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Currently, both of my thumbs have deep cracks at the corners of my nails along the top towards my thumbprint, and it is a very hard spot to put a bandaid on. I also have them on my heels (one is 1/2" long) They started to crack when the weather got colder and dryer. I have tried lotions and oinments to heal them, but with little success. I work with my hands alot, so when they crack, they really throb and bleed alot. Has anyone out there experienced this, and what can I do heal my hands?
 

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Have you tried lansinoh? I put some on before bed and it helps some. Darn the cold weather here in Iowa. I know my skin gets really dry now. We also make sure and run the humidifier to cut down on some of the dry air
 

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I sometimes get cracked fingertips, my skin is always on the dry side, I also get very dry heels. What I really like for that is unrefined shea butter. I have quite a bit on hand if you'd like to try some PM me and I'll send some.
 

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I second the Lansinoh idea from personal experience. I'm lucky with my hands, but my feet get so dry and cracked in cold weather. I've found that if I smear a good amount of the Lansinoh on my feet right before bed and put some old socks on top (some that you don't care about), that it significantly improves in about a week. Very significantly <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. But I do it right before bed cuz its pretty goey. You could do the same with your hands. Get some white cotten gloves, smear the Lansinoh right before bed and it works wonders. HTH!
 

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Lanolin is great for a night treatment and seems to protects my skin when doing dishes for example. Shea butter is super nice too. Calendula oil is healing and calming. So second and third all of that.<br><br>
If you are using alcohol based hand sanitizers -- stop. If you are using antibacterial soaps or cleansers --stop. These agrevate the cracking and bleeding to make it worse. I never even had cracked and bleeding hands until I bought some of this stuff (by accident upon coming to the US to live).<br><br>
I have some Burt's Bees hand balm in a tin, I don't recommend it, it hasn't worked as a nice moisturizer for me and leaves my hands so slippery I can't hold on to anything. The facial carrot cream works better on my hands.<br><br>
As off as this might sound, a sugar scrub might be in order to remove those dead skin cells from the surface and open the pores up more to accept a healing oil like calendula or a moisturizer like shea butter. Sugar also can aid in healing. If your hands are sore, a small sugar grandule would be best rather than a large corse grandule and don't apply a huge amount of pressure to sensitive skin. (you can make your own with table sugar and olive oil as a starter or leave it at that)<br><br>
A trip into your local health food store might be helpful. They usually have a sample jar you can try in the store.
 

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Thanks for all of your advice! I will go to the store tomorrow, so I will look for the calendula oil and shea butter. Somewhere, I have some of the Lansinoh.
 
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