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Feb 17, 2013
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Anyone know how to "toughen" up scar tissue from repeated gobies? My last trip to indian creek was rough on them and whenever i jam hard these days they seem to break open and bleed if i slip at all. Like, drip blood everywhere after one pitch kind of bleed. Does a pumice stone help to keep the scars from being so elevated? Any quality salves i should know about? earl mcalister
From Las Vegas, NV
Joined Aug 11, 2010
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Feb 17, 2013
Do you use tape gloves to protect your hands? FrankPS
From Atascadero, CA
Joined Nov 19, 2009
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Feb 17, 2013
The bad thing about scar tissue is that it is fairly inflexible...unlike healthy skin. This makes it fairly prone to tear / bleed / abrade. It doesn't toughen much. If it is elevated, you are probably a cheloid former. That doesn't help. More inflexible tissue. Protect your skin with tape, mitts, or technique. Leo Paik
From Westminster, Colorado
Joined Jan 1, 2001
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Feb 17, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Rapping Fitz
Frank, I very rarely use tape. Don't like it. It is a necessary evil sometimes though (for me at least), especially on wide stuff or steep hands. In the past I didn't tape at all and never had problems but my climbing days have reduced significantly in the last year so when I get on harder routes I find myself thrutching more which breaks them open. Leo, am I bound to bleed for good? Anyway to make the scars tougher that you know of? earl mcalister
From Las Vegas, NV
Joined Aug 11, 2010
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Feb 18, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Estes Park Yart
Unfortunately, Leo is right. When skin is damaged and scars, the scar tissue is not as flexible or resilient as the original skin. It will be weaker and more prone to tearing than the surrounding tissue.

Protecting the scars is probably the best way to deal w/ the situation.
Brent Apgar
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