February 19, 2010

Causes And Remedies For Peeling Skin On Feet

Posted in Category : Natural Cures

There are several skin conditions that can lead to peeling of skin from the feet. Most of these are perfectly harmless and are caused by excessively dry skin. For example, eczema is a non-contagious skin condition that causes dark patches of scaly skin on the feet, which then peel off. This is usually painless though some patients may experience some itching. Another explanation could be psoriasis, a chronic skin condition that causes similar symptoms. Healthy skin normally sheds dead skin cells and replaces them with new cells, with skin completely regenerated in around a month.

Psoriasis causes the skin to regenerate at almost double this rate, causing an excess of dead skin cells on the surface of skin. This dead skin then peels off. Psoriasis also causes a burning sensation and itching in the affected region. Most cases of peeling feet due to dry skin also get worse in cold weather, since the skin loses more moisture in cold. Luckily, treatment for dry skin is simple and is aimed at moisturizing the dry area. If you are suffering from dry skin, try massaging a moisturizing cream on your feet every night. However, it is best to visit a dermatologist for a professional diagnosis, since some skin conditions can lead to serious complications.


Peeling feet can also be one of the symptoms of a fungal or bacterial infection. Again, dry skin is more at risk, since it can suffer from tiny cracks that allow infections to set in. Other risk factors include improper footwear, excessive sweating, and low hygiene. You can minimize the risk of an infection by avoiding enclosed shoes that trap moisture and sweat. This creates a hot, humid climate that is ideal for many bacteria and fungi. Try using natural fibers such as cotton instead of acrylic socks, since cotton can “breathe” better. Avoid using any deodorants containing alcohol, which makes skin even drier. If your skin condition is caused by a fungal infection, such as athlete’s foot, use an over-the-counter anti-fungal powder. Try using soap products with moisturizer or glycerin to wash feet and then dry thoroughly. Try a short, five-minute foot soak in lukewarm water with sea salts and tea tree oil. This is a good preventative measure thanks to the antimicrobial properties of tea tree oil. You can also use aloe vera or vinegar as effective substitutes. Avoid hot water and prolonged immersion in water, since these can dry up skin. Try to avoid dehydrating agents such as alcohol and drink plenty of water.