Q. I am a preschool teacher so I can’t grease up my hands. My lessons are individualized and I am handling materials for them all day.
I am suffering! Cracks near my fingernails appear out of nowhere. I wash my hands up to 25 times a day and wear bandages at night.
I live at 9400 feet and the lack of humidity at this altitude is extreme. Do you have any recommendations for dealing with these painful cracks?
A. Greasy moisturizers work well for dry skin and cracks, but they make it hard to handle paper or computer keyboards. Many readers of this column have suggested tips for healing cracks. They include liquid bandage, lip balm, vitamin D and flax seed oil. We are sending you our Guide to Skin Care and Treatment with many other suggestions for dry skin and cracked fingertips.