Fight Blisters and Calluses with These Tips - Part 2
Keeping your hands healthy when you ask a lot of them is a challenge. Sure, hands do a lot for people on a daily basis, but some of us like rock climbing, rowing, weightlifting, CrossFit, and simply working hard with our hands. All of these activities can be really hard on our skin, especially our palms. Over time, our blisters turn into calluses, which you’d think is great. However, when calluses build up enough, they start to tear free of your skin, creating open wounds. Suddenly, you find yourself unable to do the challenging activities you love so much.
The key is prevention. At W.O.D. Welder, we got tired of improvising solutions and realized that there’s a desperate need for natural, high-quality hand care in our hard-working world. In our last blog, we provided some tips on keeping your hands healthy and how we can help. Today, we have a few more tips for you!
Manage your calluses
Whether you love to rock climb, row, lift barbells, or work hard in the yard, you’ll deal with calluses. A callus isn’t a bad thing until multiple calluses build up and start to peel. That’s when you get rips and tears that just won’t quit. The best way to solve the problem is to remove them. After a shower when your skin is clean and softened, you can use a pumice stone or callus shaver from W.O.D. Welder to carefully remove the excess skin. You will be glad that you don’t have calluses pulling on your skin the next day.
Handle blisters correctly
Ah, blisters. Do you pop them or leave them alone? It depends. Before you decide, look at the area where the blister is located. You should also assess your current activity and the resources at your disposal. If the affected area can rest for a few days, you don’t need to pop the blister. You also don’t need to pop the blister if you’re in the middle of a workout. Instead, switch your movement or try to cover up the irritated area with athletic tape or bandages.
So when should you pop a blister proactively? If you’re about to work out and you know the blister is going to tear, you’re probably best off popping the blister and covering it. Make sure you disinfect the area and the instrument you use to puncture the skin.
Heal up right
Chances are good that you’ll get a tear at some point. Keep in mind that this is an open wound and should be treated as such. Always keep it clean and covered, using an ointment that will kill off bacteria. When you’re heading into a workout, it’s important to cover up that wound. Do not put adhesive directly on it. Otherwise, you risk making it worse when removing the bandage. Put a band-aid or some other non-stick medium that can hold ointment on first. Secure it with adhesive tape to prevent chafing.
At W.O.D. Welder, we work hard to provide the very best hand repair cream, hand salve, soap, and beyond for people who like to push the limits. Shop today!