Skin Care Q&A: Calluses & Dry Skin

Callus-FreeWinter and dry conditions can make hands and feet rough and callused.  Fortunately, there are a variety of treatments that can help make your hands and feet soft and callus-free again.  Calluses often form because of improperly fitted shoes and poor weight distribution.  In some cases, orthotics and properly fit shoes can help diminish calluses on feet.

What Is The Best Way To Cleanse Hands?

Cleansing with harsh soaps can cause hands to become callused and dry.  Use mild cleansers and soaps and make sure you rinse thoroughly and dry completely.

What Is The Best Way To Cleanse Feet?

Remember to wash your feet while in the shower.  Use a mild body wash to thoroughly wash your feet, including in between your toes.  If you do not shower prior to bed, wash your feet and apply a moisturizer prior to bed.

What Is The Best Moisturizer For Dry Hands And Feet?

Dry hands and feet can be effectively moisturized with the use of over-the-counter lotions and creams designed for dry skin.  In addition, some individuals find that applying coconut oil to callused hands, nails, feet and elbows twice daily hydrates skin.  For extremely dry and rough feet, wash feet before bed, apply moisturizer, and cover with socks.  The natural heat from your feet, and the moisturizer will help to rehydrate dry skin.

How Do I Remove Dry Skin And Calluses From My Hands?

It is just as important to exfoliate your hands as it is your face.  Dry skin accumulates on hands, just as it does on other areas of the body, and it is essential to remove the dead skin so that you can properly moisturizer.  Prior to going to bed each night, wash your hands thoroughly with a body scrub, and rinse with warm water.  Leave hands a bit moist and immediately apply your favorite lotion.

How Do I Remove Dry Skin and Calluses From My Feet?

callusesCalluses and dry skin on the soles of your feet, heels and toes is a challenge.  Exfoliating is ideal to remove dead skin, but calluses are a different challenge.  Regular pedicures can help manage calluses, however this is not recommended for individuals with diabetes.  If you have diabetes and you have rough dry feet, visit a podiatrist to have calluses removed.  A great at home callus removal practice includes soaking your feet in 8 cups of water with 2 cups of apple cider vinegar.  Allow feet to soak for 15-20 minutes and then pat dry.  Use a pumice stone or pedicure stone to remove calluses.  Never cut them with scissors, or shave them, as this can lead to infections and pain.

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Kathleen McCoy is professional beauty, education and healthcare analyst and writer. A University of Maryland graduate, Kathleen has traveled and studied extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America covering skin care and natural beauty techniques from around the globe.

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