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#1 of 8 Old 10-22-2008, 11:30 PM - Thread Starter
 
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For the last couple years I have been getting these super dry fingertips during the winter. I taught Kg (until the arrival of DS this past summer) and so I was washing my hands A LOT (messy projects, germs, etc.). Sometime during the winter the tips would get very dry, like sandpaper. It's a very annoying sensation when they touch anything that's not completely smooth - touching fabric is just awful. It's like my fingertips are the rougher side of a velcro closure and they catch on things that aren't smooth.

Now, with a baby, I am washing my hands all the time, too, and this year the dry fingertips have started before winter has even arrived. I try moisturizing throughout the day (after hand washing whenever possible). I'm even using Lansinoh frequently on them. But nothing seems to be helping.

It's driving me crazy! Any suggestions? Is there some sorta "home spa" type treatment that could help?

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I get really really dry hands too, I care for kids in my home and I'm washing my hands all day long. You may want to try different soaps, some are harsher than others. Also, I gave up regular lotion. It is mostly alcohol, which is drying, so using it is a vicious cycle. Lansinoh is great - put it on at night and then wear cotton gloves to bed. Also, try shea butter. My favorite new "lotion" is Skin Food by Weleda. Spendy but worth it!

When my hands get really bad and the kids have really runny noses, I wear latex type gloves and just wash my hands with the gloves on.

Please share if you figure out something that really works!!
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I forgot - make sure you are hydrating/lubricating your body too! Drink lots of water and be sure to get enough oils (flax or fish). Also, there are some dietary things that can affect dryness, citrus fruits for sure, I can't remember the others right now.

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Well, I've been putting my lanolin on at least 6 times a day and we started using a humidifier in the bedroom at night...and I'm pleased to say that I'm seeing an improvement.

DH thinks it's funny that I'm using "nipple cream" on my fingers...

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I get the dry fingertips as well. It sounds simple but I notice if I'm in a hurry and don't take the time to thoroughly dry my hands after washing, they get much more dry and chapped.
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I have very dry hands as well. My dermatologist suggest a cheap alternative is to use Vaseline Creamy soon after washing them. I also heard aobut wearing gloves and socks to keep the moisture in but I hate wearing them. Water is good. I'm always forgetting to drink enough of it during the day.
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i have the exact same problem except its all the time still don't know how to get rid of it

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Increasing my water intake makes a huge difference for me. I often don't feel as thirsty in the winter and have to remind myself to drink. When it's really bad I use a quart jar for my drinking glass so I only have to remember to drink 2 or 3 quarts instead of a bunch of glasses. Lanolin helps me too.
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