Products to Treat Rough Skin on Feet and Elbows

Hyperkeratosis on the feet and elbow: Causes, symptoms and treatment.

Hyperkeratosis is a thickening of the outer dead cell layer of your skin called the stratum corneum.

  1. It can happen from friction and rubbing as a normal protective mechanism for feet and elbow skin. This is often assymptomatic until the skin cracks into painful fissures. 
  2. It can happen in a localized area in the form of a corn or callous. The focal hyperkeratosis often create pressure pain. 
  3. It can also happen after menopause in a condition called keratoderma climactericum. Hyperkeratosis often starts on the edges of the heels and sides of the feet along the soles. It is often assymptomatic and of cosmetic concern primarily. 

Dermatologist's tips for the best treatment for hyperkeratosis and thick skin on the feet and elbows?

Thick skin on the bottoms of the feet is easily controlled when you combine tough physical exfoliation with “chemical” exfoliation.

Physical exfoliation

This involves the use of a rough scrub, sponge, cloth, pumice stone, or file to remove dead skin. It works so much better when you are using a keratolytic cream or lotion; the thick layer of dead cells comes off so much easier, and you’ll have smooth feet in no time. Maintain your soft, smooth feet using the exfoliation routine as needed. Using a moisturizer after bathing also helps to keep the skin soft and supple. You can use the same treatment on the elbows, but be much gentler there because the skin is much less thick.

Chemical exfoliation

This involves the use of keratolytics, which are ingredients in products that help to dissolve the 'glue' holding dead cells together. The most effective keratolytic in skin care products for this job is glycolic acid. It works best for thick soles in a professional-grade strength, and made in a product with an acid pH as in Glytone Heel and Elbow Cream. The combination of physical exfoliation with Glytone Heel and Elbow Cream is available in my Soft and Smooth Feet - Rough Skin Remover Kit. I depend on this kit to keep my feet soft and smooth - hence the name!

Elbow skin that is only slightly thick may exfoliate sufficiently with my Ultra-Fast Smooth Skin Triple Action Kit  routine, which also gives you smooth skin all over. I also depend on this kit for my general body skin care routine. 

What does Keratoderma Climactericum mean?

Keratoderma means a marked hyperkeratotic thickening of the dead skin cell layer. Climacteric refers to a critical time in life. It comes from the Greek word 'klimakter', which literally means "rung of a ladder". Thus, climacteric refers to a big moment in the ladder of life - such as menopause. The word has come to actually mean menopause (male or female), and denotes the time of life when fertility is in decline. I always find it funny that this common phenomenon of post-menopausal rough feet has such an interesting name! The good news for this post-menopausal dermatologist, is that it can be fixed! 

Athlete's foot infection can cause rough feet skin too.

Athlete’s foot causes rough skin, too. If you think you have athlete's foot, be certain to treat it with a medicated cream designed to treat this foot fungus. Any rough skin left over can be treated with my products below.

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  1. Soft and Smooth Feet - Rough Skin Remover Kit

    Soft and Smooth Feet - Rough Skin Remover Kit

    Professional products to remove painful calluses and unwanted dry, hard, rough, and cracked dead skin from your feet.

    Regular Price: $58.00

    Special Price $52.80

  2. Dr. Bailey's Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing Triple Action Skin Care Kit

    Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing Triple Action Skin Care Kit

    Complete professional-strength treatment for fast results! This combination skin treatment is proven to improve body skin problems including keratosis pilaris (chicken skin), seborrheic keratosis (age barnacles), and solar lentigines (liver spots).

    $81.90
  3. Dr. Bailey's Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing AHA Skin Care Kit

    Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing AHA Skin Care Kit

    Complete professional-strength treatment for fast results! This combination skin treatment is proven to improve body skin problems including keratosis pilaris (chicken skin), seborrheic keratosis (age barnacles), and solar lentigines (liver spots).

