Causes of Dry Feet

Source: flickr.com user Ivana Vasilj
Source: flickr.com user Ivana Vasilj

Do you suffer from dry, cracked feet? You may think that the dry skin on your feet is from nothing but lack of hydration; however, oftentimes, dry feet are actually a symptom of a bigger condition or lifestyle choice. Here’s a look at the top five causes of dry feet, and how you can get smoother, softer skin.

Psoriasis
Officially classified as an autoimmune disorder, psoriasis is often paired with other conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Symptoms of psoriasis include dry skin, itchy skin, and a buildup of dry skin cells which cause the skin to become cracked and thick.

Psoriasis doesn’t have any one official cause, but research shows that genetics, stress, injury, and certain medications may trigger a psoriasis outbreak. Psoriasis can appear anywhere on the body, but is often found on the feet, especially on the heels. It can become very uncomfortable and even painful. Psoriasis on the feet can also make sufferers too uncomfortable to wear socks, or too embarrassed to wear sandals. 

Extreme Temperature
One of the external causes of dry feet is extreme temperature. Cold, dry weather (think blustery winter weather) and hot, dry weather are the main culprits, but even modern climate control like heating and air can make skin dry and flaky. Using a humidifier may help to reduce the effects of weather on the skin, though only a topical solution will greatly improve comfort levels.

Hot Water
Similar to extreme temperatures, hot water is brutal on dry skin. Taking a hot bath or shower may feel great, but the water will wear away the skin’s natural lipids. This allows hydration to escape from the skin, and inhibits future moisture accumulation and protection. Instead of using hot water, try a 15-minute stint with warm water.

In addition to hot water, swimming in chlorinated water will cause similar damage to the lipid layer. You’ll feel the effects of a chlorine pool as soon as you exit, both in your skin and your hair. If you swim in chlorine, make sure to bathe in warm water (not hot!) with a gentle cleanser as soon as you can.

Diabetes
Those who suffer from diabetes know how it can affect the skin on the feet. Diabetes causes damage to the nerves in the legs and feet, including the nerves that control oil and moisture production. This leads to dry, cracked, and peeling skin on the feet. 

If your dry skin issues are related to diabetes, the main treatment should be focused on the diabetes itself and not the skin. However, caring for the skin to improve comfort is also important. Just remember to never soak your feet in hot water (this will worsen dry skin), and do not apply oils or creams between the toes to avoid causing infection such as athlete’s foot.

Lack of Care
This one’s a bit obvious, but it deserves a mention. If you don’t care for the skin on your feet, it will dry out — just like anywhere else on your body. No lipid layer is perfect, so help your skin out a little by applying a daily moisturizer.

If you’re at a loss for what to use, Atopalm has the answer for you. All of these dry skin causes may be very different, but they all have one thing in common: they can all be treated or helped with Atopalm’s Moisturizing Foot and Heel Balm.

Formulated with Atopalm’s patented MLE technology, Moisturizing Foot and Heel balm actually replenishes the skin’s lipid layer using plant-derived ingredients. The product also features natural oils and extracts to soothe discomfort and soften the skin, leading to a healthier look and feel. With regular use, dry, cracked skin is eradicated, and future moisture loss is reduced thanks to a replenished lipid layer.

You can WIN Moisturizing Foot and Heel balm this week over on our Twitter account! Simply visit AtopalmUSA‘s page, follow us, and tweet at us to tell us where your feet will take you this summer. You’ll not only be entered to win this product, but you’ll also earn an extra entry to our Mega Giveaway which will be unveiled at the end of the month!

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