Q. I am a nurse, and the constant hand washing and antibacterial hand gel give me cracks at the corners of my thumbnails. They are painful, and I am always afraid of picking up an infection through the broken skin.
To protect myself, I clean the area first and then use two or three thin coats of instant glue. If the area is rough I smooth it with a fine nail file. This closes the cracked skin, and I think it heals faster.
A. Cracked or split fingertips can be quite uncomfortable. They make it hard to button a blouse, type on a keyboard or play an instrument. The rough edges may snag on fabric.
Many other people report that instant glue can be helpful for cracked fingertips. Such products contain cyanoacrylate. They are not designed for use on skin, however, and might be irritating. That is why we suggest liquid bandage instead.
Other approaches to split fingertips include heavy-duty moisturizers, such as petroleum jelly (Vaseline) or similar products (Aquaphor) applied at night under cotton gloves to protect the sheets and keep the jelly in place. Preparations containing urea such as our favorite Udderly Smooth Extra Care 20 Cream may sting when applied to cracked fingers, but do seem to speed healing.
You will find lots of other remedies, from abstaining from diet soda to Neolia soap, on our website. You may also be interested in our Winter Skin Survival Kit, with two tubes of Udderly Smooth Extra Care 20 Cream and three (+ 1) tubes of Pomegranate All Natural Lip Care.