After seeing Baby Foot work its magic all over my Instagram and TikTok feeds, I recently decided that it was time to try it out for myself. My feet are constantly calloused and covered in dead, flaky skin, and the internet has done a great job of convincing me that Baby Foot is the only thing that can help.
- Mona Gohara, MD, board-certified dermatologist and associate clinical professor at Yale University
What makes Baby Foot so effective is the fact that it's—like I said—basically a chemical peel for your feet. The formula is made with a blend of alpha-hydroxy acids (more specifically, lactic and glycolic), which work by breaking the bonds that hold dead skin cells to the surface of your feet. As those bonds weaken, the skin starts to peel, and after a week, you'll be left with baby-soft skin.
According to Mona Gohara, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in Connecticut, the type of intensive exfoliation that Baby Foot offers is critical for the overall health of your feet. "It is extremely important to make sure that the skin on your feet is exfoliated, because they can get dry and cracked," she says, adding that AHAs are some of her favorite ingredients for getting the job done.
Testing the product involved sitting with acid-filled booties on my feet for the better part of an hour (side note: the solution smells like lavender vodka, which took me right back to college), then rinsing it off and waiting for the peeling to start. For the first few days, nothing happened, but then *BAM*: My feet started flaking everywhere. This lasted for the better part of two weeks, which meant wearing socks as frequently as possible (I am very, very glad I didn't do this during sandal season) and profusely apologizing to my boyfriend for the piles of foot skin all over our apartment (sorry, Jordan).
The whole process was—you guessed it!—gross-but-satisfying in the best possible way. To find out whether or not the treatment left my feet as baby soft as the internet promised (or to just watch a whole bunch of footage of me peeling dead skin off of my heels), check out the video above.
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