splinterificGOLD Member
enthusiast
248 posts
Location: Ireland


Posted:
heya folks,

a question, im spinning a fair while now using both sock poi and fire poi and as of late iv changed to using rope poi for practice, but im starting to notice my hands/skin are fairly chaffed and im wondering if you fine people have any ideas on creams etc? i have the usual advise of "just grit and bare through it and you will grow calluses(like when learning guitar) but just wonderif you have any other ideas, the main areas are my index fingers, thumb side between my middle knuckle and the knuckle nearest the finger tip, this sounds silly but im curious smile

Splinter

Live_in_a_spinBRONZE Member
Dude where's my Poi?
383 posts
Location: neather here nor there, United Kingdom


Posted:
Maybe you could tape them up with non stretch adheasive medical tape.
ie. the stuff that climbers use.

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simtaBRONZE Member
compfuzzled
1,181 posts
Location: hastings, England (UK)


Posted:
https://www.dooyoo.co.uk/makeup/neutrogena-hand-cream/395768/

used by fisherman apparently

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Rouge DragonBRONZE Member
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13,215 posts
Location: without class distinction, Australia


Posted:
If you're in Australia then you can't go past Lucas' Paw Paw Ointment

i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...


FireTomStargazer
6,650 posts

Posted:
I have the same experience (I guess) and FOR ME it has also something to do with the amount of fluid I take in (not enough to keep my skin protected).

Other than that I am considering to tape my fingers before spinning, as I frequently get blisters and the skin flakes off.

In Germany we got some remedy, which literally translated would mean: "Deer tallow". You use it to prevent the skin from cracking (in the desert), for crack propagation or as care for leather...

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ElectricBlueGOLD Member
Now with extra strawberries
810 posts
Location: Canberra, Australia


Posted:
Paw paw cream is good too, it will fix everything.

One note though, don't let any callouse get to tough this can just cause them to tear.

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splinterificGOLD Member
enthusiast
248 posts
Location: Ireland


Posted:
i have neutregena hand cream actually as iv been using it for a few weeks.... wonder is that the problem frown

Rouge DragonBRONZE Member
Insert Champagne Here
13,215 posts
Location: without class distinction, Australia


Posted:
it could be keeping your hands soft which mean they're not hardening up.

I'm more thinking in relation to rowing than spinning, but hardening your hands is the best thing to do. Temporary relief with ointments is fine, but don't overuse the ointments til your hands stay soft.

i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...


GnorBRONZE Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
5,814 posts
Location: Perth, Australia


Posted:
Rubs Rouges hands with Paw paw

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Is it Fair to all concerned?
Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?

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ubersmackSILVER Member
journeyman
73 posts
Location: Wisconsin, USA


Posted:
I always use non stick medical tape, some good black stuff that I found, leaves no marks and your fingers will thank you after spinning for an hour.

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polaritySILVER Member
veteran
1,228 posts
Location: on the wrong planet, United Kingdom


Posted:
Talc.

You aren't thinking or really existing unless you're willing to risk even your own sanity in the judgment of your existence.

Green peppers, lime pickle and whole-grain mustard = best sandwich filling.


pricklyleafSILVER Member
with added berries
1,365 posts
Location: Manchester, England (UK)


Posted:
talc or chalk are fantastic suggestions. Polarity beat me to it! :P

I've always prefered e45 cream to neutragena, but would definately recommend not overusing it. If you soften the skin on your hands too much, it seems to make them more likely to blister, and even for the blisters to tear. I'd only recommend using it when your hands are particularly dry and in danger of cracking. Try not to use handcream for about 12 hours before spinning also.

Alternatively, change your poi?! wink

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newgabeSILVER Member
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4,030 posts
Location: Bali, Australia


Posted:
Guitarists use methylated spirits on their fingers to harden up the callouses more quickly.
Good question though.. I have usually taken some level of hand ouch for granted and just stopped before the rubbing turns to blister... and avoid heavy fire poi.

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polaritySILVER Member
veteran
1,228 posts
Location: on the wrong planet, United Kingdom


Posted:
Probably not a good idea, as meths can be absorbed through the skin, and methanol is rather toxic.

That said, Keith Richards looks like he bathes in the stuff biggrin

E45 is ~25% paraffin, with Lanolin (wool oil) and preservatives. linky

I'm sure we can all find paraffin, now we just need to pet some sheep too.

You aren't thinking or really existing unless you're willing to risk even your own sanity in the judgment of your existence.

Green peppers, lime pickle and whole-grain mustard = best sandwich filling.


firestartedGOLD Member
member
28 posts
Location: Ireland


Posted:
Splinter! Dude, just go to Lush down by the Molly Malone and buy "Ultra Bland"

It's a tenner for a small tub or a score for a big one. I swear by it. Don't put it on a burn if it's fresh but otherwise it really reduces healing time and softens your skin nicely.

Neil uses thicker ropes which are less prone to cutting. Text him about it. For ages I was just going into Lush the day after a show coz the stuff costs so much, they always have ultra bland on a tester stand {^_^} Student life FTW!

It contains: peanut oil, rose water, beeswax, honey, fresh iris extract, glycerine, rose absolute, tincture of benzoin and some unpronouncable chemicals.

But it's sexy.

TinklePantsGOLD Member
Clique Infiltrator, Cunning Linguist and Master Debator
4,219 posts
Location: Edinburgh burgh burrrrrr, United Kingdom


Posted:
wear gloves? lol

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squarefishSILVER Member
(...trusty steed of the rodeo midget...)
403 posts
Location: the state of flux, Ireland


Posted:
I'd say use a nice moisturiser before doing a show, wash your hands thouroughly afetrwards using swarfega or something similar, then apply more moisturiser.

Toughening of the hands will still take place but without build up of callouses, you just won't blister as much.

Saying that though, it has in the past reached the stage where I have had to use sandpaper to remove leathery skin buildups from the thumbside edge of my index fingers, as well as across my knuckles.

(combination of lots of steel working, firespinning and working in the garden )

The sandpaper worked though! ubblol

splinterificGOLD Member
enthusiast
248 posts
Location: Ireland


Posted:
heh, stopped using the hand mosturiser now... things are healing up... looks like trying to do my hands good was making it worse - go figure biggrin

squarefishSILVER Member
(...trusty steed of the rodeo midget...)
403 posts
Location: the state of flux, Ireland


Posted:
Stock up on sandpaper.... wink tongue

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