Treating dry feet


At first unsightly and uncomfortable, dry feet can become painful when cracks appear. To avoid these inconveniences, it is necessary to practice regular care.

The scrub

To benefit from the action of moisturizers, it is necessary to eliminate dead cells in certain areas of the foot where they thicken the skin and form horns. The exfoliation can be carried out using products in the form of a cream (Akileïne exfoliation, Scholl exfoliation cream, PédiRelax rough areas, etc.) or masks (Xérial Peel exfoliating mask, Mercurochrome Pedi-Peeling, etc.), but also using a file , a manual or electric rasp, or a pumice stone (always on damp skin).

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Good use

A foot bath of about ten minutes with lukewarm water before the scrub softens the skin and facilitates the elimination of dead skin.

Disadvantage

Too frequent use, more than once a week, produces the opposite effect from that expected because it attacks the skin which reacts by producing more horn to protect itself.

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Moisturizers

• Hydration is essential to restore elasticity and suppleness to the skin.

• The products used combine moisturizing, emollient and soothing active ingredients such as petroleum jelly, lanolin, glycerin, vegetable oils (sweet almond, avocado, shea butter, etc.). The addition of a keratolytic agent such as urea or salicylic acid promotes desquamation of the stratum corneum.

Good use

Apply daily in gentle massages to the entire foot, insisting on the sole and heel until the product is completely absorbed so that the skin is not sticky.

Disadvantage

The presence of cream between the toes promotes maceration, itself a source of infection. To avoid.

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Prevention

• Wash your feet daily with mild soap and dry them well.

• Choose comfortable shoes and prefer soft leather or natural materials to synthetics.

• Eliminate seams that promote friction. Likewise for the socks.

• Avoid wearing shoes that are open at the back, without a buttress (flip-flops, sandals, slides, etc.) which further expose the foot to aggression.

• Drink at least 1.5 liters of water per day.

Restorative care

Lack of care or a very severe dryness can lead to the formation of sometimes deep cracks leading to pain, bleeding or complications such as superinfection. With a restorative aim, the specific treatments (Cicabiafine repairing balm cracks, Cicaleïne balm cracks and cracks…) stimulate the regeneration of the skin and accelerate its healing thanks to substances such as hyaluronic acid or panthenol. Liquid dressings of the Mercurochrome type liquid dressing for crevices or Urgo Filmogel for crevices, on drying, form an insulating film which fills the crevices, protects against attacks and promotes healing.

Good use

For even more effectiveness, apply the treatment before bedtime, then put on cotton socks and leave on overnight.

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When to consult?

• In case of diabetes or vascular problems in the lower limbs.

• If the crevices hurt, become infected or bleed.

• In case of wounds.

• An annual visit to a pedicure-podiatrist is recommended, especially for the elderly because skin dryness increases with age.

To know

Constantly used, the foot is subjected to many pressures and constraints. Faced with these attacks, the skin dries up and reacts with the proliferation of cells in the outermost layer of the epidermis, the horny layer, which will thicken and form the horn.

The feet are practically devoid of sebaceous glands whose secretion, sebum, nourishes and protects the skin.

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