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Jon Lawes26/03/2021 08:19:59
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Some of the oils I'm using in the workshop are starting to make my skin feel slightly itchy. I really would prefer to avoid getting a form of dermatitis (if I'm not already too far gone) so think a barrier cream would help.

The barrier creams I've tried in the past have had a really greasy unpleasant feel which I would like to avoid. Does anyone have a cream they recommend that doesn't feel unpleasant?

Nicholas Wheeler 126/03/2021 08:31:19
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one small application will last for several hours, so even the small aerosol will last for ages.

Paul Lousick26/03/2021 08:40:49
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See previouse posts


Jon Lawes26/03/2021 09:24:20
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Thank you

Marischal Ellis26/03/2021 10:14:02
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Chemist told me to use nappy rash cream, which is called 'butt Cream' in USA. Gentle on babies bottoms. May be worth a try. It is impossible to buy any cream locally.

All the best to everyone in these trying times.

Nicholas Farr26/03/2021 10:38:28
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Hi, I've used this for many years when dealing with oils and greases Travabon although it is not suitable for working with things involving water, but washes off most general dirt and grim without using soap, it stops my hands getting dry.

Regards Nick.

Sam Longley 126/03/2021 10:39:34
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I like Rosalex which i bought years ago in a tub about 5 litres. I transferred it to a used Swarffega dispenser. I find that by squirting it onto my palms first I can work plenty under my finger nails which helps cleaning afterwards. I think black finger nails look awful.

For years I used to clean with Swarffega & some sand, but now they make it with a mild abrasive which is kinder to my aged hands

Edited By Sam Longley 1 on 26/03/2021 10:41:31

JA26/03/2021 12:00:27
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Thanks for re-starting the topic. My 2 litre tub of barrier cream is almost empty and the dregs are going moldy.

I will try Derma Shiel lotion.


IanT26/03/2021 12:14:28
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Been using 'Gloves in a Bottle' for a little while now. Seems to work for me in terms of preventing rashes (as opposed to help to clean oily hands)

Purchased in my local High Street 'Superdrug' store about 18-24 months ago (I think...seems more like half a lifetime ago)



Paul Rhodes26/03/2021 12:53:07
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Change you oil(s) Jon? So attempt to avoid issue directly rather than secondarily.

mechman4826/03/2021 13:16:29
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Deb Stokoderm Protect Pure Barrier Cream 100ml - Machine Mart - Machine Mart

I use this every time I'm in the man cave. I use a 100 ml squirty bottle to dispense a small amount onto the palm of my hand & rub it in fairly vigorously, it dries quite quickly leaving no sticky residue & is easily washed off with soapy water, & economical. Usual disclaimer applies.


Henry Brown26/03/2021 18:15:21
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Posted by IanT on 26/03/2021 12:14:28:

Been using 'Gloves in a Bottle' for a little while now. Seems to work for me in terms of preventing rashes (as opposed to help to clean oily hands)

Purchased in my local High Street 'Superdrug' store about 18-24 months ago (I think...seems more like half a lifetime ago)



Another GIAB fan, I had a rash/mark on the back of my right hand, doctor wasn't worried about it as it didn't itch or look sore, its almost gone since I started using this wonderful stuff after reading the other thread when it was on here. I've found that I only need a tiny drop so a bottle goes a long way.

Howard Lewis26/03/2021 18:37:56
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Rozalex is good, but tends to stick hand to non rotating handles. Started using it, many years ago, when oils started to cause dermatitis. No problems since.

Have always used Swarfega for cleansing. the Orange with mild abrasive is very effective.


Samsaranda26/03/2021 19:36:34
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I suffer from contact dermatitis, not from contact with oils and greases but from detergents, gets me out of washing up, to keep my dermatitis under control I use a hand cream called NURSEM, it is available off the net. The formulation requires only a small amount to treat your hands and surprisingly it dries non greasy or oily which is a bonus if in the workshop, although it is not marketed as a barrier cream I have found that it works as one when I use it. The product was developed by a member of the medical profession to combat the effects of continued use of hand sterilising gels. Dave W

old Al26/03/2021 20:40:05
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I have an aerosol tin with the brand name of 'Care'. It must be about 30 years ols but it was really good when i used it in anger all of those years ago. must see if it squirts out of the tin, so i can use it.

We protect all of the other parts of our bodies , so why miss out the hands

Geoffrey Mowatt27/03/2021 17:18:59
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I was told early on in working life that the best barrier cream was a pair of gloves and have lived by this ever since. Most especially when working on Class 158 trains for Arriva Trains Wales in the days of dropping the sewage on the track and hence all over the underneath of the train. Yuck.

Andy_C27/03/2021 17:45:26
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I use chemical hut barrier cream (pink in colour) goes on feeling greasy but dries in a minute or two leaving no greasy feel. Afterwards I use o’keefes hand cream.

Steviegtr28/03/2021 02:08:11
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My 2 cousins own a motorcycle shop in Leeds. They have always just used latex surgical gloves in the workshop. Hands always stay clean. Probably changed at least 6 times a day but cheap to buy. I know we say no gloves on moving machinery, but surgical gloves would just rip off your hand if it got caught. I do not wear them, i have a few boxes on the shelf but only wear when a really dirty job comes up.

So yes most of the time my hands are a bit grubby. Lucky i have no girlfriend or wife to please.

I had to use the barrier cream at one of the jobs i had & hate the stuff with a vengeance.


Norfolk Boy28/03/2021 07:15:55
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PR88 This is brilliant stuff, just an acorn size amount and work it in. I'm sure I saw it recommended on here once which is how I came to find it.

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David Colwill28/03/2021 08:09:12
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I started to get skin problems after changing to a new type of neat cutting oil. I ordered latex gloves and Rosalex barrier cream. I then tried other barrier creams ( gloves in a bottle and pr88) but didn't get on with them, mainly smell and stickyness but mostly because I liked Rosalex.

The neat cutting oil that caused the problems is now long gone. The latex gloves get used occasionally. The barrier cream is, however very much a part of my daily routine. I think that the question of which barrier cream is largely irrelevant, just find one that suits you and go with it.

It is easy to see why so many of us use safety glasses. One accident could easily leave you with permanent blindness in one or both eyes. Skin problems are much more likely to occur over time and are therefore able to slowly creep up on us. Anything that can prevent this is surely a good thing.

Perhaps those that are members of clubs (when clubs are a thing again) could persuade them to buy the main contenders so that people can try them.


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