5. Occlusive Moisturizer
An occlusive moisturizer coats the skin in a very thin film and helps stop moisture from evaporating from your skin’s surface. Occlusive moisturizers include:
- Mineral oil
- Petroleum jelly
Without a doubt, petroleum jelly is considered the most effective occlusive choice. It is reputed to reduce water loss by as much as 98 percent, which makes it ideal for cracked heels.
The main problem with occlusive moisturizers is that their thick consistency makes them messy and sticky. They can get on your clothes, carpets, socks, and shoes.
4. Wear Socks
You can wear cotton socks to bed to try to reduce moisture loss and protect your cracked heels. Also, use petroleum jelly under the socks to help moisturize the area. If you perform this routine every night at bed, then your cracked heels should show improvement within a few days.
When your heel skin starts to thicken, you can apply keratolytic to thin the thickening and loosen the outer skin layer. It will help to remove dead skin cells and create a softer surface. When the heel skin is thick, applying a keratolytic may help thin it, as well as the other treatments. The best keratolytic are:
- Alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic acid or lactic acid)
- Salicylic acid
You can often find products that contain both keratolytic and humectants, which work to moisturize and remove the thickened and cracking heel skin.Related: What Your Face Is Telling You: 10 Signs of Health Problems Written on Your Face