August 26, 2018 Pat Turnbull

Is exfoliation food for your feet?

A patient asks:
Is it dangerous to regularly exfoliate the soles of my feet. Are there certain products that are better to use than others, for example pumice stone rather than metal/steel exfoliating tools?

It isn’t dangerous to exfoliate your feet, it is good for them. A weekly treatment will keep them soft and smooth. Gentle exfoliation is the removal of dead cells from the skins outer layer – the epidermis.

When washing your feet, start with a baby soft nail brush. I would avoid metal or steel files which are too harsh on the soles of your feet. I suggest a Loofah which is a fruit, dried, peeled and seeded – the rough fibrous texture is wonderful for exfoliating. You can also use Pumice stone to smooth away hard skin; their texture does vary so avoid those that are very abrasive.

I make my own foot rub from mixing olive oil, a tbsp. of salt, 2-3 drops of lavender oil or your favourite essence then add a mashed banana. Leave for 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water then moisturize well.

Beware of over- the- counter peels as many contain acid usually salicylic acid.

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