3 Quick Tips for Chapped and Cracked Hands

Dermatology Associates of Rochester

Many of us experience the painfully-dry skin during the winter months. You know that feeling, a stinging feeling when you apply soap or lotions? There are a variety of reasons why we experience dry skin during the winter months, and luckily, there are a variety of things you can do to treat dry skin! Cold temperatures, reduced moisture in the air, and windy days can make your skin suffer. Read on for quick tips to deal with dry skin in the winter.

Success in treating these painful and frustrating cracks requires a multi-step approach, including prevention and maintenance.

Lotion being applied to hand


Stay hydrated to prevent dry skin.

    Because of the decreased humidity in the air, it’s especially important to stay hydrated each day. Drinking plenty of water will not only help your hands, but it will keep skin from drying out all over your body, including your face!

2) Keep your surroundings hydrated. Using a humidifier is helpful beyond just curing a cold or cough. Consider using a small one in your home or office to keep your skin from losing moisture.

3) How to pick the best hand lotion. Fancy, perfumed lotions are not the way to go to achieve long-lasting results. Heavy barrier creams like Aquaphor, Cetaphil, or CeraVe are the best for locking moisture in. Make sure you’re re-applying frequently throughout the day to keep moisture in.

It’s important to recognize when dry skin becomes more than routine and requires evaluation by your dermatologist. If you experience worsening including redness, pain, or swelling, consult with our team.

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