Scholl Hard Skin Range
The skin on the feet is unique, as it's designed to withstand the day to day pressure of walking and standing. Sometimes prolonged pressure and friction from ill-fitting shoes or being on your feet a lot can cause hard skin to build up. With 65% of the population suffering from hard skin, you are not alone!
The experts at Scholl know that the best way to treat hard skin is to soften and regularly remove it, so they have created a range of products specially formulated for hard skin.
Scholl Instant Hard Skin Remover is an effective way to remove thick, hard skin. It's ergonomically designed for comfortable and easy use. With safe blade technology to provide safe and effective removal of hard skin, the Scholl Instant Hard Skin Remover helps you to achieve professional results at home.
Thick hard skin
Thick hard skin is just that; an area of skin that is thicker than usual and has become hard as a result. It is often yellowish in colour and can affect many parts of the foot such as the ball of foot, the heel and the toes.
Thick hard skin develops when there is excess force on the feet such as pressure or friction the body tries to protect itself from the pressure and friction by building up extra layers of skin.
It is not always necessary to treat thick, hard skin but many people find that they do not like the way it looks and sometimes it can be uncomfortable. To stop thick hard skin from coming back you should try to work out what is causing the pressure and friction a podiatrist can help you with this and remove the cause.
What is thick hard skin?
Thick hard skin is just what the name suggests it is the build up of thicker layers of skin that have become hard. These areas of thicker skin are less flexible than normal skin; they can be yellowish in colour and sometimes can be quite uncomfortable.
What is the difference between thick hard skin and a callus?
The medical term for thick hard skin is callus, so there is no difference between the two. However, while your doctor or podiatrist may not think there is any difference between thick hard skin and callus, the words might conjure up quite different images in your mind.
When you talk about thick, hard skin you are more likely to be referring to skin that covers larger areas across the ball of foot or heel or specific areas on the toes. When you talk about callus you are more likely to be referring to a defined plaque, often found on the ball of the foot.
How to prevent thick hard skin
Thick hard skin will keep coming back unless the underlying cause of the pressure or friction on the feet is found and removed or treated. If you do not know why you have thick hard skin a podiatrist will probably be able to help identify the reason and recommend the best way to treat it.
Following a regular foot care regime, using products to moisturise and care for the feet can help to keep skin soft and supple.
How to treat thick hard skin
Thick hard skin does not always need to be treated. The extra skin layers are there to protect the foot and if it is not painful or uncomfortable then there may not be a reason to treat it. However the appearance of thick hard skin can be unpleasant and so some people will choose to remove the thick hard skin for cosmetic reasons.
There are a number of ways to remove thick hard skin.
Physically removing the extra layers of thick hard skin is a common approach. This can be done using a foot file or a specially designed removal device. Some people will find that soaking or wetting the skin will help to remove it, others prefer to remove dry skin; both types of treatment can be successful.
A podiatrist may remove thick hard skin with a scalpel but this should not be carried out at home because of the risk of injury.
The removal of thick hard skin can also be done using specially formulated creams and treatments that can help break down and soften the thick hard skin.