All of this CrossFitting with barbells and pullup bars is really doing a number on my lady hands. Chalk, blood, rips, blisters, calluses… it’s all so very lady-like, really. This really wouldn’t be such a problem if it wasn’t so taboo, so faux pas, to wear gloves at a gym.
So now, in addition to the already lengthy nightly routine of face-washing, contact-cleansing, and teeth-brushing, I have to add a hand repair regimen that has me sleeping with a tub of Vaseline and a pair of old socks on my nightstand. (It’s not as sexy as it sounds.)
Here is how I repair skin on my palms after an exceptionally gnarly WOD. (Part of this I took from the CrossFit Journal but the other part I learned from chatting with a former collegiate gymnast.)
1. Immediately after the rip, I cleanse my hands with soap and water.
2. I cut off any dangling pieces of blister skin.
3. Then I slab some Neosporin or antibacterial ointment on the “wound.” (If it bleeds, it’s a wound right? It’s a barbell battle wound! Okay, maybe not that dramatic but it hurts nonetheless.)
4. Once the Neosporin wears off, I cut open a Vitamin E pill and squeeze some of the pill’s oil onto my blister. I do this throughout the day to prevent my blister from getting too dry… then it tends to crack open and it hurts like a mofo.
5. Then to the FUN part: I take a WHOLE BUNCH of Vaseline and smear it all over my hands until they are a hot, greasy, Kentucky Fried Chicken mess.
6. Somehow, usually with the help of Ryan, I slip my hands into tube socks so that Vaseline doesn’t rub off all over the place while I’m sleeping.
And that’s IT. When I wake up, my skin is super supple and my blisters are usually repaired enough to the point where they don’t burn when I try to grab something. It’s a process a little more complex than good ol’ fashioned lotion but, hey, it works for me and I can get back to WODding.