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This Miraculous Cream Is A Must-Have For Extremely Dry Skin

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Every winter, the cold, dry air eventually leads to a battle with dry, itchy, flaky skin. I’ve dealt with dry nasal passages, bleeding cuticles, and itchy legs and arms, but the most formidable of my foes is almost always cracked heels.

Several years ago, while seeing a wound specialist for treatments related to a foot wound that stubbornly refused to heal, the specialist happened to notice the extremely dry state of my heels. The healing cream they recommended turned out to be the closest thing to a “miracle cure” I’ve ever encountered!

Despite my fondness for homemade or natural remedies, this healing cream has earned a permanent place in my medicine cabinet, and I want to spread the word about it as widely as possible!

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The Best Healing Cream For Extremely Dry Skin

The “miracle cure” cream the specialist recommended to me was Atrac-Tain Moisturizing Cream, a product primarily used for wound care. It’s not something you can find in every pharmacy, but you can buy it online easily enough.

A 5-ounce tube costs around $15-20, but not only is it worth every penny, a little bit goes a long way. And after experiencing the healing capabilities of this cream firsthand, I did some research to find out why it was so much more effective than other lotions and creams that I’d tried.

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The key to Atrac-Tain’s effectiveness lies in its main active ingredients: urea and AHA. Urea is a chemical compound found in urine (though this cream, thankfully, uses a synthetic version) that acts like a moisture magnet by attracting water to dry skin cells.

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AHA, or alpha hydroxy acid, is a skincare ingredient made from fruit, milk, or sugar cane. It penetrates dead skin cells and loosens the molecular bonds that attach them to the underlying tissues, encouraging them to slough off to expose the newer skin underneath.

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For those who suffer from dry, cracked heels like me, or dry skin in general, urea and AHA are a powerful duo. They work together to revitalize dry, injured skin and restore it to a softer, more moisturized state.

If you don’t believe me, check out the reviews on Amazon! You can read page after page of people RAVING about this stuff, including people who with eczema, lymphedema, and other skin conditions. Personally, I feel like I’ve tried everything under the sun for dry skin, but nothing has come close to how well this works on my dry heels.

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How To Use Atrac-Tain To Heal Cracked Heels

I start by washing my feet, preferably after soaking for awhile to soften up the dry skin.

Then I slather Atrac-Tain cream onto both feet, pull on a pair of clean socks, and go to bed. That’s all there is to it! Using it regularly will give you the best results, but you will likely notice a difference after just one night. Use nightly until your dry skin is gone and any cracks have healed, then use as needed.

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I know there are other dry skin and cracked heel sufferers out there like me, so I couldn’t wait to share this! I don’t want anyone to suffer needlessly when this little “miracle” is so readily available. Time to find your happy feet (and hands) again! :-)

Do you struggle with dry, cracked heels?

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  • After three hospital stays for my husband and me, I find the Coloplast products to be the best there are. Yes, they’re expensive but so worth the price. My mother had terrible, painful bedsores and the wound specialist recommended their product and within a week, they were completely healed. Coloplast is my “go to” when other remedies fail.

  • Hi Jillie, I just read your post on dry-cracked heels, sensitive skin, and shampoo. I will order the heel cream today,
    Regarding sensitive skin, I’ve found that I can only use certain shampoos(Nizoral and Head & Shoulders Eucalyptus) and I can only use Neutragenia original bar soap.
    I also have to avoid cream rinses. I have to shampoo and then bend over to rinse so I get as little shampoo & rinse down my back.
    A good anti-itch cream is “Sarna Sensitive” it has the same ingredients as Nizoral.
    Thanks for the dry heel cream post.

  • Simple petroleum jelly with socks works for me too. Slather up feet and hands, pull on socks and gloves and go to bed. In the morning, it’s amazing how much better things will look. But we live in FL – high humidity and far less cold than northern states.

  • I have the hereditary skin disease ichthyosis vulgaris which gets horrible in winter. In the 1990s, a dermatologist gave me a prescription for a lotion very much like this. The pharmacist had to mix it; it contained 2 major products, one of which was urea, and it burned like fire, but it worked. Recently, a dermatologist told me to get the Atrac-tain lotion. I haven’t bought it yet because the cost was a little shocking, and I’m on Social Security. Based on your glowing recommendation, I will purchase it to see if it works as well as that old formula.

  • Jillee, this was the first thing I ever read on your site…many years back. It has been my family’s go-to cure for cracked dry feet ever since. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Best tip ever and a tube really does last a long time.

