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Moisturise?
inemkcufbetween
5/08/2010
9:04:46 PM
I'm new to climbing and been bouldering indoors. After a few climbs the skin on my fingers and palms have ripped off and new skin is forming. I'm just wondering whether it is best to moisturise regularly or leave it be and let it form as calluses?
egosan
6/08/2010
1:06:50 AM
A little concrete powder and you'll be right, matie.

Some people do moisturize. I have never seen the point. If I climb on plastic a lot, I find I need to trim my callouses occasionally. Typically with my pocket knife, in front of nice people.

pmonks
6/08/2010
1:33:07 AM
I thought I read somewhere (Dave MacLeod's blog?) that moisturisers were to be avoided, but that vitamin E oil speeds recovery.
Mr Stu
6/08/2010
8:26:09 AM
Get some sandpaper and sand the callouses off. Otherwise these can catch and then you end up ripping a big flapper. Also, carefully sand off the dead skin as this will promote new skin to grow.

ajfclark
6/08/2010
11:03:43 AM
My better half won't let me touch her with bits of dead skin hanging off all over the place. I use nail scissors to trim off loose dry skin, emery or sand paper on calluses and then use climb on bar (vit e and some other bits and pieces) on occasion which seems to help without making my skin super soft.

nmonteith
6/08/2010
11:26:47 AM
Everyone's hands are different. Some have naturally 'moist' hands and some have dry hands. The whole concept of sanding or cutting off dry skin is something I have never experienced - mine just erode with the same (wet) consistency until they start to bleed eventually.

markq
6/08/2010
11:53:31 AM
Knock off your girlfriends nail file mate, works great. Just do it in the shed, if she catches you your fu$%ed.
patto
6/08/2010
12:53:25 PM
Ideally if you are healthy you body should keep your skin naturally moist. But not everybody is that lucky.

On 6/08/2010 nmonteith wrote:
>Everyone's hands are different. Some have naturally 'moist' hands and some
>have dry hands.

Best comment here.

>The whole concept of sanding or cutting off dry skin is
>something I have never experienced - mine just erode with the same (wet)
>consistency until they start to bleed eventually.

Same here. I found that 3 days of climbing on granite would turn my hands pink from wearing away all those layers of skin. Throw in a rest day and I would be all good. I know a girl who chose not to rest after 4 days of climbing and she ended up with raw and weeping finger pads. NOT GOOD!

I've also found that after a two weeks of constant climbing then when I go back to not climbing my skin starts to peel after a few days because my body is producing too much of it!

ajfclark
6/08/2010
1:07:36 PM
>On 6/08/2010 nmonteith wrote:
>Everyone's hands are different. Some have naturally 'moist' hands and some have dry hands.

Even the same person's hands can be different from day to day. For example, around this time last year, my hands looked like this most of the time:



I think this was a reaction to the hand soap at the office I was working at: they itched when they were wet (which given how much I sweat was most of the time). It settled down again a few weeks after I moved to another office, but for a while I had a trimming routine going most mornings.

Sarah Gara
6/08/2010
1:31:43 PM
Looks like a reaction to me Ajfclark.

In terms of moisturiser it's about striking a balance between being too moist and too dry - dry/hard skin not good as it doesn't allow the skin to preform well in acting like a barrier against infection among other things. As you get older your skin needs to be moisturised more as it loses it supplity and can tear and rip more easily - if you see old people (all of you over 50!!!) they often get skin tears and damage esp from gardening. .

However as climbers you need that extra bit of callous to protect your hands against the rock and plastic -so I'd say that you need the callous - filing them if they are too rough is a good idea and every so often a wee bit of moisturiser would prob help - vit E cream and almond oil are supposed to be good for repairing skin -but I find generally any will do.

Now what bothers me more is the problem of dry cuitles made worse by chalk x

widewetandslippery
6/08/2010
2:07:44 PM
I met a bloke at Heuco who had terrible skin. He'd coat his hads in vaseline and put gloves on for an hour or so each night. I can think of better uses of time with hands covered in vaso

pmonks
6/08/2010
2:17:02 PM
On 6/08/2010 widewetandslippery wrote:
>I met a bloke at Heuco who had terrible skin. He'd coat his hads in vaseline
>and put gloves on for an hour or so each night. I can think of better uses
>of time with hands covered in vaso

Are you talking in the third person again, wws?
dalai
6/08/2010
2:22:46 PM


Pity it isn't sold in Australia...

IdratherbeclimbingM9
6/08/2010
2:28:14 PM
On 6/08/2010 pmonks wrote:
>On 6/08/2010 widewetandslippery wrote:
>>I met a bloke at Heuco who had terrible skin. He'd coat his hads in vaseline
>>and put gloves on for an hour or so each night. I can think of better
>uses
>>of time with hands covered in vaso
>
>Are you talking in the third person again, wws?

On this Sex or no sex?* thread, it would indicate ww&s might know of a different use for a sock instead of vaso.





(*simey seems to have a lot of these threads happening?)
widewetandslippery
6/08/2010
2:47:24 PM
On 6/08/2010 pmonks wrote:
>On 6/08/2010 widewetandslippery wrote:
>>I met a bloke at Heuco who had terrible skin. He'd coat his hads in vaseline
>>and put gloves on for an hour or so each night. I can think of better
>uses
>>of time with hands covered in vaso
>
>Are you talking in the third person again, wws?

No third person, it was kinda creepy sleeping in a hut with a bloke nearly twice your age vasoed up like that though. Not to mention also a mate (that has connotations that do not exist) admitted to quietly knocking the top off it at night in same hut, same time. I had a disturbing youth.
dalai
6/08/2010
3:00:47 PM
What happened in Pete's quonset hut should stay in Pete's quonset hut...

IdratherbeclimbingM9
6/08/2010
3:00:52 PM
On 6/08/2010 widewetandslippery wrote:
>No third person, it was kinda creepy sleeping in a hut with a bloke nearly
>twice your age vasoed up like that though. Not to mention also a mate (that
>has connotations that do not exist) admitted to quietly knocking the top
>off it at night in same hut, same time. I had a disturbing youth.

~> and now you get revenge by disturbing others with images from it?
;-)
Olbert
6/08/2010
7:58:05 PM
I identify with ajfclark strongly. My hands look like that a lot, although they seem to range from cracked and dried through to soft, moist and peeling. I have tried various sorts of moisterises, climb on bar, dove moisturizing soap, dermatitis creams and naked ceremonial dancing - nothing seems to be the magic fix.

That is until now! I am halfway through a tube of uraderm. Yes it is what you think, it's got urea in it but my god it works good. It seems the old adage is true. Peeing on your hands works!
egosan
6/08/2010
8:08:26 PM
On 6/08/2010 Olbert wrote:

>That is until now! I am halfway through a tube of uraderm. Yes it is what
>you think, it's got urea in it but my god it works good. It seems the old
> adage is true. Peeing on your hands works!

So you swallow the fly, then swallow the spider. What do use to remove the smell?

salty crag
6/08/2010
11:06:01 PM
Pumice stone is brilliant! heaps of it on the beachs down here, way better than a file.

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