How do we improve our dry skin?
Scrubbing or filing – Try using a pumice stone or foot file to file the dry skin. This can be done while skin is wet or even dry. Take care to not get too aggressive as you can damage the skin.
Moisturiser – moisturising your feet daily preferably after bathing is a must to combat dry skin. Getting the right cream for you is also important. There are many moisturisers on the market but stronger ones often are recommended for the feet. A cream with a urea content of 20-25% is more effective on the feet. Oils are another alternate for moisturising the skin. All creams/oils work differently for individuals. It can be simply trial and error.
Moisturising soaps – try and find a mild moisturising soap or body wash when bathing.
Stay hydrated – make sure your whole body is hydrated by drinking plenty or water throughout the day.
Protect your feet from the hard environment – wearing suitable footwear with socks can reduce the external environment from stealing the much need moisture from your skin. Natural fibres can also maintain good temperature and moisture control. Enclosed heels can reduce drying and cracking of the heels.
Treat underlying condition – If there is a diagnosed condition. Treating this can help. If it is a skin condition diagnosed by dermatologists they will often use a corticosteroid cream.
Hair, skin and nail supplements – can improve any dietary deficiencies. But results can vary.
Well balanced diet – including essential fatty acids
Socks, strapping or padding – there is a variety of socks and gel products that can be used to help keep skin soft and cracking together. They are often found in chemist or from your local Narellan podiatrist.
If skin is already thick and cracked it may need to be debrided by a podiatrist before treatment can be taken place. Self-management may not be enough to make home treatment successful.