You've ripped your hands... Now what?

Ben was a willing hand model on Monday night. 

Ben was a willing hand model on Monday night. 

Unlike other gyms you may have seen, at SCCF we don't glorify ripping callouses off hands with photos on social media as it's an injury that could keep you away from training. We do accept that from time to time a callous may rip when you neglect your hands for a while or do a really grip intensive workout that you weren't expecting. 

Time and again I make the same recommendation to anyone who rips and every time I am always met with the same incredulous start, but this is a photo of my hand that I ripped on Friday and trained with three times since then. 

My hand on Tuesday lunchtime

My hand on Tuesday lunchtime

So what's the secret? Extract of Wolverine? Unicorn blood? 

Nope, the first part of the cure everyone has at home whilst the second part will cost you around £3 from any supermarket or chemist.

As soon as possible after tearing remove as much dead skin as possible by pulling in the direction of the rip or by trimming it with nail clippers or scissors and then liberally grind salt into the angry, exposed bit. This will hurt. A LOT. Bear the pain as long as you can using as many Jedi mind tricks as you know and then wash it clean with water. Leave it along, do not cover it or dress it and it'll start to heal way faster than by any other method I've tried. The second piece of the puzzle is Blistex cream (designed for chapped lips). When it's healing it'll feel dry and tight, so use a liberal application of Blistex a few times a day to keep it moist and supple. 

 

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You won't thank me whilst the salt is in the wound, you'll definitely appreciate the phrase 'rubbing salt in the wound' more, but you'll thank me when your hands have healed up quickly and you're back in full training.