Does anyone have a good remedy for dry cracked fingertips? I am bothered with this every winter. Our home humidifier is set at the right spot, so I don't know what to do. I have the cracked skin on every fingertip and thumb except my ring finger and baby finger. They hurt like heck! I have greased my hands with vaseline and then put lightweight gloves or socks on my hands overnight. Sometimes that helps, but it always comes back. I hate to walk around every day with a bandage on each finger and thumb, that's a real fashion statement.
I often get cracks on my fingers too. Vaseline with gloves sometimes helps, but only temporarily. Although not a cure, I resort to using Crazy Glue on the cracks. Stops them from hurting when I move my fingers and allows them to close up. I mentioned this to my dermatologist and she said she does the same thing - she also said hospitals use crazy glue instead of stitches (although with a fancier name and higher price tag). I usually buy the small (4 to a pack) tubes as it dries out quickly. I have tried other "skinless bandages" but find that they sting and don't work as well. Good Luck.
For the cracks themselves, which are in themselves cuts, I use neosporin (or something like it) to heal the cuts caused by cracked skin. Once healed, the best course of action is the application of medicated lotion a couple of times per day to ensure that your hands remain moisturized. I've also found that lotions with aloe and E work the best with helping your skin to retain moisture.
Man I sound like a sales associate, but that's what usually works for me!
This may sound crazy to some but I had dry,cracked fingertips that sometimes bled until I got acrylic fingernails. The protect the end of my fingers and I never get those cracks anymore. I take the nails off every 6 months or so to give my nails a rest but the cracks start forming almost right away, particularly if the weather is cold. I love my acrylic nails.
I use real butter with my meals almost daily. Whenever I get some on my hands I rub it in. Same thing with bacon grease or any animal fat. Rub it in. This and letting my dog lick my hands are the only things I've done different, and my fingertips haven't cracked for two seasons. I used to take Omega oil supplements. That did not prevent the occurence for me. Made me wonder why in the world plant oils would be a replacement for the animal (skin) oil we lose that results in dry skin. Too bad they don't have lotion made from human skin oil!
Prior to discovering this I tried all kinds of lotions, super glue, bandaids, and had pretty good luck getting them to heal and nipping them in the bud by cutting away the dried/dead edges with a nail clipper. Do this when the first sign of cracking appears, but careful, not too deep! Applying enough bandaid sheer strips with the gauze removed kept the area moist, so they wouldn't crack further, and helps hold the crack shut.
I am so thankful to be rid of this suffering! Hope I can help someone else!