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    Dry and cracked hands from the heat and coffee; help!

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    It seems normal moisturisers and exfoliating stones arent doing the job too well for my hands.

    Ive got cracked dark lines all over both of my hands and no matter how clean my skin really is, it just looks and feels dirty from hours and hours on end with the grinder and machine. Does anyone have any secret remedy or lotion you can buy to help your skin just a little?

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    Re: Dry and cracked hands from the heat and coffee; help!

    I suffered from this last year, bugger it hurts when you get cracks on your thumbs (pushing on the tamper is hell). Few ideas moisturise after washing your hands, the soap dries them out. Also there is a product called "tough hands" (or something like it) I got from the pharmacy, expensive (ie $15) but it is good stuff. Use it regularly and you will see a difference. Mine took a while to toughen up but now they are fine.

    I also remember a bloke who used to lay concrete tell me that he used to soak his hands in baby oil for about 5 mins every night when he got home and that prevented the same thing.

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    Re: Dry and cracked hands from the heat and coffee; help!

    I have had some surgery whereby I no longer sweat from my hands at all. I use a combination of different moisturisers on rotation.

    The best I have come across is 100% shea butter. Very difficult to source...beware claims of 100% but then also have other ingredients???? Also beware contaminants (heavy metals etc) - check for quality control measurements. My sister imports it from Africa and the US because she needs it for her daughter who has a dermatological condition and cannot find a true 100% shea butter in Aus that is also top grade (many different grades) and tested for contaminants. It is a hard butter - you put a dab in your palm and work it between your palms until it turns into a thin oil and then apply.

    As moto coffee mentioned above - soaking in baby oil or olive oil is also very good.

    The soaps you use will also have a big effect. I only use handmade soaps (again my sister has to make them for her daughter so I get her to make me some extra) which are mainly made from shea butter and other oils.

    I could ask my sis if she is willing to onsell a small tub of shea butter for you if you wish to try it. I believe it is expensive per tub but it lasts forever...you only use a small dab each time. Not sure how much $ exactly, my sis often gifts it to me or swap for coffee etc. PM me if interested.

    Otherwise I recommend the oils, using a moisturiser instead of soap in the shower and try rotating moisturisers throughout the day.

    Travis.

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    I know what youre talking about too, Robstar. I get it occasionally as well along the edge of my fingers.

    I was also going to suggest an olive oil product, I use a moisturiser with olive oil in it. Seems to do the job for me. Also, like the others have suggested, dont wash with soap and if you can stop washing your hands as much, that will help as well. Only wash your hands if you really need to, just wipe them clean of coffee with a tea towel.

    If it gets really bad for you, you might have to consider wearing some of those soft cotton gloves until it clears up again.

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    Re: Dry and cracked hands from the heat and coffee; help!

    Quote Originally Posted by 003D3021263320520 link=1234810479/0#0 date=1234810479
    It seems normal moisturisers and exfoliating stones arent doing the job too well for my hands.

    Ive got cracked dark lines all over both of my hands and no matter how clean my skin really is, it just looks and feels dirty from hours and hours on end with the grinder and machine. Does anyone have any secret remedy or lotion you can buy to help your skin just a little?
    Dont use soap to wash your hands use a lotion with lanolin
    While working use a barrier cream

    Depending on the severity you can use
    Paw Paw Ointment or Wool Fat, baby oil, Emu Oil is also good

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    Re: Dry and cracked hands from the heat and coffee; help!


    Robstar, go and see a GP. ;)


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    I get eczema which ends up very similar to that at times. Best option is to go and see a GP, itll get cleared up in no time with something like Betnovate. If you ae a stubborn guy, like most of us guys, and figure youll fix it yourself, definitely get the cotton gloves. Then get some stuff called Robertsons. Its in a little jar, and not cheap. It also stinks like a dead fish, but it works so damn well! Just before you go to bed, put some of this stuff on your hands where its cracking, slip the gloves on, and by morning it will be noticeably better. Id be surprised if youd need to do this more than 2 or 3 nights, especially if you switch to not using soap to wash your hands. Sorbolene hand wash is a good alternative, as I find using the creams as a hand wash never feels clean enough. And get a good barrier cream to put on your hands before doing stuff, theres one at the chemist in a green and white tube. Hope you get better soon :)

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    Re: Dry and cracked hands from the heat and coffee; help!

    Quote Originally Posted by 70515A5A5D47340 link=1234810479/5#5 date=1234820368
    Robstar, go and see a GP. * ;)
    You guys are just as good, minus the $35 dollar after medicare. :D

    Going down to the shops now, so Ill stop by places like The Body Shop and whatnot and grab some of the suggestions. Thanks guys.

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    Re: Dry and cracked hands from the heat and coffee; help!

    Sorbolene for all skin washing, showers, shampoo, hands. Use a liquid handwash only for the most stubborn stains.

    Then a good moisturiser--often in the early days of a cracking episode. I use the Chem-Care range. Sorbolene for general washing and their NS8 works for real cracks.

    I recommend staying away from steroids if all possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 77425557675F425D515C54300 link=1234810479/8#8 date=1234851989

    I recommend staying away from steroids if all possible.

