Question by  gordon (304)

Why might I have thickening skin on my hands?

My hands have thick skin.


Answer by  Dana46 (2345)

Thickening skin is often caused by age and repeated use. If your hands are constantly exposed to the elements then thick skin is your body's way of protecting itself.


Answer by  Gingercakes (920)

If you work with your hands a lot, like heavy labor, your skin on your hands will naturally thicken as a protection. If this is not the case you should see a dermatologist for an appropriate diagnosis.


Answer by  angiem1981 (1059)

Skin is naturally thicker on the hands and soles of the feet. Your skin may be thicker because it's not sloughed away quickly as dead cells come to the surface.


Answer by  jaimesgirl (1055)

If you have thickening skin on your hands, it's most likely the result of callus formation. Calluses are formed when you perform some kind of manual labor that causes an object to frequently rub against your skin. Your skin tissue "builds up" and hardens in an effort to protect itself against blistering.

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