How to Remove Calluses With These 4 Weird Remedies
You probably never thought that you’d ever have to learn how to remove calluses, especially from your feet, right?
That was at least up until that day you came home from a long day at work and discovered that your feet have in fact developed this tedious foot condition.
Or worse, the day you decided you wanted to take a trip out to the beach or the lake.
You were up on your feet the whole time, dealing with the different issues and problems that tend to spring up. You are tired and exhausted and were looking forward to the relaxing evening at the beach that you had planned.
You get home, jump out of your workplace attire and feel the stress fade away as you gather your beach necessities.
You throw off your tight, uncomfortable shoes to replace them with your new, colorful flip-flops, but you stop in your paths as soon as you see the condition of your feet.
And there they were. Calluses.
That thick, rough skin. Yellow and gray patches. Cracks and dryness. The works.
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Suddenly, your open-toed and flimsy flip-flops no longer seemed to be the best idea after all.
Luckily, there’s good news: We can tell you how to remove calluses so that you won’t have to sit and suffer with drying feet that are rough to the touch.
First and foremost, it’s always important to pay close attention to your feet, especially if your skin is prone to dryness and/or irritation. By paying attention to the health of your feet, you can prevent and treat calluses at home without needing a trip to the doctor (whew!).
Taking this first important step can save you a trip to the doctor (because let’s be honest here. No one likes having to wait at the doctor’s office).
Besides, when you learn how to remove calluses on your own, you’ll see that it will be much easier to keep them from coming back.
Calluses can be discouraging
They’re not sexy. They’re not pretty. And they can just make you feel SO uncomfortable around other people.
No one wants that. And you definitely don’t deserve to feel that way.
Our Guide on How to Remove Calluses From Your Feet
There are a lot of different ways that you can get rid of your calluses. Let’s begin with the most natural-seeming and most popular one–foot soaks.
Ah, yes. Something you’ll come to learn we are quite fond of here. Here’s why:
Not only can they help you get rid of your unsightly calluses, but they can also give you a wonderful, relaxing night in.
With foot soaks, you have a lot of options with how exactly to customize them for your own personal needs.
Take a look at some of the foot soaks we’ve put together in this article.
You can adjust the ingredients to your liking, depending on what irritates your skin, what’s available to you or even what smells or fragrances you enjoy the most.
#1. We Love Epsom Salt to Help Remove Calluses–And You Will, Too!
We constantly talk about this particular “wonder salt”. And we do it for good reason.
This magnesium-sulfate salt can penetrate through dead layers easily and soften up all the rough areas of your feet and make calluses ready for removal.
To create such a foot soak, fill a deep basin or tub with very warm water (as warm as you can handle) and then add a few teaspoons of human-grade Epsom salt, which you can obtain from any grocery store or convenience store.
Next, sit down in front of the tub and gently place your feet in the solution. You can keep your feet soaked for about twenty to thirty minutes.
Usually, it ends up being longer because of how relaxed and wonderful this warm foot soak feels! For those who prefer not to use Epsom salt or do not have it available, no need to worry. There is always an alternative.
#2. Vinegar and Listerine (What?!)
This is because of the key ingredients.
Listerine has in it thymol, which acts as an antibacterial and antifungal. Vinegar, of course, is an acetic acid, which by definition can help in loosening the dead skin.
Combining these two together is the secret! With a 1:1:2 ratio of vinegar, Listerine, and water to create your at-home foot soak and place your feet inside for about ten to twenty minutes. Make sure not to go over the limit for this one though, as the acidic properties in the ingredients might have a negative effect. These foot soaks and information about them will certainly lead you to understand more about how to remove calluses.
The next step is arguably one of the most important ones.
How can you remove all your dead skin without a good old scrub?
Exfoliation is a sure-fire way to really strip off the layers and layers of dead skin that are encompassing your feet. And again, the best thing about this is that home exfoliation can be better than professional exfoliation.
You will be in charge of how you do things so the chances and risk of further damage is almost none. And of course, it is cheap! A one-time investment in a good sponge, loofah or even a washcloth, depending on what you prefer, can last you a long time with extremely soft feet.
For those with more stubborn rough skin, there are even specific tools out there for the foot area alone.
Metal foot files can be bought and used to scrub away at those tough spots. Pumice stones can help as well, and even these come in many different forms.
You should be cautious though: Excessive exfoliation can lead to more damage if you overboard with it. You should be able to know when your feet have had enough.
Exfoliation should not be uncomfortable or painful and when your feet begin to get tired of it, stop immediately!
On the topic of exactly how to remove calluses with exfoliation, you should always begin with damp feet.
This should, in most cases, follow your wonderful foot soak, as discussed previously.
