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Can I be allergic to a different clay, or different Sand in a clay body?


JASON GANLEY

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Okay.  I'm trying out a Laguna Clay Cone 5 called Buff with Sand.

I have used a Cone 06 Buff with sand with no issues itching wise.

However, It seems like the sand in the Cone 5 clay is much more flecked, white and dark sand.

When I wash my hands, it seems to stay on the skin more.  Kind of like going to the beach and not getting all the sand off your hands or feet.

I swear, I feel like I get itchy or even irritated skin, like allergic reaction?

Is this possible?

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Could it be dry hands being aggravated by the sharp grog?  Mine get itchy when I'm recycling clay, but I don't throw in a way where my hands are exposed to much grog, it's usually mostly the tips of my pointer, middle fingers and thumbs.  When I'm centering, my pinkies will sometimes need to touch the wheel head, but only for a second.

I know a lot of people early in their learning will grind off the side of their hands until they're raw between the wheel head and the grog.  Ouch!

Maybe you can try a clay with finer grog?

You could be allergic or sensitive to manganese, but I've never heard of someone being allergic to clay itself.

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It may seem sort of counterintuitive because of the added skin drying potential, but wash your hands really thoroughly with soap once you're done working. It breaks the ionic bonds between clay particles, so it rinses away instead of staying on your skin to dry it out further. Then, follow up with a good hand cream. This works if it's just skin being irritated from being dried out. If you have a case of contact dermatitis (scaly red patches) check with your doctor, it may have a bacterial cause. That last is more common if you're using reclaim or studio mixed clay that has had something like yogurt or urine added to it to encourage plasticity.

Typically buff and red clays are from iron impurities in secondary clays, not *usually* manganese. The black, and some speckled clays are the manganese suspects, but your clay manufacturer should make that information available to you if you ask.

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5 minutes ago, Min said:

Rubbing some apple cider vinegar into your hands after washing up, letting your hands dry in the air then using lotion helps too. 

That sounds so painful.  Please tell me your hands aren't cracked and scraped up like mine.  That would be torture, especially on all the hang nails!

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10 hours ago, liambesaw said:

That sounds so painful.  Please tell me your hands aren't cracked and scraped up like mine.  That would be torture, especially on all the hang nails!

My hands are probably as banged up as most peoples here but just a tiny bit of a.c. vinegar doesn't sting. 

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