What has worked for you to cure very chapped hands and very dry face?

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Posted: 1/26/2013 9:13:09 PM
My 9yr old has terrible chapped hands and very dry spots around his lips and nose. I have tried so many different things and have not found anything that really works. What has worked for you?


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Posted: 1/26/2013 9:17:31 PM
I'm just getting over a very long cold that chapped my face like never before. I used diaper rash cream while I was still blowing my nose (which helped) and then at night, I layered my face with coconut oil. Over and over and over again. Within 3 days, my face is completely healed


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Posted: 1/26/2013 9:20:17 PM
I had the same problem and I got Gold Bond Ultimate Softening with Shea Butter for my hands. They are still a little dry, but are getting better. I don't have anything for the face...I do remember having really bad chapped lips when I was a kid. I would constantly lick above my lips until it was bright red. My mom used regular old vaseline on it and I didn't like the taste so I stopped licking.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 9:53:31 PM
I use lansinoh/lanolin (sorry I don't know how to spell either one). It's the stuff they recommend to breast feeding moms for cracks and such. I never needed it for that but it works great on the kids. You only need a smig!
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Posted: 1/26/2013 10:03:09 PM
Try organic coconut oil. I've had great results with it.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 10:06:50 PM
I swear by Aquaphor. I coat my hands with it at night and wear thin cotton gloves to bed.


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Posted: 1/26/2013 10:13:36 PM
For the hands you can put desitin (sp) on them and then socks, works great... also if you take some really good lotion lather really good, then put vaseline on them followed by socks till morning, works too... for the face I have found that vaseline works too, just make sure that she doesn't get it in her eyes.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 10:26:16 PM

DS gets terribly chapped lips and face during the Santa Anas. It's the best thing for him.

We use it as a family, and endorse it thoroughly.


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Posted: 1/26/2013 11:12:23 PM
I've been using the coconut oil this winter. Love it.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 2:51:45 AM
For me switching to homemade bar soap that I bought on Etsy has done wonders for my dry skin. Prior to the switch I was putting lotion on my hands several times a day but still getting bleeding cracks on my knuckles and between my fingers. After showers I was putting lotion on but in a couple hours feeling like I didn't have any on.

I switched to the homemade bar soap just before Christmas and now I very rarely put lotion on my hands or on my body after a shower. I only need to use lotion on my hands if I do a lot of work in the kitchen or after doing major cleaning. After my shower, I only use lotion after I shave my legs or when the weather has been freezing for a couple days.

Oh, I also switched to washing my face with a homemade soap that I bought that contains clay and activated charcoal. I still use moisturizer after washing my face but I don't get the dry patches around my nose or eyebrows like I did with store bought cleansers.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 3:03:07 AM
We also use lansinoh for dry lips. When my son was around 6 or 7 he had a bad habit of licking his lips and his upper lip was so red. Lansinoh every night fixed it pretty quickly.

For hands, my kids use vanicream (the one that comes in a tub with a pump lid) along with cotton gloves at night. During the day they use California Baby everyday lotion.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:02:54 AM
I used to get dry patches on my face during the winter. I started using coconut oil at night and haven't had them since. My husband's hands were very dry and chapped from ice fishing. I had him start rubbing coconut oil into his hands before he went to bed and that helped a lot. When my youngest daughter had issues with eczema the best lotion we found for her was the Walmart knock off of Eucerine. Eucerine was great, but it was really hard to rub into her skin.



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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:14:12 AM
I too have heard aquaphor for children. It comes in a tub or a travel sized tube.
My 7 year old is having terrible bloody noses due to dry air, and a dr. recommended putting neosporin in his nose. I've used that on my nuckles before, when they are really dry.
I have had older people tell me they used Crisco vegetable shorting and put it on before bed, wearing socks/gloves. It doesn't have a fragrance, so that's good. Best wishes to your 9 yr old!

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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:20:27 AM
For my daughter when she gets chapped lips, I have her put a light coating of vaseline on her lips every night before bed. In no time, they are healed.

For dry hands, every night, without fail, have him use some type of hand lotion before bed. Also, for about a week or two, in the beginning to heal the hands, have him put on a light coating of vaseline, rub in well all over hands and then put on a warm pair of gloves for at least ten minutes or as long as he can stand to have them on in bed. Run the gloves in the dryer for a few minutes before putting on hands.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:20:40 AM
When my boys were younger, Aquaphor was my go-to item. I also like the Fisherman formula Neutrogena. I could buy small tubes of the Aquaphor and send it to school with them and they would apply it if they felt the need during the day.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:22:57 AM
I agree that coconut oil is good. Another product to try and the best thing I hav ever used on my hands is Hemp Hand Protector from the Body Shop.

