4 Causes of Rough and Dry Hands & Its 6 Home Remedies

Rough and dry hands in both men and women are not at all uncommon, but still bothersome and unappealing to look at. Rough and dry hands are generally considered unsightly and can feel unpleasant when they come in contact with other parts of the body. An individual’s rough and dry hands can also be a cause for discomfort for someone even during the act of a handshake. There are multiple causes for rough and dry hands and just as many simple remedies. Let’s take an in-depth look into the causes of rough and dry hands followed by simple home remedies that can be easily implemented.

4 Causes of Rough and Dry Hands & Its 6 Home Remedies

4 Causes of Rough and Dry Hands

Various factors and conditions can cause rough and dry hands and some of them are as listed below.

Dry Skin: Naturally dry skin can cause rough and dry hands for many individuals.

Chemicals: Exposure to chemicals of various kinds can rob your hands of their natural oils. This includes the chemicals present in everyday household cleaning products, such as dish washing soap and detergent powders along with chemicals that you may be exposed to at the workplace if you are a skilled workman or woman or work in a manufacturing unit.

Weather: Weather conditions can also rob the skin of its moisture and natural oils causing dry and rough hands and this is an issue most commonly associated with the winter months.

Medical Conditions: Various medical conditions may result in rough and dry skin and some may be limited to the hands while others may cause skin dryness all over the body.

6 Home Remedies for Rough and Dry Hands

Depending upon the causes; there are various remedies and solutions for rough and dry hands that are quite easy to implement. Read further to know more.

#1. Gloves to Prevent Rough and Dry Hands

Wearing a pair of rubber gloves may be the simplest home remedy to solve the problem of rough and dry hands caused by exposure to chemicals. In a working environment or on a factory floor; you may be expected to wear gloves at all times to protect your hands and you can implement this same idea at home. Wearing gloves during household chores like dishwashing, hand washing clothes or mopping can protect your hands from exposure to corrosive chemicals present in dishwashing soap, detergents and floor cleaners and prevent rough and dry hands.

#2. Moisturizer

Applying an effective moisturizer in cream, lotion or oil form on dry and rough hands is the most convenient home remedy to replace the natural oils that the skin on your hands is lacking. You can opt for a great store bought moisturizer; however, coconut oil or Aloe Vera have potent moisturizing properties that make for effective home remedies for dry and calloused hands. Listed below are some other great natural moisturizing agents that you can take advantage of.

#3. Milk Cream

Milk Cream is a very effective moisturizer that has an immediate and positive impact on dry skin. Milk cream is loaded with rich fats that nourish and moisturize the skin. Applying milk cream to your hands and gently rubbing your hands will have an exfoliating effect and as the moisturizing properties of milk cream seep into the pores of your skin, you will experience softer and smoother hands. Applying milk cream daily to your hands; morning and night, is sure to effectively combat the issue of dry and rough hands and is a very effective home remedy for treating rough and dry hands.

#4. Banana Hand Scrub

Bananas have moisturizing properties that you can take advantage of to solve the issue of dry and rough hands. A banana hand scrub is an effective yet not widely known home remedy for dry calloused hands. Mash one ripe banana with a teaspoon of honey and olive oil and use it as a scrub for your hands. This scrub will effectively exfoliate the dry flaky skin on your hands and leave them feeling soft and smooth.

#5. Lemon Juice Application

Making a paste of equal parts of lemon juice, honey and baking soda can create a great hand scrub for dry and calloused hands. This paste has both moisturizing and exfoliating properties that are undeniably good for the skin on your hands.

#6. Use an Oil Barrier

If a pair of gloves isn’t convenient while washing clothes, dishes or doing other water related household chores; rub your hands generously with oil to create an oil barrier that protects your skin against the chemicals in cleaning products and the oil stripping properties of water. This is also a very useful home remedy to treat and prevent rough and dry hands.


In conclusion; these are a few home remedies that you can rely on to deal with rough and dry hands; however, rough and dry hands may also be the result of a skin condition that needs to be seen to by a doctor. Unusually rough and dry hands with no logical explanation may be the result of eczema or other dermatological conditions. A doctor’s visit is always a smart first step to take if the above remedies are not working for your rough and dry hands.

Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:October 23, 2018

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