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How To Soften Foot Calluses And Heal Cracked Heels

We explain the causes and treatments of these common foot problems.
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Dry skin, calluses, corns, and cracked heels are just some of the most common foot problems. These issues are often caused by excessive friction and pressure on the foot against a hard surface (like the floor, stiff shoes, or ill-fitting footwear). When this happens, dead skin builds up and "thickens" as the body's way of "protecting" itself. The said buildup then results to foot discomfort.

To combat these concerns, we listed down the best products you can try to prevent and manage calluses, corns, and cracked heels.


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  1. Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

    Petroleum jelly is the no-fuss solution to prevent hard dead skin buildup and calluses. It works as a lubricant that fights friction. Simply dab it on areas where the shoe normally rubs against your foot. 

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    Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, P59, Robinsons Department Store

  2. Caronia Renewing Scrub

    Slough away rough dry skin on your heels with the Caronia Renewing Scrub. White wax beads and apricot seeds gently exfoliates layers of dead skin and callus. It also contains tea tree-infused massage oil that moisturizes, and menthol that soothes the skin.

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    Caronia Renewing Scrub, P151, Lazada

  3. Earth Therapeutics Intensive Heel Repair Moisturizing Balm

    The Earth Therapeutics Intensive Heel Repair Moisturizing Balm melts hard, thick skin. The renewed surface becomes softer and smoother, thanks to AHA, aloe vera, and cocoa butter. It also has peppermint and tea tree oil to rejuvenate tired feet.

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    Earth Therapeutics Intensive Heel Repair Moisturizing Balm, P625, Beauty Bar

  4. The Body Shop Peppermint Intensive Cooling Foot Rescue

    For heels that are in need of dire help, The Body Shop Peppermint Intensive Cooling Foot Rescue could help. It's loaded with moisturizing ingredients to provide intense hydration to dry soles. Peppermint oil, on the other hand, gives a relaxing sensation to tired feet. Slather this on your tootsies before bedtime for maximum results!

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     The Body Shop Peppermint Intensive Cooling Foot Rescue, P750, Lazada

  5. Any pair of socks

    Slipping on socks after slathering lotion or balms on your feet will help the skin become soft and silky smooth overnight. Turn this into a habit to bid hard, dead skin buildup goodbye!

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    H&M Print Motif Socks, P299, SM Megamall

  6. Dermaid Corn and Callous Remover Solution

    If your foot has stubborn calluses, apply the Dermaid Corn and Callous Remover Solution on the affected areas twice a day to dissolve the hard skin. It has salicylic and lactic acid that work together to micro-exfoliate the skin's surface.

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    Dermaid Corn and Callous Remover Solution, P71.50, Watsons

  7. Earth Therapeutics Cracked Heel Repair

    For serious cases of cracked heels, swipe this Earth Therapeutics balm on the heels before putting on shoes and during bedtime. This stick contains healing tea tree oil and extra nourishing shea butter.

    Earth Therapeutics Cracked Heel Repair, P725, Beauty Bar

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  8. Baby Foot Peel

    When it comes to getting rid of thick dead skin buildup, the Baby Foot Peel is the champion. Its magic comes from the peeling solution found in the mask. On the third day after using it, you'll be shocked by the oddly satisfying flakes of dead skin shedding off your feet.

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    Baby Foot Peel, P830, Rustan's the Beauty Source

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