Calluses usually appear on the feet or hands, but the areas of rough, thick skin can create a problem anywhere the skin is exposed to repeated friction. It might seem rude, but the best way to get rid of calluses is to be a little bit rough and abrasive. Be gentle but persistent, because removing the thick, dead skin may require several treatments. Natural treatments are often best; over-the-counter callus treatments commonly contain acids that may burn the skin.
Take a warm bath or shower and let callused areas soften in the warm water for at least five minutes.
Rub callused areas gently with a pumice stone or callus file to remove the thin, outermost layer of skin. Don't rub hard, and don't try to remove an entire callus in one treatment.
Dry the callused area with an absorbent towel, then apply a thick moisturizing cream.
Pumice callused areas at least three times per week. Once the calluses are removed, continue to use the pumice stone regularly to keep the area callus-free.
Cushion callused areas with an adhesive bandage or stick-on moleskin to relieve pressure and friction.
Prevent development of new calluses by wearing properly fitting shoes and socks. Wear gloves if the calluses are on your hands.
- Never remove calluses with sharp tools such as knives or razor blades.
- Don't attempt to remove calluses at home if you have diabetes.
- See your physician if natural home treatments fail to alleviate the calluses or if the calluses are painful.
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