Too Much Handwashing? Why Something More Sinister Could Be Causing Your Dry Hands

Dry cracked skin macro closeup of index finger of female young woman's hand showing eczema medical condition called dyshidrotic pompholyx or vesicular dyshidrosisDry hands seem simple enough, don’t they? Maybe at first glance. But the truth is, they can be a symptom of something far more sinister.

Like most people these days, you may be extra diligent with handwashing. It’s a simple defense mechanism against the spread of COVID-19 and a staple of good hygiene.


Unfortunately, it can lead to dry hands, which could be even more pronounced in cooler, dryer, winter climates.

Thankfully, you can treat dry hands from regular washing or sanitizing with moisturizer.

But what if the moisturizer doesn’t help? What if after bottles of moisturizer, your hands are still dry? Further, what if they are cold or discolored?

Dry hands are a symptom of poor circulation. When blood isn’t circulating properly, your cells can’t get the oxygen and nutrients they need to function properly.

Your circulatory system is responsible for delivering oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood all over your body. It’s made up of your heart, blood vessels, and other organs, yet one slight blockage or inefficiency can slow the whole thing down.

It’s your job to keep over 60,000 miles of blood vessels relaxed and functional to ensure blood efficiently circulates. When it does, you’re at a lower risk for heart disease and a host of other illnesses.

Several factors play a role in circulation. Not smoking, controlling blood pressure, and increasing activity levels can all help—as can finding ways to boost nitric oxide production.


Nitric oxide is a natural chemical released by your blood vessels to help blood flow. When present, it can relax and dilate blood vessels to encourage better circulation.

Some foods can enhance nitric oxide production and may help improve circulation. Cayenne pepper, turmeric, beets, spinach, and garlic may all help reinforce food circulation. A host of other plant-based foods, although not having a direct effect on nitric oxide production, can also help improve circulation.

If your hands are consistently dry and you’re experiencing other symptoms, like cold or numb extremities, brittle nails, or fatigue, you won’t be able to wash it away. Talk to your doctor and consider ways to boost circulation.

Author Bio

Sarah began her interest in nutritional healing at an early age. After going through health problems and becoming frustrated with the conventional ways doctors wanted to treat her illness (which were not working), she took it upon herself to find alternative treatments. This led her to revolutionize her own diet to help her get healthier and tackle her health problems. She began treating her illness by living a more balanced lifestyle through healthy food choices, exercise and other alternative medicine such as meditation. This total positive lifestyle change led her to earn a diploma in Nutritional Therapy from Health Sciences Academy in London, England. Today, Sarah enjoys helping others by teaching healthy lifestyle changes through her personal consultations and with her regular contributions to the Doctors Health Press. Also, passionate about following her dreams in life, Sarah moved to France and lived in Paris for over 5 years where she earned a certification in beadwork and embroidery from Lesage (an atelier owned by Chanel). She then went on to be a familiar face sitting front row and reporting from Paris Fashion Week. Sarah continues to practice some of the cultural ways of life she learned while in Europe. They enjoy their food, and take the time to relax and enjoy many of life’s little moments. These are life lessons she is glad to have brought back home with her.


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