15 Home Remedies for Cracked Hands

Women's cracked hands

Regardless of whether you are a man or a woman, you surely understand the pain and discomfort associated with dry cracked hands. Besides being unattractive, the condition also produces inflammation and can lead to open sores and infection. Before things get out of hand, make use of one or more of the 15 home remedies for cracked hands on our list.

Though these are great remedies for restoring your hands to better health, they are not all-inclusive cures and severe conditions will need the advice and treatment of a healthcare professional.

1. Exfoliate

It’s not out of the ordinary to exfoliate our faces, but we often forget to give the same care to our hands. Exfoliating is one of the first considerations for a cracked hands home remedy. By removing dry, unhealthy skin tissue, it allows new skin tissue to grow in its place and exfoliating accomplishes that.

What to do:

  • After bathing, place 1 to 2 Tbsp of sugar in the palm of your hand and add a dab of olive oil to it.
  • Rub the palms and backs of your hands for several minutes to loosen up the dead skin.
  • Moisturize after rinsing and repeat this 2 to 4 times per week.

One of the best things about exfoliating is that your skin will feel softer and fresher after continued use. In order to get the most out of exfoliating, you want to be sure that you are doing it several times a week. 

Some people prefer to keep a jar of exfoliating sugar scrub next to the sink. That way, when they wash their hands, the scrub is right there for them to exofoliate. 

Another great time to exfoliate is in the tub when you are taking a warm, soothing bath. When you are taking a bath, you have all the time to exfoliate your hands. You can even use that time to focus on other parts of your body that need that attention.

2. Avoid Fancy Soaps

The problem with fancy soaps is that they are often packed with preservatives, sulfates, synthetic fragrances and dies that tend to dry out your skin and are a leading cause of cracked hands. Foaming and antibacterial soaps also tend to strip your skin of natural fats and oils, which exacerbates the problem.

What to do:

  • Use natural cleansers which moisturize and be sure to rinse well.
  • Experiment with additional moisturizing ingredients to make your own blend.

If you prefer using soap, then there are plenty of soaps that were designed to restore moisture back into your skin. The Dove brand is well known for making soap that rehydrates cracked and broken skin. 

3. Wear Gloves

One of the best ways to prevent the drying and damage of cracked hands is to wear gloves. Besides sun, wind, water and other damage from hard work, many chemicals and dish soaps you use to clean with are also murder on your skin. Wearing gloves can halt damage and you can even utilize them in the restoration process as well.

What to do:

  • Wear a pair of cotton or leather gloves for outdoor work and working with rough materials.
  • Wear rubber gloves when cleaning though avoid vinyl ones.
  • For treatment after the fact, you can apply one of our moisturizing treatments below before going to bed and wear gloves, socks or even plastic bags on your hands while you sleep.

When you are shopping for a great pair of gloves to protect your hands, you want to make sure to opt for something that will allow your hands to breathe. If you don’t, you will be left with hands that are damp due to the collected moisture. This can be as equally uncomfortable as cracked hands. 

4. Aloe Vera

aloe vera gel and leaves with spoon on board

Besides bringing plenty of soothing relief, aloe vera is a cracked hands remedy with plenty of healing power as well. Aloe vera is packed with vitamins and minerals which promote skin tissue growth. In addition, aloe vera creates a protective layer on your skin while its moisturizing properties do their work.

What to do:

  • Slice open an aloe vera chute and extract the gel.
  • Massage the gel into your hands and allow it to sit for at least 15 minutes before rinsing it off.
  • Repeat this remedy two to three times daily.

5. Coconut Oil

A moisturizer with plenty of essential benefits is coconut oil. Used as a main moisturizer or a base oil for other home remedies for cracked hands, coconut oil has a combination of medium chain fatty acids that enhance skin tissue growth and reduce inflammation.

What to do:

  • Warm 2 to 3 Tbsp of coconut oil slightly.
  • Massage the oil into your skin before going to bed, after exfoliating or anytime your hands start to feel a little dry.
  • Repeat this a couple times per day to treat chapped skin.

6. Oatmeal and Honey

A popular exfoliating blend for your face also works well on your cracked hands. The proteins and exfoliating properties of oatmeal are well known for not only promoting improved skin tissue growth, but it also acts as a cleansing agent. The addition of honey adds moisturizing, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory actions to this home remedy as well.

What to do:

  • Mix together 2 Tbsp of dry, ground oatmeal and 1 tsp of honey.
  • Add enough water to make a thick paste and massage the mixture into your hands for several minutes.
  • Allow the mixture to sit for 15 to 20 minutes or place gloves over your hands and wear it through the night before rinsing with warm water.
  • Repeat this remedy daily to treat cracked hands or weekly to prevent it.

7. Epsom Salt

When it comes to exfoliating cracked hands few ingredients are more effective than Epsom salt. Besides being a great exfoliating substance, Epsom salt contains magnesium sulfate, which is known to help reduce inflammation and pain.

What to do:

  • Mix ½ cup of Epsom salt in a basin of warm water and soak your hands for about 10 minutes.
  • After soaking, place a couple of Tbsp of dry salt in the palms of your hands, add a little bit of coconut or olive oil and massage your hands for several minutes.
  • Leave the salt in place for about 10 minutes before rinsing and then moisturizing.
  • Do this daily as a treatment or 2 to 3 times per week for prevention.

