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Grave Digger Offers Solution for Dry Skin & Cracked Finger Tips

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"I was a grave digger for 25 years in the Chicago area. I had to deal with hot summers, cold winters, and wet springs. I can't say what the weather did to my skin in the mixed company of this website forum, but I can say that Bag Balm took care of dried, chapped, and cracked skin.

"For the un-initiated, it's a product similar to Udderly Smooth Udder Cream. It's for use by dairy farms for chapped udders. I doubt if, on the worst weather days, my hands were exposed to what a cow's udders might be exposed to." Neil

We thank Neil for his story. We have been writing about "barnyard beauty aids" for decades. Joe grew up on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania and knows such products first hand, so to speak. That's why we are so delighted that the nice folks at Redex Industries, who make Udderly Smooth skin care products, sponsor our radio show, newsletter and website. 

We are especially pleased that they have formulated Udderly Smooth Extra Care 20 with 20% urea. To learn more about why urea is so special, take a moment to look at this video we created.

Other visitors to our site have offered the following observations about cracked and split fingertips:

"While I am not a physician, I am a hypothyroid patient, and I would highly recommend stridently requesting your doctor have you tested for thyroxine, free T3, and free T4. If your thyroid is not working adequately, a natural thyroid supplement, like Nature-Throid may help.

"Foaming liquid soaps can also be bad for splitting fingers around the nail. In addition, be sure that you dry your finger tips and nails VERY well at each hand washing. I am a guitarist, and I have painfully been through all this stuff.

"BTW: a friend had already recommended the Udderly Smooth cream, before I saw this information, so it must be good! Any good moisturizing lotion on the finger tips from time-to-time, will help; but the Udderly Smooth might be the way to go." T.T.


T.T. is right about the impact of a sluggish thyroid gland on skin. It can lead to hard-to-treat dry skin as well as cracked or split finger tips. Getting a good workup involves not only a TSH test but several other tests as well. Nature-Throid does require a doctor's prescription. 

For those of you who are fans of Udderly Smooth products, you may find our Deluxe Skin Care Package attractive. We have just received a new shipment of The People's Pharmacy Pomegranate Natural Lip Care that we are including in this offer. By putting all these products together we can save you over 30% on the individual prices. We are also including our Guide to Skin Care with tips on treating cracked and split fingertips, eczema, psoriasis, fungal infections and wrinkles.

Why not take advantage of our super sale to get:

  • Udderly Smooth Extra Care 20 Cream (8 oz tub)
  • Udderly Smooth Extra Care 20 Cream (handy 2 oz tube)
  • 3 People's Pharmacy Natural Pomegranate Lip balms for dry, chapped lips
  • MoM Deodorant (fragrance-free original formula)
  • MoM Deodorant (aluminum-free floral fragrance for women)
  • Guide to Skin Care & Treatment

Pamper yourself and save over $13 (more than 30%) off the individual prices of these skin care products by clicking on this link:

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My local Health Food store produce guy recommended glycerin from the drug store for keeping skin soft and protected. It works for me, but one of my friends is allergic to it. 30 years ago, our Lamaze coach recommended anhydrous lanolin. As a trumpet player, I found it allowed me to perform professionally even with it on my lips. It solved the problem of performing with chapped, dry lips and, if warmed slightly, works well on hands, feet, etc. Again, some folks maybe allergic. Chopsaver (TM) is a product developed by a fellow trumpeter, which works even better and is available in convenient tubes (like lipstick, etc.).

How fortunate we are to have access to all these 'tried and true barn yard beauty aids'.

Another very similar product that has been made and used for over 100 years, made by that very old company in Winona, Minnesota is called Petro-Carbo Salve. It has been sold in the red can as long as I can remember. Besides being very effective for minor cuts, burns, scrapes, and insect bites, it is also found to be very soothing for hemorrhoids!!

I always have a travel size tin in my overnight bag.

I have always had cracked finger tips in the winter, no matter how careful I am to keep my hands out of water, out of the cold air and use plenty of lotion. This year, I have increased my vitamin D intake. I was at the low end of the spectrum though within the range. I have not had one cracked finger. In the summer, I was taking 2000iu/day. I am a gardener and though I put sunscreen on in the morning, I don't always follow up during the day.

With 2000iu/ day as well as plenty of sunshine, my levels were in the 30's. Now, in the winter, I take 3500iu/day. I plan on having my Vitamin D levels checked again. As far as preventing cracked fingers, it is the only thing I can figure out that I have changed.

I've had problems with split and bleeding fingertips for over twenty years. I've tried every remedy you've mentioned in your articles during that time plus many I heard about other places. This past year I had surgery for breast cancer, followed by 33 radiation treatments.

One of the things they gave me to treat my scorched skin and incision was "Natural Care Gel." It is available online. The #1 ingredient is aloe vera gel. I began to notice that the cracks on my fingers were improving and started making a point to put the preparation on my hands twice a day. After about 2-3 months of such treatment, my fingers show no sign of the cracking, bleeding and soreness I suffered with for so long.

Hello,

I had crack in my right hand's last finger. I went to doctor before 2 years and he gave me bandage for 1 month. After 1 month, when I open that bandage I saw swelling there and after 4.5 years it is still same. Means my crack is not recovered so please let me know if there is any solution for this.

People's Pharmacy response: You need to know what is wrong (diagnosis) before anyone can recommend a solution.

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