Winter is finally here and I have a crack in the skin at the end of the fourth finger on my sound hand. Every time the end of my finger contacts an object the crack opens painfully. I wash my sound hand so often that my skin is as rough as sandpaper. I felt desperate because my thumb develops an even bigger crack which is even more painful.
I Googled paraffin bath because warm wax softens the skin. On-line users said it takes 6 hours for the wax to melt. To prevent burns, the heating element is too weak to melt the wax quickly. This means leaving the unit on 24 hours a day to keep the wax liquid. Then there were users who said wax leaked out of the bottom of their unit.
Bath and Body Works makes a product called True Blue Super Softening Hand Lotion with paraffin. The sandpaper rough skin on the end of my thumb disappeared after one application.
It took 5 days for the crack on my fourth finger to close up after using one small dab the size of a pea each day. This is good because the lotion costs $12 for a 2.5 fluid ounce tube.
I let the lotion sink in after I go to bed at night. I put a dab of lotion on the back of my hemiplegic hand, use the remote to turn off my ceiling light, and get into bed. I use the index finger of my sound hand to transfer the lotion to the ends of my fingers. I need all five fingers working on my sound hand.