How to Heal Dry, Chapped Hands (Also Known As Hand Dermatitis)
In my YouTube video, I talk about hand care and dry, chapped hands. Here, I explain my tips.
The important point to know is that you hands take a lot of abuse. You use them all day long like you’ve got gloves on, and they get chapped.
They itch, the skin gets tight, it starts to crack, and it can even fissure.
It’s more likely to be problem from fall to spring because you are avidly washing your hands trying not to get all the cold and flu germs going around. But, hand dermatitis is a problem all year long, especially for people who do a lot of wet work. Their hands are in and out of water all the time. This includes people like restaurant workers, health care workers, etc.
What happens with hand dermatitis is that the skin of the hands actually loses the natural lipids because of exposure to harsh chemicals, solvents, wet work, weather, etc.
This skin care treatment is to reverse that. It’s done by:
- Washing your hands in such a way that you are not over-stripping the lipids.
- Then, locking in moisture so that the barrier can heal.
You do this by using effective moisturizers right after toweling your hands dry. But note that they need to be moisturizers that aren’t too annoying and greasy because you won’t use annoying and greasy hand creams!
There is a right way to wash your hands to help them heal.
I like to teach people to create a public and private side of the hands. The public side is on the palm where the skin is thicker and can take a little bit more abuse.
Hand dermatitis often starts on the back where the skin is thinner and/or between the fingers. Consider the back of your hand “the private side,” and care for it gently.
Here are the tricks to good hand washing to help prevent hand dermatitis:
- When you wash your hands, use warm water… not steamy, hot water.
Steamy hot water is going to strip your oils really efficiently just like it gets the grease off pots and pans. You don’t want that with your hand skin.