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Top 7 Home Remedies for Foot Skin Peeling

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 26 Apr 2016 - 12:02


Foot peeling is commonly observed in many people, especially those with dry skin. When the skin of your feet dries out, it results in peeling and painful cracking, commonly known as ‘heel fissures’. The open skin allows easy access for bacteria that can worsen the condition, causing infections. While the peeling of the skin prompts you to pick on it, this can only aggravate the risk of an infection or bleeding

Understanding human skin anatomy gives you a better idea of this problem. Human skin is made of 3 layers: the epidermis, which is the outer layer of the skin covering the exterior body surface of vertebrates; the dermis, which is the deep vascular inner layer of the skin and the hypodermis, which is the innermost layer of the skin. Every 28 days, the epidermis is replaced with new skin and during this time the dead skin starts to peel off, which is a natural part of the healing process.

However, besides the regular shedding of the skin, the peeling on the feet can be further affected by external factors such as exposure to the sun for a prolonged time and the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays that damage the top layer. There are various causes for acute foot skin peeling.

Causes of foot peeling skin: Some common factors that can cause the skin on your feet to peel and flake are:

  • Dry skin (lacking moisture)
  • Athletes foot
  • Skin burn
  • Fungal infection
  • Peeling skin syndrome
  • Trench foot
  • Dermatitis
  • Skin build up
  • Environmental factors
  • Side effects of certain medication
  • Extreme weather conditions
  • Ringworm
  • A weak immune system
  • Allergy reaction
  • Skin conditions such as psoriasis and fungal infections
  • Skin rashes or infections
  • Certain types of cancer

Peeling of skin is not a critical condition and can vanish on its own. However, some home remedies can speed up the healing process, smoothen the skin and reduce the pain and discomfort.

  • Moisturize your feet:  Keep moisturizing your feet throughout the day and right before hitting the bed. Apply a petroleum jelly or moisturizing cream on your feet to add moisture and cover them with soft cotton socks. You can also use vegetable oil or olive oil instead of lotion to derive the same benefit. Olive oil contains skin nourishing fatty acids that work as an excellent moisturizer for dry skin. Slightly warm up olive oil and gently massage the oil on the affected foot so that the oil penetrates deep inside the skin. After washing your feet, make sure that you are moisturizing it again.
  • Aloe vera: Aloe vera contains cooling and healing properties that helps reduce inflammation, itching, irritation and peeling of skin. The fresh and pure gel taken from aloe plants provides instant relief due to its cooling effects. Just mix 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel with a little vitamin E oil on the affected foot and allow it to dry on its own. Later rinse off with warm water. Repeat this 2-3 times each day for at least 7 days. Instead of gel you can also use aloe vera lotions, which is easily available over the counter. The aloe vera lotion works best if the peeling is caused due to fungal infections or sunburn.
  • Milk: Milk acts as natural skin moisturizer and is very effective for treating feet with peeled skin. This remedy works best due to protein and lactic acid in milk, which helps alleviate irritation and itching. Douse a washcloth in ice-cold whole milk and put it on the affected foot for about 10 minutes and then wash the skin with clean water. Repeat the same process 2-3 times regularly until your skin is healthy again. Alternatively, you can also mix 2 tablespoons of whole milk and 1 tablespoon of honey and apply this mixture on the affected skin and massage gently and leave it for about 5- 10 minutes before rinsing it with warm water.
  • Cucumber: Cucumber usually taken in form of salad has rich watery source and acts as a natural astringent that helps get rid of itching and irritation. Cucumber also has good amount of vitamin C, which will help reduce sunburn and facilitate skin repair. Make a fine paste of cucumber and aloe vera gel and apply the paste on the peeling skin. Keep it on for about 10 minutes and then wash off with warm water. Do this once daily to maintain adequate skin moisture.
  • Clean your feet: Clean your feet regularly with a solution consisting of warm water, half a cup of vinegar and two teaspoons of salt. This will clear up any skin peeling condition including your foot. However, be careful not to over wash your feet, as this can result in drying of the feet and skin peeling.
  • Castor oil: Castor oil is one of the safest and effective remedies to treat skin conditions. It penetrates deep inside the skin and helps to balance moisture. Apply castor oil on the peeled skin and rub for couple of minutes. You can keep repeating this until your skin feels soft and supple.
  • Papaya: The papaya skin has antioxidant effect which works very well on the dry  peeling skin. Tie the affected foot peeled skin with a cotton cloth with mashed papaya or rub the inside of the papaya skin on the feet to exfoliate dry skin and remove dead skin cells.

Tips to prevent peeling skin on feet:

  • Inspect your feet regularly to check for the signs of fungus present in between your toes
  • Avoid soaking up your feet in acidic solutions that cause excess dryness on your skin, which can result in peeling of the foot.
  • Change your socks and shoes regularly
  • Treat the fungal infections and warts on the feet on time.

In addition to the foot skin peeling, if you experience any of the below mentioned symptoms, consult your physician immediately, as it can lead to serious health disorder:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fever
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Constant fatigue
  • General ill health



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