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Paraffin Treatment Masks Remedy Dry Or Cracked Skin On Feet

Updated on June 11, 2017


A paraffin wax bath treatment mask alleviates foot problems by creating a protective moisturizing barrier to heal dry or cracked skin on feet and also exfoliating to remove thickened or callused layers of dry dead skin cells on feet.

Definition: What is paraffin wax?

Paraffin is a white, translucent, odorless, nontoxic, waxy substance derived from the mineral oils found in petroleums extracted from the earth. Paraffin does not dissolve in water and is, therefore, essentially water-proof. Paraffin treatment masks provide a water-proof barrier to lock moisture internally in the skin as well as protect the skin externally from environmental exposures that dry the skin. It is also noncomedogenic (does not clog pores) and acts as an exfoliant (removes the outermost layers of dead skin cells).

History: What is the origin of paraffin wax?

Paraffin was first investigated by Karl Reichenbach in the 1830s during his experiments with wood-tars. The mid to late 1800s witnessed various patents and manufacturing processes put in place to distill (refine) crude shale oil in order to separate out the pure paraffin, which is safe for commercial uses, from other substances such as lubricating oils. During World War I, the British and the French were the first to use paraffin in medicine to cover small open wounds and aid in orthopedics. Today, the use of paraffin has greatly expanded in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries.

Body Elements: How does paraffin wax affect the skin?

Paraffin wax foot treatment masks are applied externally to the soles of the feet to remedy dehydrated skin. Cracked skin, also called a "fissure", occurs on the feet in areas where the skin has become dehydrated, hard, and thickened or callused. This thickened or callused skin is often brownish or yellowish in color. Cracked skin first appears as small, tiny cracks or scales on the surface of the skin, but this can progress to large, painful, deep cracks (fissures) without adequate moisturizing and may even result in bleeding or infection. To prevent and heal dehydrated skin, paraffin treatment masks work to lessen thickened skin, lock moisture in the skin, and form a protective layer on the outer skin.

Functions: How does paraffin wax work?

Paraffin treatment masks often include moisturizing oils, vitamins, and/or botanicals in addition to the paraffin. The paraffin treatment mask opens up the pores in the skin allowing and infusing absorption of the moisturizing oils, vitamins, and/or botanicals deep into the skin. When the paraffin treatment mask is removed from the skin, it removes the outermost layer of dead skin cells but a protective paraffin oil seal stays in place on the surface of the skin. This paraffin oil protective seal on the surface traps the moisturizing oils, vitamins, and/or botanicals in the skin. It also provides a barrier to external environmental exposures that may dry the skin.

ForPro Nurture Infused Therapeutic Paraffin, Fragrance-Free, Non-Greasy, Age-Defying & Moisturizing for Soft & Healthy Skin, 6 Lbs.
ForPro Nurture Infused Therapeutic Paraffin, Fragrance-Free, Non-Greasy, Age-Defying & Moisturizing for Soft & Healthy Skin, 6 Lbs.

Hospital grade paraffin infused with antioxidant grapeseed oil. A vitamin-rich formula that penetrates deeply to super-moisturize and protect skin.


Audience: Who would benefit from a paraffin wax treatment?

Persons who experience dry, cracked skin are often exposed to dry arid environments for at least a period of time. For example, the winter months with the cold dry air outside and the centrally heated home or office inside can leave your feet dry and cracked. Washing with hot water and harsh soaps will dry the skin of the feet. Aging is also a factor. Persons over 50 have difficulty retaining moisture in the skin. Persons on diuretics (water pills) for hypertension (high blood pressure) or heart conditions experience dry skin. An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) can cause dry skin.

Calluses can form on the skin of the feet from activities such as walking or exercise, wearing high heels, standing for a long period of time, or being overweight. All of these factors can cause rubbing or pressure on the soles of the feet to produce hard, dry calluses that can crack or split. A weekly paraffin treatment mask in addition to twice daily moisturizing is recommended.

Importance: Why is a paraffin wax treatment a good choice?

It is important to treat feet at the first signs of callus or cracking because left untreated the cracks will become deeper as pressure is placed on the feet and eventually standing and walking will become painful. These cracks can progress to the deepest layers of the skin resulting in bleeding and even infection. In addition, dry, scaly or cracked skin is unattractive when choosing to wear sandals or go barefoot during the summer months.


Dehydrated, callused, hard skin is the cause for cracking or splitting of the skin of the feet. Weekly moisturizing paraffin treatment bath masks, along with a twice daily moisturizing lotion, can remedy this. A paraffin treatment mask creates a moisturizing barrier to hold moisture in the skin, a protective barrier to prevent external environmental exposures from drying the skin, and provides exfoliation of dry dead skin cells. The key to healing dry, cracked skin on the feet is to keep the skin moisturized and protected.

Conair True Glow Thermal Paraffin Bath/Paraffin Spa Moisturizing System, Includes 1lb. Paraffin Wax, Pink
Conair True Glow Thermal Paraffin Bath/Paraffin Spa Moisturizing System, Includes 1lb. Paraffin Wax, Pink

Includes 1-pound aloe vera infused paraffin wax. Relaxing thermal paraffin bath revitalizes your skin. A hydrating and deeply exfoliating spa treatment.


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