Once your feet are damp and ready to go, you can grab your trusty exfoliating device and go to town on the roughest and driest parts of your feet, but very gently.
Make sure not to forget any parts of your feet. Scrub your ankles, heels, even around the toes! Dry skin can collect in all crevices of your feet.
Once you are done with that, grab a heavy duty foot moisturizer and slather it all over your newly softened feet. The moisturizer should help greatly in keeping the skin soft, supple and plump. By repeating this a few times a week, you will find that the callus creation will have greatly decreased!
However, it might not work for everyone. If you are the type with constant regrowth of tough skin and are STILL wondering how to remove calluses after all those foot soaks and scrubbing, you may want to look into lotions with acid.
#3. Acid Treatments That Won’t Harm Your Skin
No, it is not as painful as it sounds.
Mild skincare acids are a favorite for those who have a passion for beauty and it is well-known in the cosmetics industry how helpful they are.
What kind of acids, you may be wondering, and how do they even work?
Well, the acids in question are salicylic acid treatments or alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) treatments. These acids, especially salicylic acids, are available in almost all drug stores in liquid drops. You can add these drops before you begin to exfoliate and they help greatly with the removal of dead skin layers.
The acid helps increase the cell turnover rate and reveals healthy, rejuvenated skin. Salicylic acid may even come in a liquid bandage form for those that require it.
With 12 to 17 percent acid, this treatment is usually applied between the toes and quickly clear up that area in no time.
Of course, precautions should be taken, as with any other method that you are using.
You should be extremely careful and gentle when applying this acid treatment. It can be irritating to healthier skin, so you should avoid smearing it across the whole foot.
Instead, concentrate it only on the areas that are bothering you for better results. For best usage, be sure to remove the dead skin with exfoliation before every reapplication so you are not just applying the solution over and over again in the same area.
Investing in some good quality and heavy-duty, intensive moisturizers and lotions will also leave your feet better off after all that soaking, exfoliation and acid treatment. For those with worse skin on their feet, having a medical grade lotion is not a bad idea at all.
Obviously, you will need such an intensive lotion as the skin on your feet is about two and a half times thicker than that of your face. The moisturizer should be able to penetrate all those layers with ease.
One example of such a lotion would be Urea, which can easily be obtained over the counter with a twenty five percent concentration.
Applying this lotion or others like it at least once a day, at night most preferably and for full effect, will be great for your feet. However, make sure to not apply it over any bleeding or sore cracks as that would just have a negative impact or even reversal on the healing of that wound.
Besides these, there also exist some very unconventional ways on how to remove calluses that a lot of people have grown to love and incorporate into their routine.
#4. How to Remove Calluses Using Items In Your Fridge
Food ingredients have been known to house some pretty great minerals and nutrients and are great for multi-purposing things you already have in your kitchen. If you are up for trying something different, why not go for one of these?
Yes, it is not only a delicious fruit, but it can be useful in tackling your foot care issues as well.
To use this method, peel off the skin of the pineapple (yes, you can eat the pineapple itself) and you can secure the peel using medicated gauges or even duct tape. Cover the calluses with the peels for about twenty minutes and change the peels regularly.
If the smell or sliminess doesn’t bother you, your calluses will be well on their way to removal because pineapple peels house an enzyme that is very beneficial for dissolving dead skin tissues.
This method is great if you hate wasting items, so you can eat your pineapple and not have to throw any part of it away at all.
If fruits are your calling and you don’t have a pineapple around, why not try a lemon?
Acidic lemon peels over calluses can also help to quickly dissolve nasty calluses.
But wait. Why stop there?
What other foods can you smear on your feet for good results?
White vinegar combined with a slice of white onion can also help to soften some stubborn corns and calluses on your feet. If you love vinegar and want to use it in other ways, how about apple cider vinegar?
A wonderful treatment for rough and dry feet, and even athlete’s foot, apple cider vinegar has been proven to work.
Add five cups of apple cider vinegar with water in a foot soak and use that for general foot health. If you are looking to specifically move certain calluses, soak a cotton ball in the mixture and tape it to your callous before bed.
Repeat as necessary to see great results. And of course, these are all home remedies that have been shown to work with consistent use, so don’t knock it until you try it.
Now that you have read through this detailed guide on exactly how to remove calluses, you should be ready to go with regards to your own feet.
There are multiple methods and ways available that you can utilize, depending on what is easiest and most bearable for you (not everyone wants to go through their day with onions strapped to their feet) and constant use of any method should do the trick.
Within just a few weeks, you will find yourself living a very different day. Again, you will have a long, tiresome day at work. But this time, you will come home, kick off your uncomfortable shoes and smile happily down at your wonderful, soft and healthy feet.
Wearing flip-flops is no longer an embarrassment anymore and you can relax on the beach without a care in the world.