How to treat chafed hands


how to save chapped hands

In winter, our hands are exposed to cold temperatures and frosty air. Aside from these, our hands are also prone to over dryness due to frequent hand washing, washing the dishes and other household chores. Hands become dry; bruises and small eruptions on the hands appear as a result of these activities. Therefore, at the first sign of chafed hands, you need to deal with the matter as soon as possible. Cracks and skin lesions that are left unattended, can become inflamed and may lead to serious skin infections and terrible complications.

You´ll need

  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Hands cream
  • Rubber cleaning gloves – to prevent chafed hands
  • Aloe
  • Dried rose petals
  • Starch
  • Oatmeal
  • Vegetable oil


  • Everyone knows that prevention is much better than cure. So the best way to save your hands is to prevent them from getting worn. You should never remove your gloves for any reason while the temperature is cold; even when you are not outside, you still need to wear hand gloves to protect your chafed hands. If you need to clean or do the laundry, you need to wear rubber gloves instead.
  • Visit a salon or a spa, special procedures with paraffin will save your hands in just a matter of 2-3 hours.
  • Use aloe juice. If the affected areas of the skin are small, and skin damage is minimal, you can place aloe on your hands at night before going to sleep.
  • Using rose petals. Finely grind rose petals, then mix with a 1 tbsp of melted lard. It has to resemble the consistency of cream. You need to apply this on your chafed hands several times a day.
  • Using starch trays. For people with deep cracks on hands, starch solution will help get rid of these effectively. Hands should be placed in a tray full of starch about 5 minutes, then liberally lubricate with fat cream. Repeat the procedure 3 times a day.
  • Using gruel of oatmeal. You may use flour, oatmeal or cereal. Place the hands in gruel about 15-20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove oatmeal with a cloth then brush with olive oil. The effect will be noticeable after two days of treatment.
  • Using oil bath. Olive oil (or sunflower oil) heated to a temperature of 35 degrees is suitable to reduce chafed hands. Place oil on your hands about 7-10 minutes. Remaining oil must not be washed and instead left on the hands to dry.


  • Most of these techniques will work when used regularly. Always follow directions and use these treatments accordingly.

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  1. Trinity 05 July 2013 :

    The place I live in has longer winter and I am grateful to your for posting this. My hand dries rather quick and I have to suffer from them chaffing.

  2. Karol 07 July 2013 :

    I agree with you that it is better to prevent hand from chaffing than curing it as once it gets chaffed, it needs more care and attention. I once suffered from horrible chaffing.

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