Does your hand cause certain things, cause a strong crackle?
It is the middle of winter, and now the hands of many people are cracked. As soon as your hands become dry and cracked, your skin becomes worse and worse under the influence of products and conditions that continue to pull lipids and water out of your skin, which leads to a denatured barrier protein. Skin lipids and water are key elements in the health of the skin barrier.
The most common products and conditions that your hands should avoid include:
- Sharp soap is like dishwashing soap. It draws the precious lipids of the skin, causing damage to the skin barrier.
- Hot water – again, it lubricates fats from pots and pans, but also draws precious lipids from the skin
- Solvents such as alcohol (for example, a hand sanitizer), acetone (nail polish remover) – they remove lipids and can denature protein in the skin barrier.
- Hot air (like a car heater is turned on with cold hands) – it draws water out of the skin, dehydrating the skin, leading to a feeling of rough and tight skin
The medical name for dry and cracked hands is “irritating hand dermatitis”.
Your skin is thick and cruel to your hands. The outer barrier is a brick and mortar structure of dead cells filled with keratin protein (bricks) in a lipid mortar. As soon as this structure begins to destroy the snowballs, the damage from dryness to cracks causes damage and cracking.
Speaking about this post with my husband, he admitted that he had become even better with a big “no-no” hand exposure. Recently, he took his hands in tractor grease (we have a vineyard). He could not remove grease with soap, so he used gasoline. He could not remove gasoline with soap, so he used a comet! Yes – this is a complete chain of manual disaster. He survived because he started this misfortune with skin that was in good shape. If he had done this with cracked hands, I would have heard about the symptoms instead of a curious story.
Bottom line: take care of your hands so that they can resist occasional insults. As soon as cracking begins, protect them until they heal – which can take months to restore the integrity of the thick brick and mortar barrier.
What products do I use in my dermatological practice and do I personally use my husband to maintain hand health?
Survival Kit for Busy Hands (in the kitchen)
Naturally busy hands (in the bathroom)
I also got my Repair kit for dry skin of hands for the garden season, when my hands start screaming about TLC.
Want to get rid of your dry skin? Find out more with my tips here.
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