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12 Best Foot Peels and Masks That Smooth Calluses and Cracked Heels

Look down and be honest: Your feet could probably use a little extra attention, right? That’s where the best foot peels come in. Calluses and cracked heels are year-round problems, since they can build up in any footwear (we’re looking at you, white sneakers) and really get put on display during beach and sandals season. But thanks to internet-famous products like Baby Foot, getting rid of them is only a mask away.

Unlike the rough scrubs and files you’re probably accustomed to, foot peels can be done at home with minimal effort. Many are chemical peels, which often use hydroxy acids (like AHAs and BHAs) to dissolve dead skin in the outer layers until it literally sheds or sloughs off your soles, explains Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital’s dermatology department in New York City. He recommends looking for formulas that contain ingredients like glycolic, lactic, or salicylic acid, which are popular chemical exfoliators.

“Skin on the bottom of the feet becomes thick and rough because of daily trauma from everyday activities like walking,” Dr. Zeichner says. “Removing this protective layer can leave the feet sensitive, so you have to be cautious when using a foot peel.” At most, he recommends using one only once every few weeks. If you have sensitive skin or would rather skip the week-long peeling process, you can also try foot masks, which nourish feet with rich moisturizers. Either way, you’ll walk away with soft skin, no salon trip necessary.

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