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  • Strong exfoliation/keratolytic foot product

    Posted by arctat on June 20, 2015 at 6:01 am
    Hello wise chemists,

    I need input on formulating a foot product for personal use. The skin on my feet is very dry and built up in thick layers. I want to make something with very strong keratolytic action; something that will remove excess skin without having to use too much mechanical action (rubbing). I was thinking a foot scrub with AHAs (milk, glycolic acid), urea, pumice, allantoin.. what else could I add? And can all those ingredients go into a single product and still work properly? Thank you!
    arctat replied 8 years, 12 months ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Mulayam

    June 20, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    I have used 6% salicylic acid in petroleum jelly preparation from chemist shop. Salicylic acid is a keratolytic. It worked well. Also use pure glycerine after shower and after soaking feet in warm water at bed time, wear socks. This helps to retain moisture in the skin as glycerine is a humectant. Scrub dead skin with a foot scrubber while taking shower only once in a week.

  • belassi

    June 20, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Papaya extract (papain) will dissolve dead skin. Recommended limit is 0.5%

  • arctat

    June 23, 2015 at 12:49 am

    Thanks for the great suggestions! I put some Wintergreen Essential Oil in petroleum jelly since I had it on-hand and it seems to help. Love the Papain idea, going to buy some now. 

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