Along with your hands, epsome salt can work wonders on cracked and dry feet. You would use the same methods as you did when moisturizing your hands with Epsom salt. You just need to remember that with Epsom salt, the key is sticking to it and doing it to your hands routinely. 

8. Olive Oil

oilve oil and olives

Another natural moisturizer which can do wonders as a cracked hands home remedy is olive oil. Olive oil also contains medium chain fatty acids and antioxidants that fight inflammation as well as help to moisturize skin and promote the growth of healthy new skin.

What to do:

  • Use extra virgin olive oil as a base oil for several of our remedies or use it by itself.
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp of olive oil applies to your hands a couple times per day or after exfoliating is a sure way to help prevent and treat drying, chapped skin.

The great thing about using olive oil is the fact that this natural remedy has such an appealing scent. You simply can not go wrong with this method as you are sure to see the effects of it almost instantaneously. 

9. Vinegar

Another of the top home remedies for cracked hands is vinegar. The acids in vinegar help to penetrate your skin and make it softer and smoother. In addition, vinegar has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties to help heal your damaged skin.

What to do:

  • You can use 1 cup of either apple cider vinegar or white vinegar in a basin of warm water to soak your hands before exfoliating or simply allow them to soak for about 15 minutes before rubbing them together to loosen up and get rid of the dead skin.
  • Rinse your hands and apply moisturizer.
  • Repeat this daily for treatment or weekly for prevention.

10. Lemon

Similar to vinegar, the citric acid in lemons also helps to loosen up the dry dead skin and bring relief to cracked hands. The exfoliating, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of lemons, as well as the fact that they are readily available, makes them a great option as a home remedy of their own or an excellent addition to other remedies.

What to do:

  • Mix 1 cup of freshly extracted lemon juice in a basin of warm water.
  • Allow your hands to soak for about 10 minutes before massaging them together to remove dry, dead skin.
  • Moisturize and repeat this remedy daily for treatment or weekly for prevention.

11. Peanuts, Milk, and Honey

Though it sounds like the beginnings of a peanut butter flavored milkshake, peanuts, milk, and honey create an excellent cracked hands remedy. The protein and fat in peanuts and milk serve a similar function as oatmeal. Honey is a humectant which also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to promote healthier skin tissue growth.

What to do:

  • Crush 8 to 10 peanuts until the oils start to form a paste.
  • Add ¼ cup of milk and 2 Tbsp of honey to the crushed peanuts.
  • Massage this mixture into your hands and allow it to sit for 15 minutes or cover it with gloves and leave it overnight before rinsing with warm water.
  • Repeat this daily for treatment or a couple times per week for prevention.

12. Yogurt and Papaya

Besides hydrating your skin, papaya and yogurt have some pretty powerful healing properties when it comes to dealing with cracked hands. The enzymes and moisturizers in papaya promote the healing of new skin tissue and the lactic acid in yogurt performs additional antibacterial and anti-inflammatory functions as well.

What to do:

  • Make a mash of 4 Tbsp of papaya and mix in ½ cup of plain yogurt.
  • Add a drop or two of lemon juice and honey to the mixture.
  • Massage your hands with the mixture until they are fully covered with the paste.
  • Allow the mixture to dry and then rinse it off with cold water.
  • Repeat this daily for treatment or a couple of times per week for prevention.

13. Banana, Olive Oil, and Honey

bananas in bowl

Another fruit which is hard to beat as a cracked hands home remedy ingredient is an overripe banana. Bananas have powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and moisturizing properties on their own. Adding olive oil and honey only makes an even more potent combination to bring quick and permanent relief.

What to do:

  • Mash ½ of an overripe banana into a paste.
  • Add 1 Tsp of olive oil and 1 Tbsp of honey to the mashed banana.
  • Apply this mixture to your hands and allow it to sit for 30 minutes or overnight with gloves on before rinsing.
  • Repeat this daily for treatment or a couple times weekly as a preventive remedy.

14. Cucumber and Yogurt

Just so fruits don’t have all the fun, cucumbers get into the cracked hands remedies action as well. Cucumbers have extremely high water content, which makes them excellent for hydrating. When combined with the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of yogurt, you create a potent home remedy for both healing and prevention.

What to do:

  • Puree ½ to 1 cucumber, depending upon its size.
  • Add ½ cup of yogurt.
  • Massage the mixture into your hands and leave it for 30 minutes or apply gloves and leave it overnight.
  • Rinse off your hands with warm water and repeat this daily.

15. Egg, Avocado, and Yogurt

The fats and proteins in this potent cracked hands home remedy is sure to make a huge difference in restoring the health of your hands. Similar to coconut and olive oil, avocados are rich in medium chain fatty acids. Yogurt, as we discussed, contains antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties of its own. Adding in the proteins and fats of an egg yolk turbo-charges this remedy.

What to do:

  • Mix together the yolk of 1 egg, ¼ of a ripe avocado and 1 tsp of yogurt and mash it into a paste.
  • Massage the paste into your hands and allow it to dry before rinsing it off with warm water.
  • Repeat this daily for treatment or two to three times per week for preventing cracked hands.


Besides being unattractive, cracked hands can cause discomfort as well as possible inflammation and infection. If your hands are suffering from severe damage or you want to prevent damage, make use of one or several of our home remedies for cracked hands and keep your hands healthy. In addition, don’t forget to add questions, comments, success stories and other recipes in the section provided below.

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1 comment

  • I have ms and my fingers get really bad cracks very painful and my feet also I would like to no what’s the best and most fastest way for the cracks to heal ?

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