Your feet aren’t exactly pleasant to look at, but rough, peeling skin makes them look that much worse.
But the problems can stem from beyond pounding the pavement. Read on to discover six reasons why your feet are always dry, cracked, and peeling.
“A lot of times it just presents itself as peeling skin and patients don’t have the itchiness, so they don’t know it’s a fungal infection,” Dr. Pruthi says. So if your skin starts mysteriously peeling all of a sudden, get it checked out sooner rather than later. Once you have a fungal infection on your skin, it can easily infect your toenail, which Pruthi warns can be very difficult to get rid of.
“What I find that happens is that the skin infects the nails, the nails re-infect the skin, back and forth, back and forth,” she says. “So whatever presents itself first, you want to knock it away.”
Dr. Pruthi warns that “anything you’re doing barefoot, or if you’re sharing mats, or if you’re doing hot yoga in a moist environment” can lead to this bacterial or fungal infection. See a doc if you think you have it.
So when you just dip your feet in the ocean and assume your lotion has stayed on, don’t forget to reapply. Don’t let your feet be on the receiving end of dangerous UV rays unprotected.