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Ice management killing my skin

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Crystalcreek, Feb 12, 2015.

  1. Crystalcreek

    Crystalcreek Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Hello all, my first post and I'm sure it's a weird one. I run a small opp with three trucks. All three are western equipped for plows. I run two of the trucks with snow ex spreaders v boxes. The other truck runs a snow ex brine set up. Very happy with my opp.

    Here is my problem. I run either salt or calcium brine depending on conditions. Besides the normal dry cracked painful hands, my face takes a beating. Not dryness, but breakout. It lasts about three days after an application. This year has been non stop for the last 5-6 weeks.

    I have even gotten to the point of washing my face ever hour with frest water. Still breaking out. Does anyone else have this problem. It's not fun trying to meet new customers looking like a 12 year old boy. No offense to anyone who is 12.

    What a great first post on plow site.
  2. On a Call

    On a Call PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,077

    I am not certain...but washing dries your skin even more. Retention of moisture is what you are after.

    Not really sure what to tell you to do...but I would be wearing rubber gloves to start.
  3. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,925

    Aveno .. Apply before salting and it should prevent drying out.
  4. seville009

    seville009 Senior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 877

    Use those moist towelettes that have moisturizers in them to clean off your face/hands. I keep them in the car year round.
  5. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,963

    Have you narrowed down whether it is from the salt or the calcium brine? Getting or having calcium chloride absorb thru your skin is VERY bad.
  6. pdreibels

    pdreibels Member
    Messages: 63

    If its a breakout it may be an allergic reaction of some sort. No amount of cleaning or aveno is gonna help that. And repeated exposure will probably just make it worse. But heck I ain't no doctor
  7. allseasons87

    allseasons87 Senior Member
    Messages: 813

    Utterly smooth cream is the bees knees for dried up hands!
  8. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,978

    buy a tin of bag balm from your local ag store...farmers been using it for years
  9. fireball

    fireball PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 545

    Old wives tale said if you pee on your hands they won't chap. Old husband tale said if you peed on your hand, all your food tastes like pee.

    Anyway, consult the material safety data sheet on the products you are using. There might be some information there on your problem. Sometimes my hands would chap but I never had other parts of my body react.
  10. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    I'd talk to your doctor if your face is that bad. Also water will make it worse in the winter. Put really good cream on and wear surgical gloves under your other gloves for your hands.
  11. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    One of my walk guys had what you described..it was from the calcium getting to his skin either as a "brine" or the pellets themselves. At the time he was using leather gloves which probably didn't help. It looked pretty nasty and painful
  12. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    Little side note..have any of you noticed that on a sunny day when your wearing singlasses that if you apply calcium by hand ( and it's windy) the residual powder will ruin the lenses in no time
  13. remac

    remac Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    "singlasses"? where can I get some?
  14. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

  15. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,239

    Awesome gloves!
  16. Crystalcreek

    Crystalcreek Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Ok. Wow. I was not expecting all these great replies. Thank you everyone. I go all year with no problem, one app of brine or calcium pellets and I'm done for. After thinking about it more, it's only the calcium. I made a batch of cal brine the week before thanksgiving, and leth just say, I wasn't in any pictures.

    I think I should set up a dr appointment. I'll keep everyone posted.

    Thanks again for the great help on my first post.
  17. jerzeyguy

    jerzeyguy Junior Member
    from 07080
    Messages: 15

    Toughen up. Should've got a desk job lol
  18. Crystalcreek

    Crystalcreek Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Rather have pimples than no fresh air.
  19. rjigto4oje

    rjigto4oje PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,379

    I use okief's working hands. Comes in a green tub package looks similar to turtle wax green hockey puck. GREAT stuff doesn't burn on open wounds consult a doctor for treatment
  20. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,978

    another thought, when i worked around machine coolant we would coat our hands and arms with a white cream protector before working,was in a green and white tube....if i remember the name ill post it later