Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Remedies for Split Skin on Fingers

split skin on fingertip

The weather has gotten cold and wintry. My clients are coming in with super dry skin and splits in their fingers. Splits in the fingertips are very  common in the winter. 

They hurt and make it hard to do everyday tasks. Our skin gets so dry and dehydrated in the cold winter air, that it can split open and feel like a paper cut. Lack of humidity in the outside air and the dry heated air inside buildings, exposure to water, exposure to strong chemicals like nail polish remover and cleaning products can cause dehydrated skin that can lead to splits. 

Working with paper, clay, fabric and clothing also causes dehydration. Those materials absorb moisture and oils from our skin. Here are some ways to get relief and help skin splits heal.

Remedies to heal and prevent cracked skin:


Always wear gloves to protect your hands. That means waterproof gloves when cleaning or doing dishes, gloves when dusting and warm winter gloves when you are outside.

Apply hand lotion or hand cream right after washing your hands. Also, be sure to apply lotion or cream frequently throughout the day. Keep a small tube of hand cream in your handbag, in your car and at work so you have it with you to use all day long.

Antibiotic Ointment
Apply an antibiotic ointment and cover with a Bandaid to help the split heal. Apply an antibiotic ointment 2-3 times per day.

Lip Balm
Apply lip balm to the crack to help seal it and ease the sting.

Do the old fashioned remedy of petroleum jelly and white cotton gloves at bedtime. Apply a thick layer of petroleum jelly to your hands then cover them with white cotton gloves and go to bed. It's amazingly healing! Look for the gloves at Walgreens, CVS, Walmart and Bed Bath and Beyond.

 Here are a few healing creams to try:

Porter's Lotion
This product contains witch hazel, glycerin, alcohol, green soap, ammonium carbonate, camphor and rosemary to help heal cracked and peeling skin.

Cera V Therapeutic Hand Cream

This healing cream contains Hyaluronic Acid which is fabulous for hydrating the skin.

Udderly Smooth

This product was made to moisturize and heal cow's skin. For real!!! It contain stearic acid, lanolin and allantoin to heal dry cracked skin.

Carmex Healing Ointment

Contains petrolatum, lanolin, beeswax, cetyl esters, mineral oil, cocoa butter, fragrance, camphor, menthol, salicylic acid and vanillin to soothe and heal the skin.

Don't Forget your Vitamins

You can also add more vitamins and fat to your diet to help the skin heal and be stronger:

Take Flax seed oil

Take Vitamin D

Eat your Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 Fatty Acids:  Soybeans, walnuts, flax seeds and salmon

Omega 6 Fatty Acids:  Cereals and grains, oils: flax seed, soybean, corn, sunflower, cottonseed, black currant and evening primrose and egg yolks

Eat mono-unsaturated fats- Avocados, olives, olive oil. nuts

Hope these tips help your fingertips heal super fast!

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