I used to get those skin splits quite often when playing heavy strings. I tried everything; even went to a dermatologist. New Skin was a Godsend for me. It doesn't interfere with your playing like a typical bandage does. You can get it at any drugstore. I finally went to a lighter gauge & don't have as much trouble anymore. FYI - It comes in a spray (for bigger wounds like scrapes) or a small bottle you can brush on like fingernail polish. I brush 1 coat on the wound; let it dry for a minute, and then recoat. When the "bandage" starts to wear or come loose, just brush another coat on & it will reamalgamate - and you're good as new.