- Nov 4, 2019
Hi all! First time poster, long time lurker here. I just recently got into adult (still not sure if I’m an adult though haha) gymnastics after doing years of rec gym as a kid. I know there are a million and one threads on healing rips so they’re good to go on bars again, but how do you care for them after they’ve hardened? I got my first decent sized one in years and it’s been a week so it’s hardened, but I’ve still got a red, slightly blistered, shallow crater from the rip (my skin heals really slowly from any abrasion). Not looking to be a hand model here, but just heal it all the way so it doesn’t catch & re-rip. Also, does anyone have a holy grail or tried a few and have a favorite rip ointment/balm/salve? I did tea bags, Neosporin & Vaseline w/ a sock, but did not think it helped much. Would grips help prevent ripping? I know I still need to build up calluses as I work on kips, tap swings & baby giants/long hand pullovers, but could they help in the future? Palm grips? Pre-dowel? Dowel? I never used any sort. Sorry for the super long post, getting back into gymnastics is so much harder as you get older! I don’t know how Chellsie Memmel makes everything look so easy!