People with dry skin are prone to cracks in the heel, both winter and summer. A dry skin is skin that is more exposed to environmental aggression because normal protective cover skin lipid layer is insufficient.
But in summer footwear that exposes the back of the leg, as are shoes, or sandals, especially those with low base, contributing to accelerated skin drying and degradation.
Act like a cushioned heel, absorbing shock when we walk. Footwear cut back allows excessive stretching of the skin, which, when dry, get cracked. Overweight shows a much higher risk of having cracked heels due to pressure being put on high heels.
The same happens when the dust. This absorbs any moisture from the skin there, causing an excessive drying, and as there is no fatty substances to provide a protective layer, skin recover more slowly. Cracked heels can also indicate a diet low in fatty acids or zinc deficiency, but also the presence of more serious diseases such as diabetes.
Cracks do not present too great a risk to health, except for sharp cracks, called fissures. They are very painful and can become infected if not cared for properly.
How to heal the cracks?
Proper care is the answer. Give your feet the attention needed to stay healthy. Therefore, we must provide extra skin hydration. But because skin hydration benefit from this, it is necessary to remove the layer of dead cells on the surface.
Put warm water in a pot in which to add a piece of soap. Put your feet in the water and wait until the skin of the heel is soft. Mechanical exfoliation, with a heel rubbing abrasive surface is pretty quick and easy. Cutting the dead skin with a sharp object – knife, knife, scissors, etc.. is extremely risky. Although an appeals procedure which not try at home because you can easily hurt.
Another type is the chemical peel. One solution is to dip your toes for 10 minutes in lemon juice, every night for a week. Lemon juice is acid and removes dead skin, but if you have deep cracks, it is not a useful technique because it is quite painful.
After exfoliating, follow intense hydration. Before bedtime, apply a cream on heels. Repeating this treatment for several nights, you will see soon enough beneficial effects.
If you want to use a 100% natural treatment, you can do at home alone, dry skin apply a mixture of glycerin and rose water. Also, butter or margarine are fats with immediate softening effect on skin.
At least up to partial healing of cracks, which covers your heel. In this way the skin will be protected from external factors and will recover more easily.