Fish cream can re­pair painful cracked heels

Daily Mail - - Good Health -

CREAM made from fish skin could soothe cracked skin, such as on the heels.

Kere­cis cream con­tains oil from the skin of At­lantic cod, which is rich in the type of fatty acids that main­tain skin mois­ture.

The out­er­most layer of hu­man skin is made up of sev­eral lay­ers of dead cells. When cells die, they dry out and are even­tu­ally shed to be re­placed by new tis­sue.

Be­tween the dried cells is a sub­stance rich in the fatty acids that keep the skin struc­ture in­tact and wa­ter­tight.

When these lay­ers lose the fatty acids, the skin be­comes tight and in­flamed, caus­ing itch­ing, pain and cal­luses.

Be­cause the fatty acids in fish and hu­man skin are sim­i­lar, the idea is that the new cream, de­vel­oped by Ice­landic firm Kere­cis, will act as a re­place­ment.

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