What is skin maceration?

Skin maceration on the foot occurs when there is too much water in the stratum corneum. Combined with high temperatures and humidity, this excess moisture causes bacteria to form which can create discomfort. Maceration usually occurs between the toes, where moisture stagnates the longest, but can also spread to the rest of the foot. Macerated skin appears almost as if it has been cooked, which is a key difference when distinguishing it from hyperhidrosis.

What does skin maceration on the feet look like?

As macerated skin is easily detachable, it immediately becomes infected. This infection causes the digestion of skin proteins and consequently destroys the epidermis, creating extensive and visible erosions.

What are the causes of skin maceration on the feet?

Skin maceration on the feet can be caused by several factors including:

  • Heat
  • Moisture
  • Sweating
  • Lack of perspiration

These triggers can occur following situations such as:

  • wearing shoes that are tight and/or made of non-breathable materials
  • Walking or doing sport for an extended period
  • Soaking feet in water for a long time
  • Living in areas with hot and humid climates

How to treat macerated skin

The following routine helps to treat skin maceration and eliminate bacteria:

  • In the morning, wash the feet with Eudermic Cleansing Base. After rinsing, dry the feet thoroughly, paying special attention to the skin between the toes to ensure no there is no residual moisture.
  • Apply Astringent Gel to the sole of the foot and between the toes and massage until absorbed. This antiseptic gel prevents sweating, while helping the skin to repair itself.

Should skin maceration occur between the toes, separate them with cotton gauze to allow air to pass through.
Continue treatment for four to five days.
Wherever possible, ventilate feet by removing closed shoes and socks.

Before entering into a situation where maceration might occur:

  • Apply Astringent Gel to the feet as an anti-swelling agent in the evening
  • Apply Lenitive Cream as an absorbent and anti-friction agent before putting on shoes

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