Despite having a penchant for developing difficult acne, my skin has actually been pretty good to me. It’s only been recently that I’ve needed to start using moisturizer, and it’s generally pretty soft. I can thank dad’s side of the family for that
Unfortunately, my hands have been pretty badly abused as of late, and it’s seriously starting to show.
I work in a rather oily, dirty environment, so any time I come into the office I need to wash my hands. Regular soap doesn’t do the trick, so I end up using something a little stronger. The dispenser calls it “super duty hand cleanser with grit”. If you’ve ever used Fast Orange, it’s like that without the citrus scent. When I’m working in the shop, I wash my hands with this stuff a minimum of 4 times a day, though it’s frequently more often than that.
As a result I’ve exfoliated the crap out of the backs of my hands, to the point that the skin has started to get sore and go hard and scaly. Not cool! I have a little tube of moisturizer at my desk, but I’m starting to run out of it. It hasn’t been the most effective at dealing with the abuse my hands have been putting up with either, so I’m looking for something different. I now understand what the intensive care moisturizers are for!
These are some options I’m considering at the moment:
Glysomed – One of my friends gave me a tube of this in high school. I didn’t really need it back then, but I seem to recall liking the texture.
Aquaphor – I figure if dermatologists use it after laser skin resurfacing, it must be doing something right!
Vaseline – It would be a little difficult to use actual petroleum jelly at work (though I do have access to it), but maybe their moisturizer line would have a winner?
I’m hoping that I can find something that doesn’t just sit on the skin like a greasy film. Obviously I’m open to suggestions! What do you use, have you used, or what would you use if you had to? Do you have anything you swear by? This is my first time dealing with chapped skin on my hands, so if you have any ideas fire away!
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