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    a wonderful message for all those aspiring body builders out there greg *;)

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    Re: Dry and cracked hands from the heat and coffee; help!

    You could try this. Macro vitamin e cream. So much better than anything else I have tried. Excellent for sunburn too.

    http://www.homepharmacy.com.au/products/products_view.cfm?ProductID=8102

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    One of the best remedies for cracked fingers and dry hands is Glyserine and Rosewater!!


    Cheers Gra....

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    Re: Dry and cracked hands from the heat and coffee; help!

    Sorbolene for washing in & Pure Nutraceuticals Paw Paw Ointment with Calendula (has shea butter in it as well as heaps of other goodies :)) better than Lucas Paw Paw (Petrochemical based) for skin repair. If you want to go budget basics - neem oil is great for all over.
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    Re: Dry and cracked hands from the heat and coffee; help!

    This is getting really funny. So if you go with the advice so far, you will:

    Wash your hands with hand made soap
    Apply a little shea butter
    Use more than one type of moisturiser
    Apply a lotion
    Use barrier cream
    Dab on some olive oil
    Dont forget the baby oil
    "Tough Hands"
    Paw paw oil
    Wool fat (isnt that lanolin?)
    Emu Oil
    Betnovate
    Robertsons
    Plain old Sorbolene or Chemcares Brand
    NS8
    Macro vitamin E
    Cotton Gloves
    Stuff obtainable from a chemist in a green and white tube (this one is my favourite) ;D

    And if you get all of these you will have saved yourself a $35 visit to a GP!

    Yep, sounds sensible to me. :P


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    Yes, but you can only get betnovate by prescription, so that one has to come off the list!

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    I wouldnt settle for anything less Dennis! So glad Im saving money here from not seeing the GP. *;D

    To be honest, I never wouldve expected there to be so many remedies. I thought to some degree that it would be a special case caused only by the coffee and warm handles and hot cups and someone had specially engineered a cream.

    But its pretty generic, dry and cracked hands could be a result of all sorts of things!

    Im going to put all the suggestions into a hat though and pull one out and go with that. ;)

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    Re: Dry and cracked hands from the heat and coffee; help!


    My hands are always exposed to cleaning chemicals at work
    Paw Paw Ointment (Lucas Brand) available from chemists for Aprox $5.00
    Is the best thing since sliced bread and works miracles for my hands


    Wool Fat I am informed by my wife that for decades has also been used by countless women to repair cracked breast nipples especially when breast feeding

    Learn something new every day
    (not that I wanted to know about the wool fat one :o)

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    Re: Dry and cracked hands from the heat and coffee; help!

    Quote Originally Posted by 596469787F6A790B0 link=1234810479/15#15 date=1234879237
    Im going to put all the suggestions into a hat though and pull one out and go with that. Wink
    I guess the only reason I suggested a GP is that we are all individuals, and not knowing your medical history, there is always a risk that some remedies may make matters worse.

    If all else fails, get a heavy object, like a brick, and drop it from waist height on your big toe. I can pretty much guarantee that youll forget all about your cracked hands for a while. ;D

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    Re: Dry and cracked hands from the heat and coffee; help!

    I used to suffer from this in my chef days. My unprofessional theory is that the glycerine used in a lot of top end moisturisers causes a lot of food products to "stick" and become ingrained in your hands. The answer for me was to throw out the "good" hand cream and buy a tube of Vaseline Intensive Care.

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    Re: Dry and cracked hands from the heat and coffee; help!

    There is a product that the body shop sells that is brilliant. I used to suffer a severe allergic reaction to the sanitizer that we used at Maccas. My hands were constantly bleeding and itching from small little welts that would come up.

    Its called "Hemp". comes in a small tube for about $20 and it is by far the best I have come across for dry cracked hands.

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    Re: Dry and cracked hands from the heat and coffee; help!

    How about some of those Citrus Oil based hand cleaners you see around, rather than soap?

    We used to use these at work in combination with an excellent Barrier Foam (dont know if it/was food safe) that came in a small spray can.... It kind of came out like shaving foam and a little blob about the size of a ping-pong ball was all that was required for about 4Hrs of effectiveness. Like KK mentions above, we used to be in situations where all sorts of solvents and compounds came into contact with your hands during the course of a normal days works and without the Citrus Oil cleaner and the application of the Barrier Foam Im sure my hands would be well and truly wrecked by now...

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    Re: Dry and cracked hands from the heat and coffee; help!

    Hi Folks,

    I too have had my fair share of cracked and dry skin (especially when doing a very busy coffee service) on 1 occassion I even got bleeding hands caused by coffee sucking the moisure out of my hands

    The only products I have found that works for me is the Stoko Skin Care range, the importer is based up in Queensland, but they have a network of distributors over the country. Do a google / yahoo search on Stoko Skin Care and youll find one (some even specialize in caring for the coffee industry). Stoko have a number of products especially for the cafe / hospitality industry. I use Duropro as a prework barrier cream, Solopol as a hand cleaner and Stokolan as an after cleaning hand care moisuriser, they are even recommended by the "RASH website as helping those with eczema and other skin conditions and they are earth friendly, best of all for us blokes they arent girly type creams however my girls (staff) love them as well and much cheaper than similar hand creams by the big name companies.



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