Knowing about hard skin (also known as calluses) is important – especially if they’re giving you trouble in your daily life. Read on to know the top five facts about the right hard skin treatment in this guide.
- It may just be a build-up of hard skin but it can be uncomfortable!
The skin on our feet may not be as delicate as that on our faces, for instance, but it can only take so much pressure despite its toughness. Naturally, the skin needs to toughen (forming keratosis) to defend the foot’s structure and its own health.
However, excessive intermittent pressure over a period of time, or repeated friction, causes the skin to thicken too much, a condition also known as hyperkeratosis.
- Hard skin tends to form in two particular areas of the foot
While calluses can also form on the hands, they’re most frequently found on the ball or heel of the foot. The ball of the foot takes the majority of your weight when walking or standing, and the heel is often subject to rubbing from ill-fitting footwear.
- Regularly remove your hard skin:
We all get some amount of hard skin, however some people tend to get more thickened hard skin while others don’t. The key to it not becoming a painful problem is to make sure it doesn’t build up over time. Check your feet every week and file away excessive hard skin that you find with an electronic hard skin remover like the Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi with Diamond Crystals.
- Keep your feet moisturized:
If your feet feel dry, treat them with a salve or moisturiser, such as the Scholl Foot Care Dry Skin Recovery Cream. To optimize the effect, apply the cream after you’ve had a bath or shower, when the skin will be much softer and more amenable to absorb the cream.
- Is it a corn? Is it a callus?
They can look similar to corns, but calluses are oval-shaped, with a thickened and yellowish appearance. They also produce a burning sensation – this is more discomfort than pain – whereas corns give a sharp pain because the hard nucleus presses against nerve endings.
So, is there a solution?
In terms of prevention, getting the right fit in your footwear is crucial. Make sure you have room between your big toe and the tip of the shoe and consider shoe shopping later in the day (late noon or early evening is best), when your feet will be at their biggest - they tend to swell through the day as you walk[i].
For an effortless, safe and quick way to keep on top of hard skin build up, try the Scholl’s Velvet Smooth Express Pedi with Diamond Crystals. This ingenious tool has a rotating micralumina roller with diamond crystals at high speed to gently buff away tough skin. It also features three different heads for differing thickness of skin.