Having cracked skin on the fingertips can be extremely painful and uncomfortable. It may even make it difficult to do everyday activities such as typing, getting dressed, or writing. Fortunately, there are ways to manage symptoms and help your fingertips heal. Read on to discover some natural remedies for cracked skin on fingertips.
Please keep in mind that although these tips and information have worked for several sufferers, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe symptoms or have a topical infection, it is always best to seek medical advice immediately.
Why Do I Have Cracked Fingertips?
There are a few reasons why you may be experiencing cracked fingertips. One of the main reasons is dry skin. This can happen particularly in the winter months when the weather is colder and drier. Other potential reasons include contact with harsh chemicals found in soaps and other cleaning products.
Frequently washing your hands can also dry out the skin, particularly if you use hot water. Finally, skin conditions like eczema may lead to cracked fingertips. Symptoms may be triggered by contact with an allergen or the food you eat. Also, since dryness is a prime symptom of eczema, this can lead to cracked fingertips too.
Symptoms of Cracked Fingertips
If you’re dealing with cracked fingertips, you may notice the following signs and symptoms:
- Brittle or broken fingernails
- Cracks in the skin
How to Treat Cracked Skin on Fingertips Naturally
There are a few simple ways to manage symptoms of cracked fingertips and help soothe them naturally.
Use a Moisturizing Cream
We recommend using a natural cream to keep dryness and itchiness at bay. This 100% natural Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream is a great choice because it’s ultra-hydrating. With a soft, buttery texture, it has a non-burning and non-stinging formula which does wonders for irritated and cracked skin.
Wash with a Natural Soap
This Coconut and Sunflower Oil Soap Bar makes a perfect full body soap or hand soap throughout the day. It’s made with 3 gentle ingredients and cleanses the skin without causing further irritation or dryness. A nourishing lather, it’s perfect for babies and adults with even the most fragile skin.
Wearing Soft Gloves
Wearing soothing gloves can provide a gentle layer of protection for your hands and fingertips. Gloves protect your skin during the night when you may be scratching in your sleep and they protect the skin from coming into contact with irritants. We recommend cotton gloves for adults and kids, or these super soft TENCEL and zinc oxide gloves for adults and kids. All of these fabrics are an excellent choice for sensitive skin because they are soft, soothing, and gentle.
Try Wet Wrap Therapy
Wet wrap therapy is an easy at-home technique that yields big results. It helps give your skin an extra boost of moisture so that it feels less itchy and irritated. Start by soaking the skin in lukewarm water. Then seal the skin with a natural moisturizer like the one mentioned above. Cover with a damp layer of clothing like the gloves we mentioned earlier and then add a dry layer over top. Leave the layer on overnight or for a minimum of 2 hours. Don’t forget to reapply a layer of moisturizer when you remove the wet wraps.
Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for The Eczema Company. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes.