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Old 12-01-2013, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Northville, MI
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LOL Adi......It's just mineral oil with a bit of fragrance. ......just shows you DO have a softer side, huh? I'm so glad to hear you've found some relief for your hands. Hey, you use what you have to. It doesn't matter what it is, as long as it works for you! If you're not comfortable telling anyone you used baby oil, then tell them you used some mineral oil.

You know, we all need to get more familiar with "ingredients" rather than brand names. Knowing which ingredients we're really looking for, can save us all a fortune. Many times, in the "Ethnic" section of stores (especially OUR Walmart), you'll find salves and lotions that we've never heard of. I hit that aisle everytime I'm in there. Many of the "scalp and hair" conditioners, are nothing more than cocktails of essential oils and extracts! Because they're not "big brand names", they are not expensive...at all! One of my best and most recent finds?...Africa's Best-Ultimate Herbal Oil. If you went to a health food/supplement store, you'd probably pay $15-$20 bucks for 4 oz. of the stuff in that bottle. At Walmart, I paid less than $3 for 8 oz!

The whole family is using it now. it absorbs quickly and completely and is chock full of healing herbs and extracts. Good stuff! Oh....and it smells like baby oil. LOL
Agreed. It always seems like natural or mineral oils are the usually ones that usually provide quick and proper relief for most of my skin and hair problems . As part of Indian culture, I regularly apply coconut oil on my hair prior to showering and it has always ensured that my hair remains healthy. Even though it might invoke a sense of resentment among people owing to its characteristic scent, it still is what works for my hair and I am not ashamed to use it.
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Old 12-01-2013, 08:50 AM
 
Location: NW Philly Burbs
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As part of Indian culture, I regularly apply coconut oil on my hair prior to showering and it has always ensured that my hair remains healthy. Even though it might invoke a sense of resentment among people owing to its characteristic scent, it still is what works for my hair and I am not ashamed to use it.
Resentment at coconut scent? I'm perplexed.

I LOVE the smell of coconuts, and have sought out certain hair products just so I could smell it on my hair!
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Not where I want to be
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I have an urgent issue to deal with right now. For the past several hours my knuckles are turning incredibly dry, burning, and then bleeding. I used dry skin lotion to prevent it. However, lotion has no effect and this problem just keeps recurring. The burning and bleeding combined feels very painful . Is it best for me to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist ASAP or should I try out a simple remedy at home. I want this dry skin burning and bleeding on my knuckles to stop because it makes doing things with my hands almost impossible. Please advice me on what to do.

Aquaphor. That is the ONLY thing that helped me. Everything else was just a temporary fix.
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Aquaphor. That is the ONLY thing that helped me. Everything else was just a temporary fix.
LOL......Amisi....Pretty much everything topical is just a temporary fix. If you don't keep using it, it doesn't work.
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:54 AM
 
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Adi, Bag Balm is excellent for immediate relief. At bedtime, apply Bag Balm liberally and slip a clean pair of white socks on your hands. Healing begins while you're sleeping.

Over the long haul, you can order Surgeon's Skin Secret from jamarklabs.com During chemo, my hands became very sore and cracked and my dtr-in-law ordered this for me. (She's a P.T. and washes her hands frequently, and this is helpful to her) It's only a bit pricey but it lasts a really long time because a little dab'll do ya. I have an 8 oz. tube of their Beeswax Moisturizing Cream and this is its second winter.
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Old 12-01-2013, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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You need to start wearing gloves in the shower and while doing dishes and such.

Make a salve with Vaseline and an antibiotic cream. Slather this on your hands until they heal.
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Old 12-01-2013, 08:34 PM
 
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My uncle swore by Cornhuskers. It's pure glycerin.
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:38 PM
 
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You need to start wearing gloves in the shower and while doing dishes and such.

Make a salve with Vaseline and an antibiotic cream. Slather this on your hands until they heal.
People wear gloves in the shower? I've never heard of that. I'll agree with you on doing dishes, but in the shower?
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Northville, MI
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Dry skin, bleeding, and burning have completely been eradicated now thanks to Neosporin and J&J Baby oil. Thank you friends for your wholehearted support in assisting me through this situation.

Though, it is odd to hear somebody asking me to wear gloves in the shower. I have never heard of that before. Can you explain why it would be beneficial.
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:21 AM
 
Location: all over the place (figuratively)
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Gloves would keep the moisture in. If the problem recurs, try Theraplex Emollient. It's very strong and saved me years ago when I had my own bleeding and cracking. I see its Amazon reviews are excellent.
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