Last reviewed by Dr. Raj MD on January 12th, 2022.
Do you have Dead skin on your feet? Find out the causes, removal techniques and Home made remedy to get rid of it.
Your feet are subjected to a lot of use seven days a week, 365 days a year. You wear sandals, flip-flops, go barefoot, cover them with socks, wear heels, wear panty hose, etc. Many times what you choose to put on your feet does not give them time to breathe and as a result they can become a breeding ground for bacteria, which can result in many foot problems along with smelly feet. There is also a lot of dead skin on your feet. The two seasons that you will find more dead skin on feet are during the winter season and the rainy season. If you are a diabetic you should not try to remove dead skin on feet at home as their feet are susceptible to dangerous foot infections. Their physician or a specialist should take care of the dead skin on feet.
Causes of Dead Skin on Feet
In addition to your feet not getting enough air there are also other reasons that you might have dead skin on feet, such as:
- Constantly being dipped in water, which can cause your feet to lose their natural oils, making your skin scaly and dry, and increasing the dead skin on feet.
- Taking long hot baths or showers can also deprive your feet of its natural oils
- Using too harsh of a soap can lead to layers of dead skin on feet because the harsh soap can dry out your skin.
- Exposure to the outside atmosphere
- Dryness(Dry Sockets)
- Having dry skin since you were born
Removal of Dead Skin on Feet
Picture – Removal of dead skin from your feet
It is important that when you remove dead skin from feet that you do it correctly. If it is not done correctly it could cause you to develop thick skin on your feet, the formation of warts and foot corns. With these treatments to get rid of dead skin on feet it is best if they are done before you go to bed so your feet will have time to soak in the moisturizing cream or oils you have put on them.
Even if you are not soaking your feet you should still take time to wash them and massage. Here are some ways in which you can remove dead skin from feet at home.
- Fill a tub half full with hot water that is bearable to your feet and will not cause burns on your feet. Add some white vinegar and soak your feet for approximately twenty to thirty minutes. While your skin is still soft gently scrap the dead skin on feet off with a loofa or pumice stone. Once you have the dead skin removed apply almond oil or some thick moisturizer as these contain moisturizing properties to make your feet feel smooth. While moisturizing your feet also massage them and then cover with socks.
- You can also use plain hot water to soak your feet until they are soft and then use a foot shaver to shave the dead skin on feet off. If you have a lot of dead skin you may need to clean the shaver often. To smooth your feet after shaving off the dead skin use a pumice stone and then wash your feet off. Apply a skin moisturizer or baby lotion and let them rest while you sleep
- After soaking your feet in hot water for thirty minutes use a homemade foot scrub on them to get rid of dead skin on feet. You can make a foot scrub by mixing some sea salt and sugar in raw milk. Use this scrub to exfoliate your skin and when done wash your feet in cold water and pat dry. Apply some rich foot moisturizing cream
- Use a combination of lemon juice and hot water to soak your feet to make them soft enough to remove the dead skin on feet.
- You can also use Epsom salt and hot water for a foot soak
You can also go to a spa for a professional pedicure once a month for them to remove the dead skin and give your feet a massage.
Home remedy for Dead Skin on Feet
Before you use these homemade foot scrubs to get rid of dead skin on feet make sure that you have washed and soaked your feet first to make your skin softer and easier to get rid of the dead skin on feet.
- Sea salt scrub — you will need a cup of sea salt, a half-cup of cold water, and a couple of drops of lavender essential oil. Mix the sea salt and lavender oil and then add enough water to make a paste. You do not want it too solid or too liquid. Using circular motions rub your feet with the scrub for five to ten minutes, and then rinse off with warm water. Pat dry and if you want you can moisturize your feet.
- Overnight foot mask — you will need a fourth cup of both oatmeal and almonds along with two tablespoons honey and three tablespoons cocoa butter that is food grade. Grind the almonds in a blender until finely ground and set aside, and then grind the oatmeal to the same consistency as the almonds. Combine the oatmeal, almonds, honey, and cocoa butter in a bowl and rub it on your feet. Once dry put on a pair of cotton socks and leave on overnight. Rinse your feet off in cool water the next morning when you are in the shower. To avoid any messes do not remove your socks until you are in the shower or tub. Pat your feet dry. You do not need to moisturize your feet as the cocoa butter has done that overnight.
- The oatmeal and almonds are gentle on your skin and act as exfoliators. The honey has antibacterial properties.
- Coffee foot scrub — you will need four tablespoons of ground fresh coffee, three tablespoons of ground oatmeal or cornmeal, three tablespoons of almond or olive oil, two drops of lavender oil, and three tablespoons of sea salt or Epsom salt. Mix all the ingredients together and using a circular motion scrub your feet. Rinse your feet off with warm water and pat dry.