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Collection: Hard Skin

Hard skin can look different for different people, as skin hardness is a scale, rather than a condition that you do or do not have. Rough patches of hard skin that are usually yellowish in color can often occur around the heel or on the ball of the foot. This skin is usually less sensitive to the touch than the surrounding skin and is quite thick.  These areas of skin, referred to as calluses, are less defined than corns, which are often softer but have similar causes. Hard skin develops when the skin rubs against something (such as a tight shoe), this leads to calluses forming on the bony parts of your foot which take most of the weight as you walk. Walking barefoot or repeated heavy pressure such as running can speed up the formation of calluses. It is for this reason that athletes are particularly susceptible to hard skin on the feet. 

 

   WHAT CAUSES HARD SKIN?

There are many reasons why we build up hard dry skin on feet. During the winter months, when the weather is colder and our feet are often hidden away, hard skin is more likely to develop - simply down to the lack of TLC they're getting.

Then there's all that pavement pummelling that could cause dry skin to accumulate on your soles, in order to protect your feet against blistering.

Your ethnicity might even come into play. Studies have found that Black skin has lower ceramide levels than Caucasian and Asian skin types, predisposing people with darker skin to drier skin and in turn: hard, cracked heels.

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