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I ended up with this product after getting off an airplane one day with hands and cuticles that were splitting and cracking. The skin below my fingers was peeling and bleeding. The airport appended to have a Body Shop so I stopped in for something that would help. In 24 hours, my hands were 99% better. As soon as I got home, I went out and bought a full size tube!

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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:27:56 AM
another vote for coconut oil here. I have to repeatedly wash my hands at work and they used to get so dry they would crack and bleed. I use coconut oil every night now and I don't have dry hands at all

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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:51:23 AM
BueatiContrl has some manicure cream that works wonderful. I even put a little around my nose when it is chapped. I cannot tell you the name of it because I really have no clue. I just stop by a neighbor that sells it and say "can I get a tube of the fantastic cream" and she gets it for me.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 8:09:27 AM
I use olive oil on both my hands and face at night. However, you have to get your hands/face kind of wet (not just damp) before you apply it, and then it takes a minute or two to rub it in. You have to keep rubbing until your hands are dry (and soft!). Water is the key to applying it and not leaving your hands or face greasy.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 8:24:09 AM
Cornhusker's lotion is really good for dealing with super dry hands. It looks gross but if you can get past that image in your mind, it is a great lotion.

You can buy it at any drug store/Walmart, etc.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 9:48:35 AM
Actually using shea butter foot cream on my hands at night which is working well. In extreme cold my cuticles crack and bleed. Then I put vaseline on them at night with a pair of those disposable white gloves. Haven't found anything that works better (and doesn't sting). Face, using noxema to cleanse at night and then Clinique's moisture surge. Lips, I carried flavored lip balm around and use it all day long. Nothing much else to do there.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 10:03:12 AM
I just started using Aquaphor this winter for my painfully chapped lips and cuticles. Best thing I've tried thus far.



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Posted: 1/27/2013 11:46:06 AM
Lansinoh works well for cuticles too. It's baby section of Target and Walmart here's what it looks like.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 11:49:22 AM
Vasoline on lips and hands. I wouldn't put it on my face though.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 11:51:36 AM
I was also going to suggest aquaphor. My elderly father had very poor circulation and the dry skin on his lower legs became very leathery. Using this each day after bathing made them look normal again.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 11:55:40 AM
Every winter my hands get so dry they crack and bleed. The best thing I've used is vitamin E capsules, not the oil in the bottle but the capsules themselves. You just bust it open and put the oil where needed. It's really thick and it heals overnight. It's wonderful.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:11:32 PM
Aquaphor and nothing else.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:20:51 PM
2 of the best and cheap over the counter products that work very well are
Cetaphil moisturizing cream, and Eucerin. Both are great for sensitive skin too.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:50:23 PM
Anyone know if Hemp Hand Protector is scentless?


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Posted: 1/27/2013 1:55:08 PM
You might also consider a warm mist humidifier in his room at night. Bed bath & beyond sells some higher end ones that are microbial. I recently bought a sharper image version there that is quiet.
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Posted: 1/27/2013 2:40:41 PM
Another vote for Lansinoh. That stuff is like a miracle in a tube.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 3:16:38 PM
Organic virgin coconut oil. It's cheap, it has one ingredient (coconut oil) instead of a bunch of chemicals, and it works.

I've been using this for about a year. I have extremely dry skin. The last two weeks I've been washing my hands constantly (DH had the flu and I didn't want to catch it). My hands did get dryer, red and painful. I kept using the coconut oil and they felt much better within 1-2 days.

I use coconut oil on my hands, face and lips every day. I use it on my legs after shaving and on my feet after showering. I use it in my hair as a wonderful conditioning treatment twice a month. It's great for your body inside and out.

For your face it might feel "greasy" at first (you only need a little bit) but it soaks right into your skin and hasn't caused me any break-outs.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 8:03:05 PM
Cotton gloves and Vaseline at bedtime. Sleep with the gloves on.

I don't know how "healthy" it is, but it works for me.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 9:52:22 PM
Renew by Melalueca or organic coconut oil

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Posted: 1/27/2013 10:00:25 PM
Beauticontrol Regeneration Extreme Repair works wonders on my cold climate nurse hands!
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Posted: 1/28/2013 9:42:09 AM
Burt's Bees Hand Repair Cream with Shea butter. This stuff is amazing. I no longer have the scaly patches on my hands that catch on everything. I use vaseline or coconut oil on any dry patches on my face.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 10:02:06 AM
Another vote for coconut oil. I have extremely dry skin, and dry scalp and face, and I use coconut oil after every shower, and at night.

It works wonders, and heals quickly, and feels wonderful.


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