Calluses are areas of thickened, hardened and dry skin that appear when that area is subject to too much pressure or friction. Since our feet are subject to repeated contact during our frequent walking, that is where calluses most frequently form. Although inherently harmless, sometimes calluses may lead to other complications. And other than that, they are just plain ugly to look at!
There are plenty of different callus removers you can find online. But as effective as they might be, nothing beats an old fashioned natural remedy. Here are some proven ways to remove your calluses naturally.
1. Soaking in warm water with Epsom salts
This is probably the easiest and practical of all methods. Just fill a bucket with warm water and add some Epsom salt to it. Now soak the callus in the bucket. The warm water softens your skin, and the Epsom salts make it easier to scrub the callus away.
2. Scrubbing with pumice stone
Another easy way to remove calluses is to scrub them off using a pumice stone. Just make sure your skin is softened beforehand. You can do this by soaking it in some warm water. Now you rub the stone vigorously in the callus in a circular pattern. Clean the stone in intervals to remove the dead skin. Repeat until skin turns pink.
Another way to make the callus goes away is to make sure it is dry all the time. Under no circumstances should you allow the affected region to remain damp. Rub any moisture away with a towel.
4. Using pineapples
This is probably the weirdest sounding entry in the list but yes, it works. Pineapple peels contain enzymes that help in softening calluses, and eventually removing them from the skin. Place a piece of pineapple over the affected area and wrap it with a clean cloth. Repeat every night for a week.
5. Using vinegar
Another great natural remedy is the vinegar. Soak a cotton ball in vinegar and apply it to the affected area. Wrap a clean cloth around it and leave it for the night. In the morning rub the area with a pumice stone. Extra precaution must be taken to apply the vinegar only at the affected region.
6. Soaking in chamomile tea
This is another effective natural way to get rid of calluses. Put chamomile tea into your soak. Soaking the affected region in diluted chamomile tea will temporarily change the pH of the skin and help dry out the affected region. The callus can then be scrubbed off. The tea can stain you skin but the stain is removable.
7. Choosing a better footwear/use pads
Prevention is better than cure, so they say. Our feet are more likely to grow calluses than any other part in our body. Women should try and avoid wearing heels when they can. Also it is wise to pad the shoes we wear to prevent calluses from forming above our heels. There are footwear designed to prevent calluses that we ought to use.
8. Regularly washing feet/hands
Another preventive method is to wash your feet and hands regularly. Since these regions are more likely to grow calluses than any other parts of your body, it is wise to always keep them clean and moisturized. Note that this is effective only before the growth of calluses. Once they appear, the affected region must not be kept damp.