Our feet, in general, are very much ignored. They do no usually get as much pampering as the rest of our bodies and wearing ill fitting footwear is one of the most common ways the feet are abused! Wearing footwear that is tight, or has very high heels can cause the skin to rub against rougher surfaces, leading to dark patches/pigmentation. The feet are also usually deprived of sunscreen, making them tan faster and also, age faster. To make things worse, the skin on the feet has very less number of oil glands, in comparison with the rest of the body’s.

What is to be done?

  • To prevent calluses, make sure you wear good quality footwear that does not exert excess pressure, anywhere on the foot.
  • Use a nice thick creamy moisturizer, so that you can leave it on for longer hours.
  • Once a week, use a gentle pumice tone and exfoliate the skin. Then apply a thick olive oil mask, cover with cling film and leave on overnight.

If you try these methods and still find that the darkening does not go away, get in touch with your Dermatologist. If you have any questions, feel free to drop us a comment!

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