    Regular Price: $91.00

    Special Price $81.90

  4. Dr. Bailey's Glycolic Acid Face and Body Wash

    Glycolic Acid Face and Body Wash

    This rich soap-free cleanser brightens your complexion and leaves your skin silky smooth and ready for your treating and correcting products. Ideal for all skin types including oily skin because it gently but thoroughly removes product, oil, dirt and debris from the skin surface.

    $34.00
  5. Dr. Bailey's Triple-Action Exfoliating Cleanser

    Triple-Action Exfoliating Cleanser

    Eco-friendly beads combine with AHA and BHA to instantly brighten your complexion. Loosen dull dead cells and uneven pigmentation. Renew skin luster to a more youthful glow and instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

    Regular Price: $46.00

    Special Price $41.40

  6. Dr. Bailey's Glycolic Acid 15% Body Lotion

    Glycolic Acid 15% Body Lotion

    No active ingredient beats glycolic acid for fast results when it comes to smoothing skin texture, creating a youthful and dewy skin luster, and lightening age spots.

    $39.00
  7. Glytone Ultra Heel And Elbow Cream

    Glytone Ultra Heel And Elbow Cream

    This incredibly powerful glycolic acid cream is the super hero when it comes to getting rid of unwanted rough and thick skin on your feet; nothing, including prescription products, comes close!
    $53.00
  8. Feet First Spa Buffing Pad

    Feet First Spa Buffing Pad

    The perfect professional foot buffing pad to smooth away calluses and thick and rough foot skin.
    $5.00
  9. Professional Foot File

    Professional Foot File

    The perfect professional foot file to keep your feet soft.
    $3.00
  10. Petite Foot and Fingertip File

    Petite Foot and Fingertip File

    This little file is just right for smoothing down rough fissured fingertips.
    It's also a great travel-sized foot file to keep your travel-weary feet soft and comfortable.

     

    $3.00
  11. Salux Wash Cloth

    Salux Wash Cloth

    Have smooth skin instantly! This long exfoliating wash cloth is now my favorite way to physically exfoliate skin on the body.

    $6.00
  12. Naturally Best Bar Soap for Dry Skin™

    Naturally Best Bar Soap for Dry Skin™

    Unscented, glycerin-rich soap made with healing oats for your dry and sensitive skin.

    Regular Price: $5.00

    Special Price $4.50

  13. Dr. Bailey's 100% Natural Ultra-Hypoallergenic Shower Gel

    100% Natural Ultra-Hypoallergenic Shower Gel

    An entirely unscented and dermatologist approved shower gel for even the most highly sensitive skin. Economical and perfect for the entire family.

  14. Dr. Bailey's 100% Natural Invigorating Shower Gel

    100% Natural Invigorating Shower Gel

    A refreshing head-to-toe skin cleanser for the entire family. At last, an economical shower gel that is entirely natural; remove dirt and oil from everyone’s skin without any chemicals.

  15. Natural Face, Hand and Body Lotion™

    Natural Face, Hand and Body Lotion™

    Elegant and light-textured, natural moisturizer for dry to normal sensitive skin.

    Regular Price: $22.00

    Special Price $19.80

  16. Natural Face and Body Butter Cream™

    Natural Face and Body Butter Cream™

    Highly Effective moisturizer to heal your extremely dry and sensitive skin.
    $26.00
  17. Bag Balm

    Bag Balm

    This is a time-honored healing ointment for severely chapped skin and dry brittle fingernails.
    $10.00
  18. Glytone Exfoliating Body Lotion

    Glytone Exfoliating Body Lotion

    With a free glycolic acid value 17.5% you will exfoliate away rough skin and age spots! My absolute favorite body care product. This is the most effective glycolic acid body moisturizer that I have found.

    $43.00
  19. Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash

    Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash

    Replace your normal body wash or body cleanser with the Glytone Body Wash for velvet soft, smooth skin on your entire body.

    $33.00

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