How Do You Deal With Dry Cracked Skin On Trail

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How Do You Deal With Dry Cracked Skin On Trail

Post by Lumbergh21 » Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:15 am

I just got back from an 18 day trip in the Sierra, and all but my pinky fingers are much the worse for it. In the past, I had always assumed that the issues with dry cracked skin could be prevented by using moisturizer while hiking if only I could remember to bring some (like using lip balm on my lips). However, I did bring moisturizer and used it, but still ended up with cracked skin on my fingertips. Is there some secret? Is there a specefic type of moisturizer I should use? Suggestions appreciated greatly.








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Re: How Do You Deal With Dry Cracked Skin On Trail

Post by rlown » Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:22 am

I use Eucerin Sensitive skin everyday protection face lotion. It is also UVA + UVB SPF 30.
As I fish, my hands usually take the brunt, but it is great on the face and neck as well.
I put it on before i fish, then again during lunch, and at night. If it is really bad (sun) I put it on and then my glacier gloves.
I think I got that tip from AT.

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Re: How Do You Deal With Dry Cracked Skin On Trail

Post by mort » Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:53 pm

I don't know that anything saves your hands after 18 days! I always have a tube of A&D ointment in the side pocket of my pack. (In the bear can at night.) A very thin application after washing my hands or otherwise when my hands have been wet helps. I also use it for any lubrication my gear needs - zippers, squeaky points on the pack, stove bushings. It also will help heal chapped lips that have gone beyond Chapstick.
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Re: How Do You Deal With Dry Cracked Skin On Trail

Post by Troutdog 59 » Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:59 pm

I also suffer with chapped fingertips on longer trips. Not sure if its just my sensitive skin or what, but I always carry some kind of heavier hand cream or balm. In the past I used a Norwegian brand of a heavy hand cream, but I cant locate it any longer so I've switched to using a Bees wax hand balm. I always thought it was due to my liking to fish and my hands constantly going in and out of the water, but in truth I have no real idea why this happens.
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Re: How Do You Deal With Dry Cracked Skin On Trail

Post by mrphil » Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:07 pm

This would normally be so far off my radar, but it caught my attention and so I figured I would throw in. I used to set a lot of tile and finish a lot of concrete.

I'm assuming that the Norwegian hand lotion you're talking about is Nivea. If that's it, here's where you can find it in the Clovis area:

https://www.google.com/search?q=nivea+h ... e&ie=UTF-8

Neutrogena also makes a "Norwegian formula" hand lotion, and that should be pretty much available all over the place.

There's also O'keefes, which leaves your hands feeling slightly waxy, but works really well:

http://www.okeeffescompany.com/

And then there's also good old Shea Butter.

Finally, auto parts stores are a good place to find things that do the job too.

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Re: How Do You Deal With Dry Cracked Skin On Trail

Post by AlmostThere » Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:32 pm

Burts Bees makes these tiny tins of waxy ointment that's perfect for this. I take a heavy lotion like Eucerin, and a tube of petroleum jelly (vaseline). The jelly/ointment makes great fire starter, but also it's what docs tell you to apply to superficial skin breaks of any kind after cleaning/disinfecting them, it keeps bacteria at bay. It also seals up dry skin cracks. Put on a pair of nitrile/nonlatex gloves for further protection and to keep the lotion/ointment from rubbing off.
Another good option - Bag Balm - Lanolin, petroleum jelly, made for dairy workers or anyone else with really chapped hands.

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Re: How Do You Deal With Dry Cracked Skin On Trail

Post by Lumbergh21 » Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:27 pm

Thanks for the suggestions. I did have a tube of ointment that was similar to some that was recommended for moisturizing and protecting a new tattoo several years ago. It is petrolatum based and includes lanolin among other ingredients. It was way too greasy (didn't absorb into the skin well at all) and also didn't prevent the cracked finger tips. I've had Neutrogena before and might try that on my next long hike.

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Re: How Do You Deal With Dry Cracked Skin On Trail

Post by balzaccom » Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:46 am

My hands don't suffer so much...but my fingernails do. I can't remember the last time I went backpacking and didn't suffer from a cracked or broken fingernail. Normally not a problem, but I am classical guitarist in my spare time, and I usually lose about a week of practice time every time a break one on my right hand...sigh
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Re: How Do You Deal With Dry Cracked Skin On Trail

Post by freestone » Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:39 am

I returned from a trip last week and my finger tips are just now healing. Painful raw cracks on the tips of the fingers making it difficult to do anything involving finger dexterity and it only happens when I backpack at altitude so.... I'm thinking it has more to do with altitude and less about the use of moisturizers during a trip.
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Re: How Do You Deal With Dry Cracked Skin On Trail

Post by Gazelle » Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:32 am

nivea i the little can or jar, not the lotion the cream.
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