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With age, everyone's skin naturally becomes thinner and drier. The sun, wind, and other elements we expose our skin to can take its toll on the health of our skin. Excessive dryness can cause skin to shrink and become brittle, leading to cracked skin on fingers, hands and feet. When the skin dries, it can become extremely rough, scaly and flaky, with small tears that can lead to deeper cracks called fissures.

Cracked skin on fingers can make even the simplest tasks, such as typing, turning a page, or doing up a button, very painful. Cracked skin on feet is equally common, causing areas of dry, thickened skin, known as callouses, around the rim of the heel. As you walk, the fat pad under your heel expands. This causes callouses to crack. In most cases the problem is more of a nuisance and less than appealing to look at, but when the cracks or fissures become deep, standing, walking or any pressure placed on the heel can be painful.

Other factors that can cause cracked skin on feet include:

  • standing for long hours
  • walking barefoot, or with open-back sandals
  • taking long, hot showers
  • using harsh soaps that can strip the skin’s natural moisture


The best treatment is always prevention. If possible, avoid over-washing, especially with lathering soaps containing detergents that can dry your skin. Moisturize several times a day with a thick, emollient to replenish the skin’s moisture barrier. Look for ingredients like colloidal oatmeal, dimethicone, petrolatum, and glycerin.

AVEENO® Cracked Skin Relief Balm with Triple Oat Complex intensely moisturize to help heal and protect extra-dry, cracked skin. Use CICA Balm for larger body areas.

For extra-dry skin on hands and feet, try AVEENO® Repairing CICA Hand & Foot Masks enriched with prebiotic oat & shea butter.

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Our Cracked Skin Relief products are formulated with oat to help protect and relieve dry, cracked skin. They are fragrance-free and gentle enough for sensitive skin.

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