10 Top Home Remedies For Skin Cracks
Skin cracks, also known as skin fissures, are exactly what they sounds like: they are little cracks in your skin, most often found on the hands, fingers, and other places of the body that often bend. This is mostly caused by having dry skin.
Cold weather and certain skin problems can also cause this. The most common symptoms of skin cracks are dryness, itching and inflammation. This article will teach you how to treat skin cracks symptoms quickly and inexpensively with easy home remedies.
#1. Wear Mittens
Winter is the most common time for skin to become dry and cracked. This is because the air is so cold and there is not much moisture in this. If your hands start to become dry and red in the late fall, then it is likely that they will be cracked by the winter. Wear mittens or gloves as a home remedy in order to keep out as much of the cold air as possible.
Because dry skin causes your skin to form cracks, it is best to use moisturizer on a daily basis. Use moisturizer that is specifically for your hands, since this is where most cracks form. Body moisturizers will also not work as well on your hands. Use moisturizer at least twice a day to get the best results.
#3. Almond Oil
Soaking your hands in water is a great way to get some moisture back into your skin; however, using plain water will actually dry out your hands more. You can add essential oils to make your hands softer and more moisturized though. Almond oil is just one of the many natural remedies that can do this. Fill up a bowl with warm water and add in a few drops of almond oil. Soak your hands for about ten minutes every couple of days to see results.
#4. Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter is a kind of natural home remedy that you can use to heal the cracks in your hands or anywhere else. In fact, cocoa butter works so well to rehydrate dry skin that it is a common ingredient in many moisturizers. Massage the cocoa butter into your hands or wherever else you have cracks and dry skin. Do this at least once a day to get the best results possible.
#5. Aloe Vera
Using aloe vera gel can cure many of the symptoms of having cracks in your hands. Aloe vera can effectively add moisture to your skin, reduce itching that the cracks may cause, and reduce the inflammation that comes from scratching your itch. Aloe vera can be bought in bottles, gotten directly from the aloe vera plant, or you can buy moisturizer with aloe vera already in it. Use the gel or moisturizer on your cracks at least once a day to get the best results.
Eating ginger, or applying ginger to your skin, is a great way to reduce inflammation and redness. When the winter comes around try to add more ginger in your meals. It tastes good when added to meats and salads. You can also drink ginger tea. Speaking of ginger tea, you can soak your hands in ginger tea (for ten minutes like the almond oil), or lay ginger tea bags on your skin to reduce inflammation.
#7. Baking Soda
Using baking soda is also a great way to reduce itching and inflammation. Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a tablespoon of water. Mix these two ingredients until they form a paste. Rub this paste on your hands and let it sit for ten minutes or until it dries. Rinse this off with cool water and then apply moisturizer.
#8. Cleaning a Crack
If your cuts hurt or if they bleed, then you need to clean them. There are a couple of ways you can do this. The easiest way to clean your hands is to simply use warm water and antibacterial soap. Use this kind of soap every time you wash your hands. If your hands seem to be infected, rinse your hands with a small amount of rubbing alcohol. This should kill most bacteria. While you can use a hand sanitizer to clean your skin, it will also do a good job of drying out your skin, so be wary of using this.
If your cracks start to bleed, clean them out, and then wrap up your hands or whatever part of you is bleeding with a large wrapping bandage. This will help to keep the infection away while you make your way to the hospital.
#10. Untreated or Deep Cracks
If your cracks have been left untreated for a while and if they are extremely painful, then you should see a doctor; the same goes for if your cracks are deep or infected. Deep or infected cracks can lead to other, more serious, health problems, and you should make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as you can.
Hopefully these natural home remedies can help you out with your skin cracks.