Top reasons we get dry skin on our fingers and how to prevent it.

I got an email the other day asking me about having dry skin on their fingers. I figured that I would just write a blog post about it since many of you could be experiencing the same thing.

They mainly wanted to know why they get it, how to fix it, and how to prevent it.

I understand that dry skin on our fingers can be annoying and even embarrassing at times. I use to have dry fingers at one time, then I started a two-step skincare routine that works great!

I’ll explain it later on in the blog post.

I put together this guide all about dry skin on fingers. I hope it answers all your questions and you find it helpful.


Why Do I Get Dry Skin On My Fingers:

Dry skin on your fingers is a very common problem for a lot of people. The problem is isolating it and finding out why and what is causing the problem. This process can take time but, it can be worth it in the end.

The goal for you should be to figure out what is causing dry fingers and how to prevent it.

I put together a list of some of the most common reasons why people get dry fingers:



The main reason why I notice people get dry fingers is from the weather.

I know it sounds strange. When I first heard this I thought the person telling me was going crazy!

If you live in a colder climate, the air and cold weather can be dry and damaging to our skin.
This can cause our skin to dry out.

Our skin is unable to pull moisture from the air to help moisturize itself.
This alone can cause your fingers to dry out.

Dry air also causes the water in our skin to evaporate faster than it normally would.
This reduces the amount of moisture that our fingers are getting.

Since we really can’t control the weather, the best thing to do is to get a humidifier for your house.
It’s also a good idea to always protect your skin and wear gloves when going outside.


Hand Washing:

Another reason that our fingers can dry out is by washing your hands.

No, I’m not going to tell you to quit washing your hands…

The ingredients in hand soap can strip the natural oils off your hands.
This can make your fingers dry out over time.

Professionals like nurses, CNA’s, and dishwashers, who wash their hands a lot, experience the worst of it.

The only thing you can do is to change your soap.
Look for a less abrasive kind of soap.

I notice a lot of the soap you buy in stores may not be beneficial. Try and find a hydrating kind of soap for your hands.

Sometimes a homemade kind is the best kind to get.


Hand Sanitizer:

The same story as hand soap goes for hand sanitizer.
Hand sanitizer is filled with ingredients that can dry out our fingers.

It’s mainly the alcohol in hand sanitizer that cause drying.

But, it’s also the alcohol that kills the germs…
I would look for an alcohol-free version of hand sanitizer.

A quick search on the internet comes up with plenty of non-drying hand sanitizers.

Look for moisturizing ingredients such as aloe and glycerin. They should help prevent your fingers from drying out.


How Do You Get Rid Of Dry Skin On Your Fingers:

Dry skin on our fingers can be really annoying and even embarrassing in some cases. I remember the time I had it, I didn’t know what to do. I was trying different products and couldn’t find anything that worked.

I was always picking at my fingers trying to make it go away.

Guess what… It didn’t work.

Later I discovered a moment when I realized that it really wasn’t about the kind of products.

It was more about staying consistent and finding a skincare routine for my hands and fingers.

Here is the easy two-step system that I used with amazing results:


Exfoliating your skin is a simple process that I really didn’t understand at first. I always thought to just put on some moisturizer and my dry fingers would go away.

It turns out that exfoliating your skin removes dead skin cells and gives you a clean area to work with. Exfoliating can also help smooth out your fingers and make them feel softer.

I recommend exfoliating your fingers about every three days.
But, it depends on your skin how often you can do it.

Some people can get by exfoliating more often than others.

The goal is to remove the dry and dead skin cells so that the younger skin cells take over.
Once the younger cells take over, you want to keep them moisturized to prevent dry skin.



The last step is to moisturize your fingers regularly. I recommend doing this every day or even two to three times a day.

Moisturize your fingers more often at first when you have dry fingers.
You can then scale it back after your fingers started to get better.

Scale it back to no less than 3 times a week.

The moisturizer will keep the new skin cells fully hydrated and prevent them from becoming dry.
Moisturizer can also soften your skin.

Always use a high-quality lotion when moisturizing your fingers.
The lower-quality lotion is often watered down and often have cheap filler ingredients to keep the cost down.

Never settle for anything less.

This whole process of exfoliating and hydrating your skin can take a few weeks or more. It can take a long time for the dry skin cells to die, get exfoliated, and the young skin cells to take their place.

