Popular home treatment promises to make feet smooth, soft as baby's

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- There’s a product on the market claiming to make your feet as smooth and soft as a baby’s feet.

Dr. Ashley Reed of Pariser Dermatology in Norfolk said Baby Foot is an effective at home treatment to get rid of dead skin.

“Using a product like this is really good to give your feet a jump start so you can see more benefit from the moisturizers,” Reed told 13News Now.

Reed said people’s feet are often the most neglected parts of their bodies. She said when she does a full-body scan of her patients' skin, she pays close attention to their feet.  

“Essentially, as women get older with hormonal changes, despite their best efforts even to moisturize, their feet can get thick, especially the heels,” Reed explained.

There is a variety of treatments on the market including spa pedicures, coffee pedicures, and fish pedicures.

Monchea Turner of On Site Nails said Baby Foot really works.

“If you have let yourself go completely, and not had any manicures or pedicures, or if you’re one of those people that have phobias about other people touching your feet, Baby Foot is a good product because you can do the care at home,” said Turner.

Baby Foot is a chemical peel for your feet, designed to remove dead skin. Here’s the process when using it:

  1. Soak your feet to get skin soft and place plastic booties filled with different acids on them.
  2. Wait for an hour
  3. After an hour, wash your feet.

In about three to seven days, the skin on your feet will begin to peel.

You may be tempted to pick the dead skin off. Reed said it’s not a good idea.

“We do recommend not picking at the skin or peeling forcibly the skin off. Just let it naturally peel off, and within two weeks your feet should be mostly peeled and much softer,” said Reed.

13News Now asked if the product was safe. Reed said in most cases it is, but there are a few exceptions.

"Certainly, I would avoid it in certain situations like if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. The salicylic acid which is one of the components of Baby Foot is not safe to use in those situations. Also, if you have ulcers on your feet or cuts or abrasions, I would avoid Baby Foot,” said Reed.

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