How to Avoid Oily Fingers

By Kate Taylor

Oily fingers can result from a wide variety of causes. Whether you are eating something that is too greasy, moisturizing your skin with an oily lotion, or working up a sweat, you may find that your hands become oily and uncomfortable. Part of a hygiene regimen for oily fingers is preventing the problem before it even occurs, which can be done in a variety of ways.

A close-up of a woman's hand applying lotion
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Simply rubbing cream into your skin can cause oily fingers.

Step 1

Stay away from greasy food. Greasy food is one of the most common cause of oily fingers. If you must eat something that is greasy or oily, have a napkin handy that you can use at the first sign of grease.

Step 2

Wash your hands regularly when working hard with bare hands. Use a hand soap formulated to cut through oil and grease and wash it away.

Step 3

Wear plastic gloves when applying moisturizer to your skin or use a wash cloth instead of applying the moisturizer with your bare hands.

Step 4

Avoid touching your face and hair. Both contain oil that can transfer to your fingers.