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How to Get Rid of Dead Skin on Feet

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author image Rose Kivi
Rose Kivi has been a writer for more than 10 years. She has a background in the nursing field, wildlife rehabilitation and habitat conservation. Kivi has authored educational textbooks, patient health care pamphlets, animal husbandry guides, outdoor survival manuals and was a contributing writer for two books in the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Series.
How to Get Rid of Dead Skin on Feet
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Dry, scaly feet are a common problem. Feet are subjected to daily abuse, from undergoing the pressure of walking to being exposed to the elements. You can remove dead skin from your feet by performing a nightly foot treatment at home. This at-home dry skin foot treatment is not recommended for diabetics. Diabetics are susceptible to dangerous foot infections, and should treat dry skin and other foot conditions under medical supervision.

Step 1

How to Get Rid of Dead Skin on Feet
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Soak your feet in warm water for 20 minutes before bedtime to soften the dead skin.

Step 2

How to Get Rid of Dead Skin on Feet
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Scrub the dead skin on your feet with a pumice stone, using gentle back-and-forth motions to remove the skin. A pumice stone is a porous volcanic rock you can buy in the foot care section at drugstores and beauty supply stores. If you have a lot of dead skin on your feet, you won't be able to remove it all in one sitting. Remove as much as you can without causing pain; repeat the process again the next day.

Step 3

How to Get Rid of Dead Skin on Feet
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Rinse the dead skin off your feet under cool running water.

Step 4

How to Get Rid of Dead Skin on Feet
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Rinse the dead skin off the pumice stone under cool running water. Place the pumice stone in an open area where it can air dry. Some pumice stones have a built-in loop attached to them, so you can hang them up to dry.

Step 5

How to Get Rid of Dead Skin on Feet
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Pat your feet dry with a towel.

Step 6

How to Get Rid of Dead Skin on Feet
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Massage generous amounts of foot cream onto your feet. Rub your fingertips in a circular motion along your feet, to rub in the cream and to promote blood circulation. Purchase foot creams marketed for dry feet -- these creams contain heavy moisturizers and ingredients to promote the shedding of dry skin cells. Look for products recommended by the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Step 7

How to Get Rid of Dead Skin on Feet
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Put on a pair of cotton or wool socks to hold the moisture in your skin. In the morning, your skin should be smoother and more moisturized.

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