How to remove dead skin from feet

How to remove dead skin from feet

It is common to have cracked, dry, and rough feet.  We have fewer oil glands in our feet than the other parts of our body and also suffer wear and tear more than others.

We always neglect the care and moisturizing of our feet, leading to the build-up of dead skin cells. Since our feet are always covered in shoes and socks the dead skin which is formed in our feet results in cracked, dry, or loose.

Similarly, it mainly occurs on our heels side, between our toes, and side of the feet. It’s usually itchy and can be painful too when it results in eczema, athlete’s foot, and other infection. If that’s the situation you have to see the doctor for treatment.

Otherwise, you can get rid of it simply at home using cosmetics or other home remedies since it is not harmful.

You can get rid of the dead skin by regularly scrubbing, exfoliating, and moisturizing your feet.

Here we provide some of the tips to remove your dead skin from your feet.

How to remove dead skin from feet?

Dead skin can be removed at home easily. The following tips can be used to remove dead skin from feet.

Use Pumice stone

Pumice Stone

Pumice stone is a natural lava stone that is popularly used to remove your dead skin and callouses from your feet. You can follow the following steps to see the best result.

  • Soak your feet in warm water for 15-20 minutes also dip the pumice lava stone in warm water
  • If you are wondering how to use a pumice stone, rub it in a circular or a sideways on your feet to remove dead skin from your feet
  • Ensure that not to remove the entire area of dead skin(it will help you to boost healthy cell turnover) but only focus on removing the top layer of the skin
  • Help yourself with cream or oil to soften your feet after the completion of removing the top layer of dead skin

Note: Never use a pumice stone if you have cracked skin or injuries on your skin.

Use paraffin wax

Paraffin wax is very useful to remove dead skin and helps you to have softer and smooth feet. It is usually used by salons after pedicures as an add-on. Before using paraffin wax, it should be melted at around 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Note: The temperature of the wax must be enough to be effective and ensure that it must not be too much hot since it can burn or irritate your skin. After application of it wrap it with plastic and after the wax hardens remove the plastic. The dead skin will be removed along with plastic.

Individuals must not use paraffin wax if they have cuts, open sores, or rash. If you’re trying it at home by yourself you should make sure to warm the wax at the perfect temperature that will not harm your skin.

How to remove dead skin from feet home remedies?

Here are some of the tips to be used at home for removing dead skin from your feet.

Scrubbing your foot using foot scrubs

You can get foot scrubs commonly at every pharmacy and drugstore. Get the foot scrub that contains granules because it will help you to remove dead skin. Foot scrubs will help you to exfoliate your dead skin cell. It can be directly applied to your feet using your hand, sponge, or scrub brush. Afterward, rinse your feet with warm water and apply lotion.

Use vinegar

Vinegar Scaled

Soaking your feet in vinegar water helps you to soften your feet, removes your dead skin, and also repairs your cracked feet. You can prefer any type of vinegar present in your kitchen. Mix one part of vinegar with two parts of cool water and soak your feet for 5 to 10 minutes. You have to use cool water because hot water will dry out your skin. After taking out your feet from the water apply lotion on them and wear socks, this will help you to lock in moisture.

Soak your feet in Epsom salt

Epsom Salt Scaled

Epsom salt is really useful to remove dead skin. It is a crystal form of magnesium sulfate and is a mineral compound. Here is a procedure to make Epsom salt water.

  1. First of all, take one and a half cups of Epsom salt in a tub of warm water or a full cup of it for a tub full of water
  2. Soak your feet on it for 15 to 20 minutes
  3. Lastly, you can use a foot scrub or pumice stone to remove dead skin from your feet

You can also make your own bath scrub by taking a handful of Epsom salt with a tablespoon of oil. You can rub this scrub on your feet with the help of your hands or also scrub. And rinse it but before washing it try to remove dead skin as much as possible. Apart from helping you with the removal of dead skin, it will also improve blood circulation.

How to remove dead skin from feet using baking soda?

Baking Soda

Baking soda is used commonly at home to remove dead skin but dermatologists suggest not to use it because it will disrupt the pH balance of your skin which leads to redness in your skin, irritates your skin, and also drys out your skin. If you have sensitive skin we suggest you not use baking soda. Here is the procedure to use baking soda to remove dead skin from feet.

  • Take 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda in a full footbath of warm water
  • Soak your feet in the solution for 10-20 minutes
  • Use a pumice stone or brush to remove dead skin

If you feel irritation and notice redness on your skin while soaking your feet in solution remove your feet immediately from it.

How to remove dead skin from feet without pumice stone?


If you don’t want to use pumice stone while removing dead skin from your feet you can always use loofah as a substitute. Loofah is a natural exfoliator but you must be careful not to use it roughly on your skin. But it is always safe than using other products as an alternative.

How to get rid of dead skin on feet with Listerine?

Listerine Scaled

Here we provide the procedure to use Listerine to get rid of dead skin.

  • Mix one-fourth cup of Listerine, one-fourth cup of vinegar, and 1/2 cup of warm water
  • Soak your feet in the mixture for 10 minutes and wipe it off

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