A lot of men and women tend to have hard skin around our feet because of frequent pressure and friction.
The skin usually develop this as its natural protective measure.
But it always leads to a rough skin, corns and calluses which is not sexy at all.
Corns and calluses typically appear on or around the toes, and some, called “seed corns,” may form on the sole of the foot. Though they are a defensive measure against blistering and usually pose no medical danger, corns are a cosmetic concern and can cause considerable discomfort or pain.
Corns generally go away once the source of pressure or friction is removed, but using a pumice stone and to remove corns provides a quicker remedy.
As a fashion lover , having a soft smooth skin is part of what you need to slay especially when your outfit warrants you to wear palms, sandals or slip on.
So it is very necessary that you remove those hard skins and corns, in fact it is medical proven necessary.
That’s why we have put together these few steps to guide you in removing them yourself if you’re not the type that goes to beauty stores for pedicure. You will need pumice stone, moisturizing ointment and petroleum jelly through out the process.
But don’t attempt to treat hard skin, corns or calluses at home if you suffer from diabetes or problems with sensation or circulation in your feet, which can lead to dangerous infections.
Here are the steps to follow:
Soak your feet in warm water to soften hard skin and make removal easier. Avoid using harsh soaps when washing or soaking your feet, as soap removes your skin’s natural oils, thereby increasing dry skin and making corns and calluses worse.
Rub hard areas with a pumice stone to remove the top layer of thickened skin. Be careful not to rub the stone across soft, live skin, as doing so can cause pain and tissue damage.
Rinse the pumice stone during use to wash away dead skin and debris. This will make removing hardened areas on your feet easier and will prolong the life of your stone.
Apply moisturizing lotion to your feet within three minutes of stepping out of the water.
Oil-based ointments work better at trapping moisture inside the skin than water-based lotions. Do not apply moisturizer between your toes, as doing so increases your risk of bacterial and fungal infections.
Cover hardened areas with petroleum jelly and cover with socks before going to bed at night. As you sleep, the petroleum will soften hard areas and ease dryness. Wash your feet when you wake up with warm water and mild soap.
Visit your doctor to have areas of hard skin cut away. This procedure is called debridement and is typically performed on an outpatient basis. Your doctor may advise you to wear cushions inside your shoes until healing is complete. The New York Times Health Guide warns against cutting away hard skin at home.
Wear well-fitting shoes to encourage healing and prevent calluses from returning. Also, treat any foot or toe deformities that may be contributing to hard skin on your feet. In severe cases, a special insert called a functional orthotic can help relieve pressure. Surgery may be necessary to treat underlying structural problems.
The above steps should be followed properly so as to achieve the expected result. That is, having a soft and healthy looking feet.
These seven steps should be repeated once or twice every month to keep your feet soft continously and avoid getting corns and calluses again.