Peeling Skin on Feet
There are several causes of peeling skin on feet, including dry skin, dead skin buildup, sunburn, fungal infection or other skin conditions. Peeling this skin off manually may risk bleeding and infection, so if peeling skin bothers you, it’s best to have an effective and safe management strategy. Most of the time, home management helps, but if you have a skin condition or signs of athlete’s foot, seek a doctor’s advice on treatment.
1. Conditions that may cause skin peeling include:
- Allergic reactions
- Infections, including some types of staph and fungal infections
- Immune system disorders
- Cancer and cancer treatment
- Genetic disease, including a rare skin disorder called acral peeling skin syndrome that causes painless peeling of the top layer of skin
2. How to remove peeling skin from my feet
If your feet are peeling because the skin is very dry, use a moisturizer on your feet twice a day. Ointments and creams tend to be more effective compared to lotions. Apply the product after showering while the skin is still wet, to better lock in moisture.
It’s normal for dead skin cells to slough off on a regular basis, so if you aren’t taking time to scrub your feet, they can get flaky. Use a pumice stone to gently exfoliate this dead skin. Soak your feet first to soften the skin, then gently rub a wet pumice stone in order to remove the dead, flaky skin. After rinsing and drying your feet, apply moisturizer.
Apply aloe vera lotion to your feet if sunburn causes the peeling. Aloe vera lotion is sold over the counter and can help soothe the area while also keeping it well moisturized. Also avoid exposing your feet to the sun while they are healing.
Athlete’s foot, a fungal infection, can lead to flaking, itching and peeling — especially between the toes. Antifungal creams, which can be purchased over the counter, can be an effective home remedy. If initial treatment doesn’t work, rather see your doctor. Also, if you have diabetes or poor circulation, or if you have pain, redness, tenderness, discharge or a fever, see your doctor.
If your skin peeling does not resolve from home treatment, rather see your doctor for evaluation and treatment advice.