It’s best to stay consistent and give it some time to work.


What Can Dry Skin On Your Fingers Be A Sign Of:

I was at my annual dermatologist appointment and we got talking about having dry skin. I knew a few of you were asking about having dry skin on your fingers so I asked my dermatologist.

What can dry skin on my fingers really be a sign of?

They said that most cases of dry fingers are usually just from lack of moisturizing and a regular skincare routine.

I then asked if it could be a sign of anything more serious.

My dermatologist said that the most serious signs could be a sign of hand eczema or psoriasis. They said that was the two main problems that they saw.

Remember, different dermatologists will see different skincare problems from the regions that they practice in.


Lack of Moisture:

The most common sign of dry skin on fingers is a lack of moisture. Our hands, fingers, and feet are often the first place on our bodies that get dry skin the most often.

This is because our hands and fingers are more exposed to the elements.

The environment also plays a big role in how often you get dry fingers.
Some people may experience this more than others depending on where you live.

The best treatment is to use a moisturizer on your fingers.

We went through on how to get rid of dry fingers earlier in this post, you can check that out.


Hand eczema:

Hand eczema is dry and itchy spots on your hands that often flake or even crack in more severe cases. It can happen to anyone at any age.

A more severe form of hand eczema can result in pain and blistering of the hands and fingers.

It’s more common in women than it is men.



Psoriasis of the hand is caused when your body produces a large number of white blood cells. By doing so, this increases the cell turnover rate and can cause scaly skin, pain, and irritation.

In its very early stages, psoriasis can often look like dry peeling skin on your hands and fingers. As it continues, it will often turn into scaly irritated skin.

Psoriasis can get so bad that your skin starts to crack and bleed.

Go to a dermatologist if you believe that you have one of these skin conditions.


How To Prevent Dry Skin On Fingers:

Throughout this blog post, we talked a lot about dry skin on your fingers. The next main question that many people have is how to prevent dry skin on their fingers.

It’s not really an easy answer.
What works for some may not work for others.

I put together some of the best tips that many people say will help prevent dry skin. The process won’t happen overnight and it may take a few days to notice any results.

Just keep up and continue with the process. Most people will see results eventually. They may not happen as fast as you would like, but they will happen with a lot of people.

The best way to prevent dry skin on your fingers is to stay ahead of the game. You don’t want the dry skin to get too far ahead.

Have a good skincare routine that you follow daily.


The first thing I would recommend is to exfoliate your hands. This will help get rid of the dry and dead skin cells on your hands and fingers.

I recommend exfoliating every one to three days depending on your skin.
Everyone has different skin and what works for you could be too soon for others.

Certain products that exfoliate your fingers may also help hydrate them.
This is a nice added benefit.



The next thing you should do is to moisturize your fingers daily. Some people even like to moisturize them 2-3 times daily.
I don’t see anything wrong with this.

Moisturizing your fingers help them retain moisture and can create a barrier so that they stay hydrated longer.

Just about any kind of moisturizer would work.
But, I wouldn’t recommend using a body butter moisturizer.

This can leave your hand very greasy and oily.

You know your skin more than anyone else.

Use your best judgment and go from there.


Protect Your Fingers:

Another tip is to protect your fingers with gloves.
This really depends on the weather where you live.

Cold weather and dry air can wreak havoc on your skin. Especially your fingers since they are exposed to the environment more.

Wearing gloves help keep your fingers warm and therefore the less chance of your fingers becoming overly dry.

Yet, wearing gloves alone probably won’t work alone. You will still have to exfoliate and moisturize your fingers to get the best results.


Use Soft Water:

A more difficult trick is to use soft water. Check and see if your house has a water softener if you have hard water.

Hard water can cause dry skin, as well as many other skin problems.
Many people say that hard water causes their skin to be itchy and irritated.

A whole house soft water system can be an expensive investment depending on the kind you get.


Change Your Soap:

An easy thing you can do is to change your soap. Earlier, I said that some soap could cause dryness on your fingers. A great way to help eliminate this problem is to change your soap.

Most soap that comes from big box stores isn’t really that great.
It contains a lot of unnecessary ingredients that could dry your fingers.

The best thing I did was change my soap to a homemade kind.

I noticed a huge difference in my overall skin’s appearance.

Go to craft shows or buy it online on craft sites.
The best thing is that it’s not really that expensive either.