Hand Care 101

Posted: July 29, 2010 by cflo9 in Education

Before You Rip

  1. After every workout wash your hands with soap and water, then rub hand lotion into the front and back of your hands.

  2. Prevent excess callous from building up by rubbing the affected areas with a pumice stone. To find the areas of excess callous, soak the hands in water for about ten minutes and you will be able to notice areas on the palm that retain a whitish color while the rest of the skin stays pink. Use the pumice stone only as necessary. Excessive use will cause the hands to be constantly sore during workouts.

  3. Rub hand lotion into your hands at night before going to sleep and, if necessary, when you get up in the morning. Always keep your hands moist.

When You First Rip

  1. Remove the excess skin carefully. A sterilized pair of nail clippers (to prevent infection) should work nicely, then wash with soap and water.Don’t put hand lotion on a fresh rip.  Cover the rip with some “over-the-counter” antibiotic ointment rather than Vaseline so the injured area has a chance to breathe. Some pharmacies carry products called “Second Skin” or “NuSkin” that comes in patch or liquid form and may be placed directly over the rip.

  2. Before going to sleep that night, put some antibiotic ointment on the rip and cover your hand with a sock or glove with the fingers cut out to keep the ointment off the sheets and out of your eyes. This treatment should continue until the rip is covered with new skin.

After You Have Ripped

  1. Once new skin has covered the rip, continue using hand lotion as described above. If the rip is allowed to dry up, the skin will crack and you will continue to rip in the same spot. Sometimes rubbing Chapstick over a drying rip can also prevent cracking.

  2. If you must workout again, after ripping do not cover the rip with the sticky side of the tape. Instead lay a small piece of tape sticky-side up over the rip so it comes in contact with the tape you are using to protect your hand.

Taping your Hands

Here’s a good video from Crossfit LA on how to tape your hands.


Taking care of calluses


More hand care articles that are on our resource page

Ive Got to hand it to you Pt1

Ive Got to hand it to you Pt2

Ive Got to hand it to you Pt3

Ive Got to hand it to you Pt4


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