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May 20, 2022 - 5:00:16 PM
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DWFII

USA

398 posts since 1/9/2022

Does anyone else experience rough, sometimes even cracked,  skin on their fingers (esp. the picking fingers)? 

What do you do about it?

Edited by - DWFII on 05/20/2022 17:00:28

May 20, 2022 - 9:52:34 PM

4408 posts since 5/29/2011

Aloe vera lotion applied lightly several times a day can help. Pharmacies and dollar stores usually have a couple different brands in stock. Dermasil is one of them that I like. I suppose regular hand lotion would work but aloe vera seems less greasy to me. Corn Huskers Lotion used to be my go-to item since it is glycerin based instead of lanolin, but I can't seem to find it anymore.
Be sure to put it on your hands before you go to bed. That way you won't wash it off unless you have to get up several times a night to use the bathroom like I do.

May 21, 2022 - 3:58:23 AM
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Emiel

Austria

10141 posts since 1/22/2003

Fingerpicks certainly work.

May 21, 2022 - 4:28:53 AM
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carlb

USA

2381 posts since 12/16/2007

I'm left handed playing right handed. I get cracks on the first two fingers of my left hand (usually more in the winter than the summer). While I've tried different creams, what worked best was what I used this past winter, organic coconut oil (solid at room temperature). Just rubbed a bit on those fingers when they feel rough.

May 21, 2022 - 5:06:28 AM

DWFII

USA

398 posts since 1/9/2022

Hmmm, I used to get Cornhuskers... I remember it. Maybe I'll go looking for it. I have used hand creams and body lotion and pure lanolin, even A&D ointment. And they all work but not real well--no immediate relief, in any case. Here for a little while, gone tomorrow.  And they all tend to be greasy.

I have coconut oil but it seems it would be greasy too.

Thanks for the suggestions.

May 21, 2022 - 6:25:39 AM
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DWFII

USA

398 posts since 1/9/2022

BTW, Cornhuskers is available on Amazon...roughly $7.00 a bottle and available in cases.

FWIW...

Edited by - DWFII on 05/21/2022 06:26:09

May 21, 2022 - 3:52:20 PM
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953 posts since 3/23/2006

Twenty years ago plastic surgeons used to recommend Crisco to moisturize skin after surgery. You can try some while waiting for the AMZN delivery.

May 22, 2022 - 5:46:17 AM
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m06

England

11186 posts since 10/5/2006

My fingers don’t get cracked from playing banjo. But I do rough work everyday with my hands and they take a pounding. The skin hardens up over time to an extent, though I still use a heavy-duty hand balm. O’Keefes make one and there are other similar good ones out there. I don’t know if this brand is available in the US? If not I guess there is something similar.

May 22, 2022 - 9:19:27 AM

DWFII

USA

398 posts since 1/9/2022

quote:
Originally posted by m06

My fingers don’t get cracked from playing banjo. But I do rough work everyday with my hands and they take a pounding. The skin hardens up over time to an extent, though I still use a heavy-duty hand balm. O’Keefes make one and there are other similar good ones out there. I don’t know if this brand is available in the US? If not I guess there is something similar.


I don't want greasy...is it greasy/oily?

May 22, 2022 - 10:03:47 AM

m06

England

11186 posts since 10/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by DWFII
quote:
Originally posted by m06

My fingers don’t get cracked from playing banjo. But I do rough work everyday with my hands and they take a pounding. The skin hardens up over time to an extent, though I still use a heavy-duty hand balm. O’Keefes make one and there are other similar good ones out there. I don’t know if this brand is available in the US? If not I guess there is something similar.


I don't want greasy...is it greasy/oily?


Not excessively. I guess it's a matter of opinion. Most hand creams or balms are initially a little greasy when first applied. I find the stuff I've recommended isn't greasy after it's rubbed in.

Compared to an ointment medically prescribed for dry, cracking skin it's not greasy.

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May 22, 2022 - 12:41:22 PM
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1303 posts since 8/7/2017

I like O'Keeffe's "Working Hands". It comes in a "green hockey puck" plastic jar (also in a tube, I believe). I have seen it at Walmarts, but I get it at the local farmer's coop. The puck version is a hardish consistency. It takes only a tiny bit on fingertips, and rubs in almost instantly, few seconds at the most. The tube version would have to have more water in it to squirt out. The puck is solid, no slopping out if you turn jar upside down.

The company is very nice; I had a jar dry out and crack...it was only 10 years old, gee nothing lasts anymore *grin*. The company sent me a replacement jar and coupons for several of their other products. Total customer service. Btw, I did not know how old jar was when I filed my complaint, I'm not a complete chisler. Anyway, give it a try is my recommendation. Not sure if it's same as Mike's, mine is made in USA
okeeffescompany.com/products/working-hands

Hope this helps.

May 22, 2022 - 2:01:32 PM
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322 posts since 10/26/2018

O'Keefe's is quality. Definitely a tiny dab'll do ya.

May 23, 2022 - 12:17:53 AM

m06

England

11186 posts since 10/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by BrooksMT

I like O'Keeffe's "Working Hands". It comes in a "green hockey puck" plastic jar (also in a tube, I believe). I have seen it at Walmarts, but I get it at the local farmer's coop. The puck version is a hardish consistency. It takes only a tiny bit on fingertips, and rubs in almost instantly, few seconds at the most. The tube version would have to have more water in it to squirt out. The puck is solid, no slopping out if you turn jar upside down.

The company is very nice; I had a jar dry out and crack...it was only 10 years old, gee nothing lasts anymore *grin*. The company sent me a replacement jar and coupons for several of their other products. Total customer service. Btw, I did not know how old jar was when I filed my complaint, I'm not a complete chisler. Anyway, give it a try is my recommendation. Not sure if it's same as Mike's, mine is made in USA
okeeffescompany.com/products/working-hands

Hope this helps.


Yep, that's the stuff!

May 27, 2022 - 11:52:35 AM

bjcole

USA

134 posts since 10/21/2007

My dermatologist recommended Neutrogena Norwegian Formula hand cream. It is effective, but greasy so I was told to apply it at bedtime and wear inexpensive cotton gloves, at least until I wake up the first time. During the day I use CeraVe moisturizing cream, also dermatologist recommended.

May 27, 2022 - 3:32:48 PM

Tuxedo

USA

21 posts since 12/31/2014

Tom Collins recommended a product called Skin Food recently and I've been using that--it's a decent cream that doesn't leave your hands feeling funky or greasy.

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