BEAUTY
What's Really Happening When You Do An Exfoliating Foot Peel?
By ALANI VARGAS
Back in the day, getting rid of calluses and dry feet involved using a pumice stone or grater tool but today, it’s all about foot peels. A peel causes the dead skin to peel away and allows new skin to grow, but the key to its effectiveness is due to what it’s made of.
Dr. Chris G. Adigun, a board-certified dermatologist explains that peels contain both, "glycolic, lactic, citric and malic acids” and “beta hydroxy acids like salicylic acid.” After the peel, your feet will start shedding like crazy a week or so later.
These foot peels can be pretty intense so only use them a few times a year and don’t use a foot peel if you’re pregnant, diabetic, or have an open infection. There is also a risk of getting dry feet due to the salicylic acid in the peel that may remove skin that doesn’t need removing.