Are pumice stones bad for your feet? We’ll tackle this question, along with what pumice stones are great at and not so good for, and who should and shouldn’t be using them.
So, are pumice stones bad for your feet?
Some people shouldn’t use pumice stones, and they should only be used in certain ways. Because of this they are often thought to be bad for your feet. But used properly there are all sorts of benefits.
First of all, people with diabetes, thin skin, poor circulation, numbness in their feet and on blood-thinning medication should not use a pumice stone. Diabetes often affects the feet so you need to take special care and not use a pumice. Thin skin can cause the pumice to cut you, as can poor circulation and numbness if you can’t fully feel how much pressure you are using.
Cutting yourself with a pumice stone is one of the main risks. This happens when people use too much pressure. It’s much better to scrub lightly for longer. That way the skin is softened up and you don’t have to use so much force.
Another problem with pumice stones is that if they aren’t looked after properly they can gather bacteria. Make sure to wash off and dry out your pumice between uses, give it a dip in an antibacterial solution, and swap them out regularly.
Pumice stones aren’t bad for your feet if used correctly
Soak your feet in warm – not hot – water first. Ideally for ten minutes. This will soften up the hard skin. It won’t be as bad for your feet because the skin will come off easier, with less rubbing, and it will speed up the whole procedure.
Use a firm but gentle scrubbing motion. Don’t scrub too hard. Remember to scrub lightly for longer for the best experience. If you feel pain or discomfort or there is bleeding then stop immediately.
Rinse and let your pumice stone dry out after use and look after it to prevent bacteria building up. Replace your pumice every one to three months. That way you will stay hygienic and clean.
Pumice stones are great to remove rough, dead, hard skin on your feet. And it’s easy to do as long as you take the time to do it correctly.