Rough skin can be a problem for a lot of us. It turns up across our body depending on how we treat particular areas of skin. It isn’t anything to feel shame about, but it is a cue from your body that that area of skin is being worn down faster than the rest. Most of us are aware of this sort of problem in the form of the calluses that form on our feet. We either accept them and accept that’s part of walking around or find the ways we can work against it. The same is true of anywhere else you start finding rough skin. It is easy enough to figure out how to smooth out rough skin on your own even if it can be a bit of trial and error. We prefer to remove that trial and error to help ensure everyone can enjoy healthy, beautiful skin with minimal effort. That’s why we’ve got a quick overview of the ways you can treat rough skin in several keys spots around your body. We’ll start with the feet so that there is an easy place to begin with few worries during treatment.
Rough Skin on the Feet
The simple fact is that we’re all going to end up with calluses on our feet at one point or another. It is due to the fact that or feet are generally supporting us all day long in one form or another. Each step you take rubs the skin of your feet against something and takes the barest layer of skin cells with it. Your body responds by ensuring the outer layers of dead skin are thick enough to deal with this consistent loss and gradually the skin gets rougher and thicker. This happens no matter how soft your socks are or how gently your shoes fit around your feet. In the end, we simply need to accept that it means we need to be alert to the problem. Its ubiquity makes it easily fixed too. Various foot products exist solely to help soften and shed callouses. Many of the most popular ones use a lightly acidic compound that rests on the feet for a while before being rinsed off. You then naturally shed the excess buildup and reach smoother skin. You can also use a pumice stone to manually help strip away the thick, rough skin. You need to be more careful with the latter one to avoid harming the soft skin beneath. Either one of these will help you have wonderfully soft feet.
Rough Skin on the Face
In many ways, this is the last place any of us wants to experience rough skin. The reddish tone such skin takes and general physical unpleasantness means it is hard for others to fail to notice and hard on us to avoid making the problem worse. There are a lot of potential reasons one might experience rough skin on the face ranging from sun damage, wind burn, underlying conditions, and negative reactions to a topical product. The important point is not to stress overmuch about it as you can deal with the problem as readily as you can any other area of rough skin. Your first step should be avoiding exposing the area to sunlight as much as possible. Be sure to protect that area when you can’t avoid exposing it. You will also want to regularly moisturize it to gradually soothe and soften the skin. Swap to products meant for sensitive skin, with special attention paid to your cleanser, to help minimize further sources of irritation and to help eliminate any products that might be drying out your skin. These steps will help your skin to heal itself and have you looking your best soon enough.
Rough Skin on the Elbows and Knees
These areas are also fairly common to find rough skin. This is partly due to ready exposure, partly because of constant motion as joints, and partly because they’re also favored places for conditions like plaque psoriasis to appear. The rough skin in these places also tends to be as socially embarrassing as rough skin on the face thanks to the fact that they tend to be obvious. We do have the benefit that elbows and knees are easier to cover, yes, but much of the time we don’t want to be doing that all the time. You can work against rough skin in these areas relatively easily through a combination of moisturizing and exfoliation. Both of these are likely something you’re going to want to do in the shower. A healthy, nourishing scrub will go a long way towards helping to exfoliate the area while giving it an extra boost to heal itself. Apply a nice, thick moisturizer over the area just before you get out of the shower stall itself, but after you’re turned the water off to seal in an extra dose of moisture to further help. It will take time, but you should eventually see improvement in most cases.
Dealing with rough skin can be a frustrating experience. Sometimes it feels like we’ve done nothing to cause it and it just makes things feel even worse. The good news is that rough skin is such a common issue that no one can really fault you for experiencing it. There are plenty of tricks to managing and controlling the problem too. We’ve suggested a few simple ways to approach the problem, but remember if it is particularly persistent you should talk to your dermatologist. One way or another you will get to feel confident and comfortable in your skin again.