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Xerosis – How to Manage Dry Feet and Skin

Xerosis, also referred to as dry skin, can appear on any part of your body, including your feet. Xerosis can appear as itchy, tight-feeling skin that is flaking off or feeling rough.

This condition can be caused by multiple factors: age, climate, skin disease, your job, or even swimming. As you get older, your skin will become thinner and drier. To help prevent this from happening, use a daily moisturizer and make sure you drink plenty of water. If you live in a dry climate such as the desert, moisturizer and water can also help prevent Xerosis. Jobs such as nurses, hair stylists, or if your job requires you to get your skin wet frequently, can also be prone to having Xerosis. People with these jobs can try to combat Xerosis by using a heavy moisturizer (when they are able to) and frequently reapplying it throughout the day. Unfortunately, people who have eczema or psoriasis can be more difficult to treat and should consult their Dermatologist for treatment options to help keep their skin conditions and Xerosis at bay.

Most people have had a patch or area of dry skin at some point in their lives, however, dry feet can be more difficult to treat. If you experience Xerosis on your feet, try applying a lotion at night while wearing socks. The socks will help keep the lotion on your feet and allow the lotion to better penetrate your skin. You may also consider using a pumice stone or another exfoliant  (such as a scrub) to help remove the areas of dry skin. This will help the moisturizer penetrate the skin more deeply.

If you are experiencing repeated bouts of Xerosis that is not being cured with lotion, please call us at xxx-xxx-xxxx to schedule an appointment and discuss other treatment options.

Disclaimer: This blog pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about medical, cosmetic, mohs, and surgical dermatology. The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately-licensed dermatologist or other health care worker.