Dermatologists Say Baking Soda Removes Calluses From Your Feet!
What are calluses?
The dry, hard and often thick patches of foot skin are a result of an accumulation of keratin, a protein produced by skin to protect it against friction. Repeated friction on sensitive areas of the feet causes skin to form this hard protective layer of keratin. Calluses, which can appear on the sides of toes and bottoms of soles tend to get worse with each passing year because of moisture loss in skin as we age, says podiatrist Suzanne Levine, D.P.M.
These patches of thick skin are notoriously difficult to get rid of. Unlike traditional removal methods that use harsh chemicals or abrasive scrubbing techniques to treat calluses, mildly exfoliating and moisturizing baking soda soaks are gentle, natural and effective at removing the rough patches – for good!
Why is a baking soda foot soak effective at removing calluses?
Baking soda (or sodium bicarbonate) has a variety of uses when it comes to skincare. Some people mix it with equal parts water and use it as a spot treatment to eliminate stubborn acne or massage it onto damp skin to nix flakiness. “Unlike many common chemical exfoliants, baking soda is not acidic or rough, so it’s the perfect exfoliant for sensitive skin,” says Ted Lain, M.D., a dermatologist in Austin, Texas. “It won’t cause scratches or burning.” Instead, the exfoliating powder gently whisks away dead cells while balancing skin’s pH to relieve dryness that comes along with issues like parched and flaky or callused skin.
Relaxing in a baking soda foot bath will help to soften hard, dry calluses and reduce their appearance over time, and is a much easier method than painfully scrubbing away at them with an abrasive pumice stone or foot file.
Because of its alkaline in nature, the white powder helps neutralize foot odor while also absorbing sweat – like a detox for your feet so they’ll smell
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