How to get rid of dead skin on feet?

Dead skin on feet is a common ailment. Every day, our feet do a lot of work from simply walking around and running errands. At some point, most people develop at least some issues with dry, cracked feet.

Dead or dry skin on the feet can be caused by a variety of factors including exercises like running, a lack of moisture to the feet, and medical conditions like athlete’s foot, eczema, or other infections.

While such conditions are usually not serious, they can be irritating and sometimes quite painful. Dry, cracked feet can even make it difficult to engage in daily activities that require walking. We understand how important it is to find effective ways to remove dead skin from feet.

If you're looking for ways to remove dry skin from your feet, you have some options, most of which you can easily do from your own home.

Pumice Stones

Pumice stones, which can be purchased online or in most pharmacies, are natural lava stones with a rough surface that helps to remove calluses and dry skin from the feet.

To use a pumice stone, soak your feet up to 10 minutes to soften the skin. Then, dip the pumice stone in water and rub it over your foot in a circular or sideways motion.

Make sure only to rub enough to remove the top layer of skin. Make sure to moisturize your feet after using a pumice stone.

We recommend Delfina Dry Skin Oil, which both acts as a moisturizer in addition to preventing dry and cracked skin, eczema, and psoriasis..


One downside to pumice stones is that it can take a long time both to prepare your feet and to rub dead skin off your feet, particularly if your skin is very dry. 

Exfoliate

When you exfoliate, you remove dead skin skin cells using exfoliating scrubs. You can find exfoliating scrubs made specifically for feet at many pharmacies and salons.  

To treat dead skin on your feet, apply the scrub to your feet for 20 to 30 minutes. Then, use a foot brush or body sponge to work the scrub into your feet to remove dead skin and calluses.

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Rinse with warm water, dry your feet, and apply lotion or foot cream.

As with pumice stones, exfoliating may take a long time for very dry feet.

Foot Soaks

Foot soaks can also be great dead skin removers.

You can buy foot and bath soaks from a store or make your own. You can, for example, add a cup of Epsom salt to a bathtub filled with water.

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Or, make a vinegar soak with one parts vinegar and two parts water. Some people find lemon juice helps in a foot soak, but keep in mind lemon can irritate any cuts or open sores on your feet.

Soak your feet in your chosen liquid for five to 10 minutes. Then, use a foot brush or body sponge to gently rub any dead skin off your feet.

As always, rinse and dry your feet afterwards and apply a moisturizer.

Natural Oils

If you’re looking for natural products to treat dead skin on feet, we recommend Delfina Dry Skin Oil.

The formula was developed decades ago by a physician in Armenia before making its way to the United States. Delfina Dry Skin Oil penetrates skin layers to stimulate hydration and nutrition, treating the underlying causes of skin dehydration.  

Delfina is quick and easy to use. All you have to do is spray the affected area twice a day for the first 14 days and then once a week afterwards.

Learn more about how Delfina works here and see before-and-after pictures from other cracked heels sufferers here.

Moisturize Regularly

Keeping your feet well moisturized not only treats dead skin on feet; it helps prevent it as well.

Pick a quality moisturizer that won’t irritate your skin further. Look for options without added fragrances, alcohol, or artificial colors and ingredients. Moisturizers that contain plant-based oil and butter, aloe vera, and coconut oil can be effective on dry feet. Delfina also acts as a moisturizer, so regular use can prevent dry skin on the feet and other parts of the body.

If your feet are particularly prone to dryness, consider investing in moisturizing socks. Moisturizing socks are gel-lined and contain oils and vitamins that help repair dry or damaged skin. You can wear them to bed overnight or around your house.

Conclusion

There are many ways to remove dead skin cells or calluses on feet. It’s normal to develop dry skin or cracked heels from time to time, but most people find effective treatment with some trial and error.  

While dead skin on feet is usually not a major medical concern, any signs of infection – like drainage or unusual changes in skin color – should be evaluated by a medical professional. Most people, however, can treat dry or cracked skin on their own.  

We understand dry or cracked skin can be painful and prevent mobility. We are always here to help people find the right treatment option to remove dead skin. Do not hesitate to reach out to us directly if you have any questions about treatment options, including Delfina Dry Skin Oil.