Baby Foot is a chemical peel designed for your feet. This popular product promises to remove the toughest, roughest calluses from the soles of your feet and reveal the “smoothest feet you’ve had since, like, birth.”Baby Foot boasts results that pedicures can’t achieve and that no foot cream can come possibly produce, all for $20 or less. Who wouldn’t want to try it? But I also wanted to know does it work as acclaimed? And if so, is it safe?

The product comes with two plastic-bag booties factory coated with the Baby Foot super gel, which contains “16 types of natural extracts,” according to the website. The ingredients list includes mainly fruit acids and compounds typically found in a chemical peel, such as glycolic acid, lactic acid, and salicylic acids, as well as alcohol. 

So, how does this stuff work?

I wanted to find out how does this product produce such a dramatic outcome. The main ingredient of the gel contains salicylic acid and alpha hydroxy acids (like citric, glycolic, and lactic). These mild peeling agents work together to penetrate the different layers of the skin.

The first step in the process occurs when salicylic acid penetrates the oily surface of the epidermis. Once this tissue is penetrated, the fruit acids work on the water-soluble layer of the dermis. Here, the alpha hydroxy acids work by eating eat away and separating fibers called desmosomes. Once the desmosomes are dissolved, dead skin cells can no longer bind together, and the skin can easily peel away to the surface.

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There are a few health warnings to be observed.  

  1. Babies and pregnant women should not use this product. 
  2. If you have any wounds or infections on your foot, you shouldn’t use Baby Feet. Thus, those who have diabetes or have poor circulation should see a doctor before use. 
  3. You should also know your allergies before use. Allergic reactions could result in soreness, itching, redness, and blistering. If you notice a reaction, you should consult a medical professional or go to the closest emergency room.

Here’s how you use it.

Baby Foot Step 1: Soaking is mandatory.

Before using Baby Foot, you must wash your feet with soap and water, then soak them between 15 to 20 minutes. After a good soak, dry your feet and slide on the booties. Use the provided tape on the booties to close loose ends and fit your foot. Walking is permitted, but you should pot on some large socks over the booties to prevent slipping. But, if possible, relax and let the product work its magic. 

Baby Foot Step 2: Patience is a virtue.

The box instructs that you leave it on your feet for an hour. However, for many, Baby Foot is most effective when allowed to work an extra 20 to 40 minutes before removal of the booties. Choose your timing by judging how rough your feet are. 

Baby Foot Step 3: No open cuts are allowed.

Please don’t put an acid peel on your feet if you have any open sores or cuts. Note, Baby Foot will have no effect on warts and corns. It will neither cure them or harm you is you have such a condition. But, if you’ve recently used acid or freezing treatments on them, cover them with a bandage before applying Baby Foot. Cracked calluses are fine. Bleeding is not.

Baby Foot Step 4: A second soak is mandatory.

After completing the treatment, wash and dry your feet and continue with your day. Don’t be disappointed if initially your feet will look and feel the same. You should remember to soak your feet daily. 

Baby Foot Step 5: Some gentle pulling is fine.

The instructions say not to pull the skin off, but the dead skin will need some help if it is to separate from your feet. You can gently pull it off, or you can rub your hand along the soles of your feet. Go on; it doesn’t hurt. The best time to do this is right after the soak when the skin is the softest. Don’t try to pull skin that’s not ready to be removed.

Baby Foot Tip Step 6: Timing is essential.

Make sure to schedule your Baby Foot treatment at a time that won’t expose you to any public display of shedding. You may need to wear shoes and socks for about a week or until the peeling has stopped.

Baby Foot Tip Step 7: No lotion.

If your feet feel uncomfortably dry, then it would be all right for you to apply a tiny amount of lotion. You should avoid using lotion because moisturizing the dead skin will slow down the shedding process. It is best to allow the dead skin to dry and flake off; then, you can moisturize the baby-soft skin that emerges.

Now that you have been given the Baby Foot basics give it a try for yourself.

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