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How to Treat Peeling Skin on Feet

author image Heather Topham Wood
Heather Topham Wood is a seasoned writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including USA Today, Gadgetell, Feel Rich and Step in Style. Heather is a published novelist with six Amazon bestsellers and a contract through Crescent Moon Press. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from TCNJ.
How to Treat Peeling Skin on Feet
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There are several causes of peeling skin on the feet. If you have dry skin, the heels of your foot can thicken and crack when pressure is applied. In the case of sunburn on the feet, peeling can occur as your skin heels from the damage. Skin conditions such as fungal infections and psoriasis can trigger peeling on the feet, as well. Avoid peeling off the skin on your foot since this can increase your risk of bleeding and infection.

Step 1

Use an oil-based moisturizer on your feet twice a day. Use the product after showering while the skin is still wet, to better lock in moisture.

Step 2

Wear shoes with supportive insoles. If you have dry skin, wearing the wrong shoes can increase your chance of making the cracks in the foot worse. Avoid shoes with open backs and footwear that is too tight. Additionally, avoid periods of prolonged standing, which puts excessive amounts of weight on your feet. Take a break for a few minutes every couple of hours of standing.

Step 3

Apply aloe vera lotion to your feet if the peeling is caused by sunburn. Aloe vera lotion is sold over the counter and can help soothe the area while also keeping it well moisturized. Avoid exposing your feet to the sun while they are healing.

Step 4

Speak to your doctor. If dry skin or sun damage is not causing your peeling feet, you might need to be treated for a skin disorder. Fungal infections can cause the skin on feet to peel and require the topical application of an anti-fungal medication. If psoriasis is causing the peeling, a topical steroid or retinoid might be recommended.

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