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I work a hard manual job where my hands are regularly washed and wet. It washes the natural oils out of my hands and my fingers regularly split taking a couple days to heal if I cut the skin back and seal it up with some blood from a cut elsewhere.

This is exceptionally annoying as it is literally painful to play certain chords. One of my teacher noticed my fingering changed due to finger splits. So for certain chords instead of 5-3-1 it was 5-4-1 or 5-2-1. Or I would even use fingers on my other hand.

I'm currently moisturing my hands every day several times a day and the splits at the end are less frequent.


But how do you care for your hands? The outside bits and the inner bits like your tendons? (my previous posture was terrible and used to cause aches in my forearms its gone now I have a higher chair)

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Frequent and constant moisturizer -- and using ones that work best. I'm in a constant search for ones that work better. I used to have one that was great for me, but then (of course) ha they discontinued it -- and then I found another, and of course they discontinued that too. But I'm happy enough with what I use now.

Everybody's skin is different. It's worth trying different ones to see what's best for you -- and what's best doesn't particularly have anything to do with how expensive they are.

BTW, I think you should try hard not to have to change fingerings on this account -- but I'm sure I'm not telling you anything you don't know.

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Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream. Trust me - it works.

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Originally Posted by Woody-Woodruff
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream. Trust me - it works.

For you! And I'm glad it does! And justpin may want to try it.

But nothing would be good for everybody. That's why I didn't mention the specific kinds that have been good for me.

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I have a similar issue because as a health care practitioner I have to wash my hands a lot, and I live in a very dry climate. I agree that different people benefit from different creams and lotions. The only thing that seems to even partly prevent cracks for me is Hemp Cream from The Body Shop. (Yes, I'm naming names.)

For taking care of the insides of the hands, Taubman Approach-- and with a sensible, non-dogmatic teacher. I just went through some tendonitis caused by practicing a Bach 5-voice fugue-- even though I was being careful. Re-fingering it even more Taubmanically (I can't think of a better word!) pretty much stopped the pain.

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I love Body Shop products, and use a couple of them regularly. I just somehow never tried any of their hand moisturizers. (I should!) smile

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Taubmanically

I think the term is more apt for that school of thought than you probably imagined. ha

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L'Occitane's hand cream with 20% shea butter works really well.. the Neutrogena's a good one, too.

I don't know what to say for the insides of your hands. In my limited experience, if I feel something there, I'm doing something wrong smile I'm sure your hands will feel better once you get your cracks under control because they'll be more relaxed.

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Haha thanks.

I had a tub of this hand cream from Japan, I don't know what it is but it worked..... and ran out ages ago.

Norweigian formula doesn't really work on me....

Meh oh well. Going to try the above suggestions.

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Originally Posted by justpin
.....Going to try the above suggestions.

Well if you're gonna do that.... grin

Then I have to tell you mine too. ha

Just about the simplest thing there is, and not expensive: Lubriderm Daily Moisture, "Normal to Dry Skin," either the kind that says "Sensitive" or not (doesn't matter) -- and I recommend "Fragrance Free." smile

I have some right here. In fact I have it everywhere, and it travels with me wherever I go -- tiny plastic containers.

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People have told me Corn Huskers lotion works great on split fingers.

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Originally Posted by Mareesey
People have told me Corn Huskers lotion works great on split fingers.

Oh yeah -- we were basically ignoring that part of it!

The treatment for split fingers is a whole different thing than preventing the split fingers. So far we were talking about that other thing.

I found old-fashioned Vaseline to be good for split fingers -- apply the Vaseline and wrap gauze or something around it overnight, and usually by morning it's fine. (As suggested by one of my teachers.) Justpin's problem sounds more serious than usual, though, and it might not be so simple.

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How about using protection gloves at work?


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Originally Posted by Teodor
How about using protection gloves at work?

+1 agree, or a barrier cream.

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I have to wash a zillion times a day too and if I use antibacterial soap or hand sanitizer, I am doomed to cracking skin and bloody and infected cuticles. I use Cetaphil to wash and several different kinds of lotion. When things are getting rough, I goop my hands before bed and wear thin cotton gloves.

Gloves for housework too.


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I'm prone to cracking skin at times also. Moisturizers and vaseline are good.

But if I have a split in the skin that makes it hurt to play, I use something I learned about from a forum thread a while back: super glue. You have to be careful and sparing with it, but it shields the skin from further stretching and can be a great help. It usually allows me to play without feeling the crack at all. It starts to peel off after a day or two, though (resist all urges to pull at it).

Disclaimer: not intended as responsible medical advice. (But, my husband is a doc and says it's not so different from the glue they use instead of stitches these days.)


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Originally Posted by justpin

But how do you care for your hands? The outside bits and the inner bits like your tendons?


Outside bits and inner bits, hmmm.... Very interesting terminology! grin

I've had to switch teachers and "start over" (blah) with a new technique, also due to repeated , um, er...injury to my outside and inner bits. (suppressing laughter)

As for moisturizers, anything that is lipid-based should work well, as often as possible, and covering with gloves (or socks for feet, ladies) overnight is a plus.





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I got my tip from the produce guys at our local natural food grocery Their hands are wet all day from cleaning & trimming the fruits & veggies, plus they have access to the finest selection of groovy skin care products -- and they like stuff with shea butter.

I use the brand "Everyday Shea" which comes in pretty large bottles for a not-too-exorbitant price. We share a bottle among several roommates and it lasts for months & months.

Before that I had very good luck with "Udderly Smooth" which was originally meant for cows' udders, but took off among needleworkers (which is where I heard about it).

But it's true that different things work for different people. My good friend has great results with that Neutrogena Norwegian formula stuff, while it just sits on the surface of my hands being annoying and doing nothing. Meanwhile she has the same problem with my udder cream.

So, of course, YMMV.

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How about using protection gloves at work?


I used to but could never feel anything through gloves. So stopped using them as did everybody else. Doesn't help that the latex makes me itch like crazy. smirk

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I usually get cuts all over and seal it up with blood instead. Which sort of helps.

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I just remembered another product that some people swear by, called "Gloves in a Bottle." You'd be able to feel things through it.


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