Unlike the skin on the rest of the body, the skin on our feet is naturally dry. It has no oil glands, so it relies on the sweat glands to keep our feet moisturized. The skin can become itchy, scaly, and overly caloused for people who do not properly moisturize their feet on a regular basis, or who have a medical condition such as diabetes, psoriasis, or athlete's foot.
Avoid these common misconceptions to help the skin on your feet be as happy and moisturized as possibe:
- Don't wear sandals. The skin becomes drier and more calloused when not enclosed by socks and shoes to hold in the moisture.
- Don't soak your feet. Soaking actully dries feet out!
- Don't pull the skin. Scrubbing too much and peeling the skin off builds up calloused skin quicker than just leaving it alone.
- Don't bathe your feet in Vaseline. It just makes the skin greasy - it is more beneficial to apply lotion once a day. A keratolytic may be used on the thick calluses to help break them down.
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