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   Posted 2/5/2009 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
This winter weather combined with my heater being on all the time, not to mention the constant hand washing to keep cold germs away, is totally wreaking havoc on my hands.  They are dry, scaly, red and raw in some places and they HURT.  I feel like my hands are on fire.  Every touch is painful!  I've never had sensitive skin before this, but I can't believe how painful it is! What do you do?  I feel like wearing gloves, but the thought of having any fabric touch me.... ugh.

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   Posted 2/5/2009 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi BB-

I feel like a snake and my skin is going start sloughing off! Winters are always brutal for me. From the top of my head to the tips of my toes! My scalp is dry and itchy, the bottoms of my feet have to be constantly lotioned or they feel like sandpaper, my hands are dry and red too. AND I wash my hands too much too- I think it is the leftover nurse in me.

The one thing that helps me though is making sure I wear gloves when I go outside. Keep applying lotion on my hands throughout the day, and when I get dressed in the morning I lotion the bottom of my feet before I put my socks on. I'm also running the humidifier non-stop- it does make a difference.

I can't be much help on any products- the lotions I use have to be fragrance free, and for the sensitive or I will break out.  sad  


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   Posted 2/5/2009 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I have to use fragrance free too. I found Neutrogena is a good lotion for dry skin. It costs a little more, but it is worth it. If I use anything with fragrance in it, my skin really breaks out. Also wearing socks on your hands at night with a lot of lotion helps.

I hope that this helps some. I have found one fragrance one that works on my hands. It is Camille Beckman. The fragrance is french vanilla. It is Coronet Cream with Lanolin. Other than that, forget fragrance. I don't like the way that most of them smell anyway. I like natural smells.

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   Posted 2/5/2009 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I make my own lotion potion using a bottle of Vaseline Intensive Care, fragrance free and a tube of Creamy Vaseline. The other day I decided to add a bottle of Aveeno lotion to the mix. I put them all three in a bowl and start wisking it together and it got thicker and thicker til it was a paste, obviously the oatmeal in the Aveeno is what did it. smhair Now I have a jar full of paste for lotion but when I put it on it kinda liquifies so it's okay. Won't be using Aveeno in it anymore.
I am dry from head to toe and I haven't found anything that completly works for the dryness. I can't shampoo my hair everyday in the winter or my scalp starts itching.
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   Posted 2/5/2009 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
my skin gets terribly dry in the winter, too. to combat it, i make sure to use fragrance free baby oil on my skin after every shower or bath. that seems to be the best remedy for dry skin on my body, but unfortunately it doesn't keep my hands from getting too dried out and cracking. i also make sure to always wear gloves outside and use a humidifier and make sure to put on lotion everytime my hands get wet. i have also found that bagbaum (sp?) is fabulous for super dry, cracked hands. normally i think bagbaum is used on cows to keep their udders from cracking, but you should be able to find it in a drugstore. it's super thick and feels kind of greasy, but it works sooooo well on dry, cracked hands. you can even get little tins of it to carry around in your purse :)
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   Posted 2/5/2009 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I've never used the Bag Baum on myself, but you can find it in the pet departments as well. I have it for my dogs pads when they
get cracked in the winter. It works great on them.

I use the Vaseline Intensive Care Fragrance Free.... it works great. I use the Eucerin Cream on my feet and hands when they get cracked.
I haven't used any this year, but pure vitamin E works great too...especially around your cuticuls.

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   Posted 2/5/2009 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
First of all, I drink a lot of water.  It's important to keep yourself hydrated.  That helps your skin, too.  Then I use Curel Continuous Comfort lotion.  It says it hydrates and relieves for 24 hours and I do only need to put it on once a day.
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   Posted 2/5/2009 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
The bagabum works great for me also the vaseline lotion with aloe. I use a facial scrub on my whole body it is made by st ives it gets rid of all the dry skin. then as soon as i am done follow up with lotion. I found that I have started using the cheap plastic gloves when I clean or even making dinner because i tend to wash my hands alot now I can just rinse off the gloves and it cuts my hand washing in half.especially when making dinner. also if you really lather your hands up with lotion and heat a towel (hand towel works best )in microwave wrap your hands up for five minutes... Also dry scalp sufferers you can also do this with your favorite conditioner making sure you get conditioner close to scalp wrap head in warm towel and leave it sit for awhile. I have even left it in all night. Also you should put conditioner in hair before swimming will help chlorine to not dry or discolor you hair. I went to cosemetology school thats how I learned alot of little skin and hair tricks.. also can put a moistureizing mask on handss.

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   Posted 2/5/2009 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I was just talking to my daughter about this a couple of days ago.  My skin is so dry & my hands are rough.  She has Sjogrens & her skin is very dry.  She told me she found on a Sjogrens site to use petroleum jelly.  She told me to get out of the shower & not dry off with a towel & put the PJ all over yourself.  It will lock in the moisture from the shower & will soften your skin.  Then pat dry, if you need to but she also said she is no longer wet at that time.  She swears by it so I am going to try it.  Added bonus she buys her Petroleum Jelly on the dollar aisle at the grocery store. 
Hugs, Denise

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   Posted 2/5/2009 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   

I wash my hands a lot during cold and flu season, so I use hand soap with moisturizer in it (in addition to applying regular lotion/cream to my hands frequently).  The added lotion seems to make the soap a little less harsh.  If you can stand fragrance, Bath and Body Works makes a line of anti-bacterial soaps with moisturizer built in. I keep these by all of the sinks, and they are so much easier on my skin than regular hand soaps.

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   Posted 2/5/2009 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   

I know this may sound extreme but it works, a couple of nights a week I use PJ on my hands and slip them in to white cotton gloves for the night. My hands are really nice from this. Oh I do the same for my feet after a warm bath with lavender oil I PJ them well and put on nice comfortable white socks. I smell natural and it works!!!!


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   Posted 2/5/2009 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Both Avon and Mary Kay make hand masks that work great, making hands very soft. The follow up lotions are great, too.

Bag Balm comes in a square tin, usually near the pharmacy in most drug stores. It does work great.

Pure lanolin is also readily available at the drugstore and nothing works better to seal in natural moisture - I'm in perimenopause, and my, nipples are so dry I get so that I want to rip them right off! My doctor suggested lanolin for me.
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   Posted 2/6/2009 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Eucerin Calming Cream is the BEST!!! I can't handle fragrance either. Its fragrance free!! I also us Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion.. its also frag. free.
I get this horrible itchy spot on my tummy and the Eucerin Calming Cream is the only thing that helps.
When I was a hairdresser my hands would crack and bleed in the winter. I used to use cortizone cream on them at night really helped.

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