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    This Weather Cracks Me Up!

    It's that time of the year again when my hands start looking like I've been arm-wrestling bobcats. It starts out slow. I get a crack in a finger or thumb. Next, it's my knuckles. Pretty soon, I can't stick a hand in a pocket without leaving a blood trail. I fill the cracks with New Skin every few days until they close up, but they almost always open back up just before they completely heal.

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    I've tried quite a few different lotions. My go-to remedy at the time is Corn Husker's Lotion as it doesn't smell awful bad and doesn't leave a greasy film behind. Unfortunately, it isn't a miracle cure either. It helps the knuckles but doesn't seem to do anything for the fingers.



    I've tried Bag Balm as it was recommended by a farmer friend. Shaking my friends hand in the winter is like shaking hands with a cactus so I didn't have much hope that his recommendation would be of help. And how is bag ointment supposed to help my hands anyways? It was a nice feeling, but not what I was looking for.



    I've tried a few of my wife's and daughter's lotions but they are always too greasy and perfumed. I don't want to smell like a woman. I just want the smooth hands of one.

    I admit to having tried the urine treatment. My wife put an end to that after she discovered it was me and not my young son who was making a mess of the bathroom. I still try it every once in a while, mostly when I've been over-served and grab a two-fingered handle with a four-fingered grip.

    Being serious now. Anyone have a recommendation of a lotion, cure or family remedy that works for chapped and cracked hands? I really don't want to smell pretty or sleep with my hands swaddled in cloth, but otherwise, I'm open to suggestions.

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    I've dealt with the same issue. The best results I've had were using udder balm for cattle, but it's not a great fix. I usually end up using store brand neosporin as lotion before the winter ends, and heal up in the spring.
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    Luckily in our house, cracked skin isn't much of a problem. But dry chapped skin is. We use a variety of lotions. I use the newer, manly smelling stuff by lubriderm or the like. My youngest get dry, eczema like skin on the backs of his hands. We have a prescription ointment we apply. That when used in combination with Eucerin Eczema Relief lotion does wonders. We are big fans of Eucerin products, maybe they have a cracked skin product. Good luck


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    I use O'Keeffe's Working Hands cream. It does well on my hands. For really bad case of dry and cracking skin, I put it on right before going to bed and cover my hand with a sock. This prevents you from rubbing it off all over your bed and keeps it on your hand where it's needed. I can't use much of any creams during the day because I wash my hands so often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselshadow View Post
    I use O'Keeffe's Working Hands cream. It does well on my hands. For really bad case of dry and cracking skin, I put it on right before going to bed and cover my hand with a sock. This prevents you from rubbing it off all over your bed and keeps it on your hand where it's needed. I can't use much of any creams during the day because I wash my hands so often.

    Ditto! Same product and treatment. Usually in Winter I start getting cracks around my thumbnails and the sides and tips of my index fingers. As I've gotten older I've started using Lubriderm lotion on my hands every morning and before putting on work gloves. I also try to use lighter weight Mechanix gloves or surgical gloves when using tools.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselshadow View Post
    I use O'Keeffe's Working Hands cream. It does well on my hands. For really bad case of dry and cracking skin, I put it on right before going to bed and cover my hand with a sock. This prevents you from rubbing it off all over your bed and keeps it on your hand where it's needed. I can't use much of any creams during the day because I wash my hands so often.

    Thanks for the link! I just put it in my cart and will be giving it a try along with anything else that pops up here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonyPark View Post
    Luckily in our house, cracked skin isn't much of a problem. But dry chapped skin is. We use a variety of lotions. I use the newer, manly smelling stuff by lubriderm or the like. My youngest get dry, eczema like skin on the backs of his hands. We have a prescription ointment we apply. That when used in combination with Eucerin Eczema Relief lotion does wonders. We are big fans of Eucerin products, maybe they have a cracked skin product. Good luck
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    I just looked at the Eucerin products. They make Aquaphor! That's the best burn and sunburn ointment I've used; on myself and on the kids when they were growing up. I never tried it on my hands but since I have it in stock, I'm going to go and do so right now.

    Edit: I sadly report that the Aquaphor is too greasy for me. I immediately washed it off the palms of my hands, but left it on the backs.
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    Here is what I use, I suffer sever cracking also since I work outside a lot.Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    Here is what I use, I suffer sever cracking also since I work outside a lot.Click image for larger version. 

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    Added to my Amazon cart. I'm going to have to get a new medicine cabinet just for hand creams. Maybe I'll do a hand cream review at the end of the season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OxPath View Post
    Added to my Amazon cart. I'm going to have to get a new medicine cabinet just for hand creams. Maybe I'll do a hand cream review at the end of the season.
    That's a great idea.
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