sulfur could help here; maybe try soaking your hands in epsom salts (magnesium sulfate).

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on January 09, 2012
at 07:33 PM

I've been trying coconut oil for the past week or so with some improvement, but I spent about an hour outside yesterday without moisturizing and it set me back - plus I'm afraid I'm going to start damaging the electronics in the house because the only time my hands feel good with the oil on them, is when it's also coming off of my hands. I'm not sure if coconut oil is the answer. I like the humidifier suggestion.

A218f6ca05f2d08e1ae0aba3b6b56386

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on January 09, 2012
at 06:57 PM

I thought that too, but it's not the entire back of my hand, just along my knuckles.

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on January 09, 2012
at 06:43 PM

I don't have any solutions for you but I'm in the same boat. Have to wash my hands 50+ times per day because I work in healthcare. My hands are so rough in the winter that I can accidentally scratch my face if I'm not careful. I don't find that coconut oil or other oils help; they just make my skin oily and don't seem to penetrate. Looking forward to seeing any tips you get.

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on January 09, 2012
at 05:51 PM

FWIW, I usually don't take hot showers. Most of the time they're ice cold or luke warm. I've heard that hot showers can dry out your skin and hair

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on January 09, 2012
at 05:50 PM

That was my first thought, but wasn't sure if it'd actually help

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on January 09, 2012
at 09:48 PM

Get a good hand moisturizer. I use a shea butter product sold in an organic store near me. It is thick and really works and has only familiar ingredients.

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on January 09, 2012
at 06:30 PM

I get badly cracked and chapped skin on my finger tips. I've found coconut doesn't really do it for me, but tallow works wonders. It reminds me of the days when lanolin was recommended for dry hands.

This past week I've finally cured my cracking hands and it was possibly a combination of three things: getting a humidifier for the bedroom at night, cutting way down on handwashing, and rubbing tallow into them regularly.

That your dry skin is on the backs of the hands makes me wonder if it's not just a matter of excessive handwashing, but more indicative of something in the diet. Usually people focus their handwashing efforts on the fingertips. Other than the usual vitamin C, gelatin, and fat recommendations, I'm not sure what else could be missing.

Have you looked into the possibility of allergies (e.g. to fragrances you encounter, or to materials in your gloves)? Do you wash dishes regularly?

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on January 09, 2012
at 06:57 PM

I thought that too, but it's not the entire back of my hand, just along my knuckles.

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on January 09, 2012
at 07:42 PM

You kinda have to play around and see what works best for you. Coconut oil works great for many, but causes others (me!) to redden up. Jojoba oil is supposed to be the closest to our natural skin oils, and it does make my skin super-smooth. Pure Shea butter is amazing for times when you want moisturizing and some longer term protection- it's a bit tacky and makes a lasting non-greasy layer outside your skin that might be just what you're looking for.

Increased gelatin and fat in your diet may give you more resiliency in your skin long-term.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 09, 2012
at 06:41 PM

I tend to have rough farmer hands most of the time since I hate gloves and like gardening. They were softest when I had a milk cow and made butter so you might try rubbing in butter rather than coconut oil.

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on January 09, 2012
at 05:45 PM

i am not sure, but I am going to guess people will say Coconut Oil.

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on January 09, 2012
at 07:33 PM

I've been trying coconut oil for the past week or so with some improvement, but I spent about an hour outside yesterday without moisturizing and it set me back - plus I'm afraid I'm going to start damaging the electronics in the house because the only time my hands feel good with the oil on them, is when it's also coming off of my hands. I'm not sure if coconut oil is the answer. I like the humidifier suggestion.

A218f6ca05f2d08e1ae0aba3b6b56386

(20)

on January 09, 2012
at 05:50 PM

That was my first thought, but wasn't sure if it'd actually help

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on January 10, 2012
at 06:41 PM

As a chemist, my hands are constantly exposed to solvents, which cause my hands to undergo frequent and spontaneous ...combustions.

I found that lanolin works really well to relieve the symptoms.

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on January 10, 2012
at 02:37 PM

I've had this problem for years and the only thing I ever found that actually penetrated and worked was the below linked creme by Portland General Store. It's expensive, but resolving the cracked and bleeding knuckles was definitely worth it for me. It also doesn't leave my hands all slippery, which I haaaaaaaaaaate.

http://www.portlandgeneralstore.com/collections/skincare/products/wood-super-thick-body-creme

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on January 09, 2012
at 11:24 PM

I might ditto the coconut oil. It's probably not a paleo solution, but my daughter gave me the Satin Hands stuff from Mary Kay for my birthday, and it's a life saver for me. Three steps, but works nice. Also, be sure that if you are allergic to wool that you aren't using any lanolin products.

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7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on January 09, 2012
at 08:10 PM

So coconut oil will not really moisturize but condition the skin. My knuckles get so dry when the weather changes that they crack and bleed. The rest of my skin gets dry too. If I have them in water at all it worsens them. Anyway...this is what I do every season.

  • I use gloves when I do the dishes or any cleaning for the first month or so in cold weather.

  • Right out of the shower I put sweet almond oil (doesn't matter if it's the kind you cook with or the kind in the beauty section. They're the same) on. Jojoba would be best but it's too pricey for all the time use.

  • When I was my hands during the day I try only to wash my palms and not the back of my hands. This seems small but it's huge. I also re-apply almond oil just to the backs of my hands a couple times a day.
  • At night I put the almond oil on and then some fuzzy gloves. I only do this until my skin adjusts to the cold (3 or 4 weeks) and then I'm good.

I don't notice it's any better for me since Paleo...I just use almond oil instead of conventional products now.

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on January 10, 2012
at 01:37 PM

With a handle like yours, I'm very shocked that you didn't say bacon grease. ;)

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on January 10, 2012
at 03:29 PM

I only use bacon grease in my perfume. Eau De Swine. :)

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