MD Podiatrist Discusses Best Skin Exfoliants for Feet

“The skin is thickest on the bottom of your feet to help minimize shock,” says Dan Michaels, DPM. “But over time, the stress and friction imposed on your feet from everyday mileage can cause them to become parched, cracked, and in some cases even bleed.”
In terms of exfoliation, Dr. Michaels recommends foot creams made with hydroxyacids like glycolic or salicylic acid – which help dissolve connections between dead cells on the surface of the hard skin so they can be more easily shed. Michaels also notes that urea is a great ingredient to look for, as it both exfoliates and hydrates all in one.