It is not totally out of place to see people have rough, dry, or cracked skin on their feet. This mostly happens because the feet have fewer oil glands than other areas of the body. It often appears on the heels and sides of the feet.
Aside from making your feet look unattractive, it can make your feet itchy and tight.
Dead skin on the feet can be caused by
- Irritation from standing for too long or wearing poorly fitted shoes.
- Heat or humidity that comes from closed shoes. This heat and humidity draw moisture from the skin.
- Aging – Older people tend to experience dry skin more than people who are younger of age.
- Lack of moisture- Dry or cracked feet is mostly caused because the feet have fewer oil glands.
See ways to get rid of them:
1. Foot Soaking
Soak the feet in warm water to help soften and loosen dry skin while improving blood circulation in the feet. You may want to add a small amount of vinegar to your foot soak to help other foot conditions like athlete foot.
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2. Use a foot file or pumice stone
People use a pumice stone or foot file to remove dry skin. Just soak the feet in warm water to soften the dead skin, use stone or file to remove dead skin, and dry and moisturize your skin.
3. Moisturize regularly
Constant moisturizing of the feet will help reduce dry skin and prevent new dry skin from accumulating. When choosing moisturizers, avoid moisturizers with alcohol or added fragrance. Instead, use products that have plant-based ingredients like coconut oil, butter, and oil.
This involves removing dead skin on feet using physical or chemical exfoliants. For physical exfoliants, you could use a foot scrub or body brush while using chemical exfoliants take the form of liquids. They contain ingredients that remove dead cells on the surface of the skin such as glycolic acid or lactic acid.
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