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How to Prevent Chapped Hands

How to Prevent Chapped Hands Aug 29, 2018

Chapped skin can happen at any time of the year in warm and cold climates. It’s inconvenient and uncomfortable and it’s caused by harsh chemical soaps, cold temperatures, or over­exposure to the sun.

Chapping is caused by a loss of moisture, but washing your hands multiple times throughout the day can cause your hands to peel and bleed. Yikes!

So, what can you do to prevent chapped hands? Here are a few quick tips:

Moisturize

If you want your skin to be smooth and soft, then you’re going to want to put back the moisture that you’ll need to hydrate it. Sadly, just drinking water just won’t cut it, although it is helpful.

The best way to prevent chapped hands is to start a moisturizing regime even before your hands start to feel dry. This way it’s already a normal habit in your daily routine, and you can keep your hands from drying out.

Some people deal with such deep cracks and bleeding that a light moisturizer isn’t going to do the trick. In this case, using a thicker product can be very effective, such as petroleum jelly or a rich moisturizer that contains cocoa butter or beeswax as an ingredient. For an even deeper moisturizing experience, trying putting this product on at night, and then wearing cotton gloves to bed.

Washing hands

It’s vital to wash our hands, and no one is recommending giving up this healthy habit. It can, however, wreak havoc on your hands! It’s important to follow these steps when washing:

  • Use a mild soap
  • Avoid using hot water
  • Pat rather than rub your skin dry
  • Apply a moisturizer right away

While handwashing can be drying, hand sanitizer gels are even harsher on your skin. Try to avoid their use unless absolutely necessary, opting instead for a gentle wash.

If you are dealing with severely chapped hands and you can’t seem to find relief from your symptoms, then it might be time to see your dermatologist for treatment.

About Center for Dermatology in Lakeville, Minnesota

The dermatology professionals at the Center for Dermatology are pleased to welcome you to our practice. We provide medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology services in Lakeville, MN. We know how hectic life can be and are committed to making our practice convenient and accessible.

We want you to feel confident that when you choose the Center for Dermatology, you’re working with health care professionals who are qualified, experienced and caring. We invite you to schedule an appointment for your next skin checkup. We look forward to meeting you!

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Lakeville, MN 55044

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