To some hand calluses represent hard work, determination and a deep feel of accomplishment. But for others, hand calluses are just an annoyance. They feel rough, can get ripped and bleed.
Here's how to take care of your hands so you can keep working out like a beast. Like a very soft, soft beast.
SKIP THE GLOVES
They might save your hands at first, but in the long run they sabotage your grip strength and your efforts to become more athletic. Gloves hinder your technique, especially with kettlebells. Well managed callouses help desentitize your hands, making it easier to grip rough surfaces. Hello pull ups!
USE LIQUID CHALK
It helps to reduce friction and enhances your grip so you can lift heavier or hang from a bar longer. It's liquid presentation is dustless, making it safer for people with respiratory sensitivities. Liquid chalk won't stain the floors or mess up your clothes.
NEVER PICK ON THE CALLUSES
It's very tempting, I know. But you must resist. Pulling them will make the problem even worse by making them thicker and tougher. Not to mention you can cause them to bleed and risk infection.
USE THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR THE JOB
Start by taking a nice hot shower to allow the skin to soften. In the shower, use a Pumice Sponge to gently shave of the surface. Don't over do it, a little goes a long way.
I personally like Mr. Pumice Pumi Bar. You can get it here: https://www.amazon.com/PUMICE-Ultimate-Pumi-Bar-Count/dp/B000NO58SW/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1490271849&sr=1-1&keywords=mr+pumice
If your callouses already ripped, cut the loose skin with a pair of cuticule scissors as close to the edge as possible. Then follow this routine before going to bed for at least two days:
1. Wash your hands with soap and water. Pat dry.
2. Apply a generous amount of Neosporin to the fresh wound.
3. Cover the wound with a small bandage or tape. This will allow the Neosporin to do its job overnight to keep the area moist and prevent infection. You can even use a glove to keep the ointment from spreading all over your sheets.
After cleaning and buffing the skin, you need to keep the area hydrated.
Corn Huskers Lotion is a popular moisturizer for lifters, but if you want enhanced results, use one that contains the chemical exfoliants urea or ammonium lactate. Try Cerave SA Renewing Skin Lotion. My personal favorite is O'Keeffe's Working Hands Hand Cream.
To extend the benefits, treat yourself once a month to a the Korean Hand Mask. They are easily found at any discount store like Marshall's.