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Hand dermo

Discussion in 'HELP! Allergic reaction, itchy/dry skin.' started by kavakarma, May 12, 2019.

  1. kavakarma

    kavakarma Member

    Hello! Avid drinker of Kava. I consider it sacred. In this year so far I taught myself how to make traditional prep and I have refreshed my ideas on kava, as well as myself, and some other things like conservation.

    My hands are cracking and bleeding at every part where I bend my hand.

    Everyone suggested petroleum based vaseline at first, and I found the best technique is to keep my hands out of the dishwater at work as much as I can and use coconut oil on my hands before brewing a cup of kava. Will this get worse if I still have a cup of kava to relax my mind and muscles at the end of the night? Gotta run, thank you!

    Edit: I don't use bleach unless I have gloves on, and the dishsoap does contain 'sodium laureth sulfate' but I think it's a combination of consistent wetness, bending joints, soap/chem[SLS] and kava contributes a little bit, but not 100%, I never got this from just kava, and I am making sure to only buy Noble strains.
    Last edited: May 12, 2019
  2. ThePiper

    ThePiper Kava Enthusiast

    I get the exact same issue, especially in dry weather. Hand soap can be worse than some dish soaps. I apply O'keefes "working hands" cream before bed (But the foot cream is even more effective if you need the extra punch) That or another medicinal grade cream should work after a few days if you can avoid exposure to certain things. The antibcterial foam soap at my work destroys my hands. I brought my own Dr. Bronner's natural soap to work.
  3. kavakarma

    kavakarma Member

    Dr. Bronner's works for me, I'll get some and bring it to work. Thank you!
  4. kastom_lif

    kastom_lif Kava Enthusiast

    SLS really irritates my skin too. For skin lotion, I prefer Bag Balm.
  5. kavakarma

    kavakarma Member

    I'm allowed to use Bag Balm? The little green tin? I have that, thanks to my Dad, it seemed to help but someone told me to avoid petroleum so I stopped...Hands are worrysome today, thanks for the tip!
  6. Zaphod

    Zaphod Kava Enthusiast

    Hand dermo sucks the nether regions. Especially on knuckles that constantly split. Best advice is a good lotion and avoiding anything else that dries out your hands like harsh soap, anti-bacterial lotion etc..
  7. kastom_lif

    kastom_lif Kava Enthusiast

    Yes Bag Balm has petroleum jelly in it, same stuff as Vasoline. The other ingredients are lanolin (the stuff that makes sheeps' wool oily) a mild antiseptic, and a weird smell.

    But please don't use Bag Balm if you've got a reason to be avoiding petroleum jelly. Maybe try coconut oil instead.
  8. kavakarma

    kavakarma Member

    I used gloves at work today and it gave me my confidence back because of how much it helped. I will always use gloves for washing dishes now, at home too. Thank you everyone! I'm unsure if my drinking a cup of Kava each day is part of why my hands dried out, so I will update in time if I can find a conclusion on that.
  9. MsArk

    MsArk New Member

    I’ve recently noticed cracking and dryness in my hands also. Using CeraVe SA lotion, found at any Walgreens, has helped me tremendously.
  10. Intrepidus_dux

    Intrepidus_dux Kava Enthusiast

    Use gloves when kneading your kava. That has helped my hands a lot.