  • Just increase your Omegas (Essential Fatty Acids), or do dry skin brushing, or jump on a rebounder, or use a far-infrared sauna regularly, and it should help dry skin all over the body! I’m interested to hear where you got info that UREA can ever come from anything other than URINE? Steer clear of parabens and petroleum as they accumulate in the fat cells of the body and are very difficult to remove. Check out all body products and makeup at http://www.EWG.org/skindeep, an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization looking out for our best interests.

  • Hello everyone! Hey, I just went online and found this creme. In fact, I found the whole “Coloplast” line. I am in Iowa, and I found this at my local Walmart! The whole line! It is $11.11 with free 2-day shipping. I do not know to what degree the Walmart stores reach out…how far around the Midwest. This may be something you want to check out. Just hope to help! God bless. :>)

  • I ordered this after I read your article. I have seriously dry feet and this cream is amazing!! I have never used anything like it. My feet are so soft now; I can’t remember the last time they felt like this. I can’t thank you enough.

  • Because I have to take some very powerful medicines, I have the worst dry skin ever. I tried every dry skin product on the market. I have gotten the most relief from this product. Even the lady who does my pedicure noticed the difference!

  • Yes, my heels are dry and cracked but my main concern is VERY, VERY dry skin, and when I put lotion on overnight with socks, my feet get too itchy and don’t look any better……
    I need something to heal very dry skin.
    Thank you.

  • My fam.dr. prescribed this for my ultra dry cracked feet. I have used it for several years now, applying it every time after showering. It is also available now in my supermarket (Europe, DE – NL) at a few Euros.

  • I’ve been using it for several years. Love it. My heels would crack too. The skin around my nails and my cuticles get so dry, they were like the rough side of velcro. Catching in things.

    • Karol, I was so glad when I saw your comment about the skin around your nails! In August, I had a nail fungus on my thumb. The fungus is gone and my nail is already nearly grown out and healthy, but the skin on that side of my thumb cracks and even bleeds and it catches on things like you said about yours. The affected skin goes clear to the joint of my thumb. Also, my other thumb keeps cracking on the corner, right where the nail starts to grow out past your fingertip. It is SO very painful! At its worst (on both thumbs), I put antibiotic ointment and band-aids…but I can tell you, trying to use thumbs with band-aids on them is a real trick!! I’m going to get this cream and hope and pray it works.

  • I ordered this dry skin cream last year when you recommended it. It’s the best ever! My husband has extremely dry skin from working in construction, and especially during the winter. He says his skin has never felt better! And we try a lot of lotions… i think i just sent in for our 3rd order! Thanks for recommending!

  • Hi Jillee…I use this compound under another brand name. But, after slathering this all over my heels, I put on a shower cap (the kind you get at a hotel)…then the socks. No cream soaking into socks.

    Love your site!

  • I had foot surgery and this is what I was given. I live in Canada,and our winters are hard on our skin .So one day I figured I would try it on my face elbows knees and every where including my face right out of the shower and it worked like the best creams and lotions I have ever tried . I use it every day from Fall to Spring ! Great product! :o)

  • This cream is amazing. It does get rid of dry skin. I had a rough scaly patch on front of my shin. Within a week it had broken up the patch & clear softer skin was under that. I love it.

  • Thank you so much for this post! I have tried so many things to fix my dry heals and big toe but Atrac-Tain cream is the only thing that works! My biggest concern is that I have diabetes and taking care of my feet is very important to me.

    Thank you, again,


  • Thank you for recommending this Atrac-Tain Cream; it is, truly, a miracle cream. I have been using this cream for about a month and my dry/itchy skin is smooth and hydrated. I enjoy your blog post because the information posted is always helpful. Again, thanks for the tip and all the other info that you post.

  • So, I’ve been using this on my legs & hands for about a month, and I’m tickled pink! My skin is so much softer & smooher, and the itching is gone! I am so grateful to you for sharing this, and for finally having relief after over 20 years of itching, rashes and bleeding! Thank you, Jillee!

  • We burn wood for heat here in Michigan and hubby’s hands are always dry and with a crack or two. I bought 2, one for home and one for him to take to work. Thank you for passing this along.

  • My dermatologist recommended it to me because of my dry cracked skin. It’s awesome at healing!!! Definitely worth the price…and a little goes a long way!!!

  • When my sisters have been in the hospital staff used this same cream on their dry skin. And because hospital can’t use the open tube on other patients, my sisters got to take home the remainder. It’s amazing! So glad you shared.

  • Thank you so much for this post. I have a lot of trouble with my hands and feet in the winter. My fingertips get deep very painful cracks. Sometimes my knuckles get very dry and so do my heels. I saw that someone said they use Bag Balm and I have found that this won’t work for me on my fingertips. So I will order this cream. Hopefully this will end my suffering!

  • I recently discovered this product, too. I’m still on my first tube. It’s the only product I’ve tried that has made a significant difference in my deeply calloused heels.

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