Corns and calluses can be defined as tough patches of skin that in effect protect the sensitive foot tissue from pressure and friction. When pressure is applied on a certain part of the body, the skin will start to blister and thicken. This is a normal body response to protect that area from pressure. Eventually, the skin around the area will thicken from repeated contact.
9 Inexpensive Practical Tips to Prevent Corns or Calluses At Home
Dip a piece of white or stale bread into 1/4 cup of white vinegar. Let it soak for 30 minutes then place bread over corn or callus then cover with gauze or a large bandaid and leave on overnight. In the morning, the hard callused skin will be dissolved and corn should easily be removed. Thick corns and calluses may take several treatments applications to remove.
Licorice and Petroleum Jelly
Grind a few licorice sticks and mix with 1/2 teaspoon petroleum jelly then rub mixture onto affected areas of feet. The mixture helps to soft and moisturize skin for easier removal of corns and calluses.
Baking soda can also be used as a natural treatment for callus and corns as it acts as an exfoliating agent. The antifungal and antibacterial properties of baking soda keep the skin free from infections and aid healing process. Add three tablespoonfuls of baking soda in warm water tub and soak your feet in it for a few minutes. Now remove the dead skin by rubbing it with a pumice stone.
The antibacterial and antifungal properties of garlic not only help prevent infections but also treat corns. Rub half of the garlic clove on the corn and let it dry. Cover it with a bandage and leave it on overnight. Remove bandage the next morning and wash your feet with warm water. Try this remedy until you get satisfied results.
Papaya has enzymes that help remove hard and dead skin. Besides, it can provide relief from pain and discomfort. Prepare a juice of papaya and apply it on the affected area. Secure the corn with a bandage. Leave it on overnight and remove it the next morning. Then exfoliate the skin by using a pumice stone.
Place a slice of onion dipped in vinegar over the callus and secure it with the help of a bandage. Leave it overnight and remove in the morning. This process must be repeated until callus softens.
Cut a lemon wedge and place it over the area with corn or callus. Secure it with the help of a bandage. Leave it overnight and remove in the morning. This must be repeated until the corn/callus disappears completely.
Dip a cotton swab in some castor oil and place it to cover the corn. Wrap a bandage around it to prevent its movement. This is a natural remedy to remove callus.
Pineapple peel contains certain enzymes which help in softening corns and calluses and removing them from the skin. Place a small piece of fresh pineapple peel over the affected area and wrap a clean cloth around it. Do this every night for a week. You can also apply pineapple juice to the corns.
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