Did you know that 20% of adults have cracked skin on their feet? While it can affect anyone, it’s more often seen in women.
Some of the most common causes include standing for long hours, poor-fitting shoes, and walking around barefoot. Taking long, hot showers can also contribute to the problem.
Fortunately, it is treatable.
Interested? Looking for some tips on how to get rid of dry skin on the heel? If so, you’re on the right page.
We’ll be going over some cracked heel remedies below. Keep reading to learn more!
Use a Heel Balm
Moisturize the area with a heel balm. They contain ingredients such as salicylic acid, alpha-hydroxy acid, urea, and saccharide isomerate, all of which will moisturize, soften, and exfoliate the skin.
For the best results, apply the balm two to three times a day. For example, you can apply it in the morning, afternoon, and night.
Depending on how dry your heels are, you may feel a slight stinging sensation—that’s normal. Talk with your doctor if it continues to bother you or if it causes a severe reaction.
Soak and Exfoliate Your Feet
Soaking your feet in Epsom salt can help exfoliate and smooth your heels. Start by filling a basin with warm water—it should be deep enough to cover your feet.
Add 1/2 to 3/4 of a cup of Epsom salt to the water and soak your feet for 30 to 60 minutes. If necessary, you can use a pumice stone or loofah to remove hard, thickened skin.
Gently pat your feet dry afterward and apply a thick moisturizer to the area.
Apply a Liquid Bandage
You can seal the cracks on your heel with a liquid bandage—that’ll prevent further cracking and infections. It’s particularly effective for deep heel cracks that bleed.
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All you have to do is spray the product onto your feet (make sure to wash and dry the area first). It’ll create a thin, plastic coating, which will seal the crack. Not only will it promote healing, but it can also help alleviate pain.
In terms of how much to use, we recommend starting with two layers. From there, you can apply an extra layer as needed.
Apply a Hemp Lotion
Consider applying a hemp body lotion. It’s made using oil extracted from the hemp plant, which is rich in unsaturated fats. More specifically, they contain linoleic acid, y-linolenic acid, and a-linoleic acid, all of which will help the skin retain moisture.
Not only that, but they can also help prevent infection by strengthening the skin’s natural barrier. That way, it’ll be harder for germs such as bacteria, viruses to enter the skin.
Treating and Removing Dry Skin on the Heel
There are many ways that you can treat dry skin on the heel—from applying a balm to soaking your feet. Remember, the sooner you act, the faster it’ll heal.
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