Do you insist on wearing that nice pair of shoes that no longer fits? Are you active in sports such as tennis? Or maybe, you are just like me who prefers to clean using a mop; and unfortunately, our repetitive actions cause calluses to develop on our feet and hands.
And you are probably wondering if there is a solution to this? If yes, what is it? Well, there are highly effective home remedies for callus removal and this post aims to educate you on some of them.
1. Soaking in Warm Water
This is the most common method and it is as easy as it sounds. Soak your feet in warm water, it can be soapy if you wish; gently use a pumice stone to scrub off the dead skin.
Do not take off too much skin as it may cause bleeding and probably an infection later.
Afterward, use a moisturizing cream or lotion preferably one with urea, salicylic acid or ammonium nitrate. This is because they help in softening the callus. Salicylic acid may be used in itself but some doctors discourage it citing skin damage to uninfected areas. If used, ensure to apply on infected area solely. This remedy is appropriate for hands as well.
2. Pineapple Peel
Pineapple peels contain acids and enzymes that quicken the softening and eventually removal calluses by dissolving dead skins.
Prepare the peels you need and place them on the infected areas in a way where the inside of the peel touches the callus. Fasten them with a cloth, duct tape or bandage.
You can change the peels hourly, daily or every alternate day whichever you prefer. This method is expected to have cleared calluses within a week at least.
3. Sugar Scrub
Key ingredients are granulated sugar, from half a cup to three-quarters and mineral oil. Granulated sugar is a thorough exfoliator, meaning it is ideal for the removal of dead skin. The mineral oil should be added generously so as to make the combination a loose paste.
Other ingredients such as musk, peppermint, or any essential oil such as lemon can be added. Mix everything then gently rub and scrub against the callus.
In circular strokes, massage lightly for twenty minutes. When you no longer feel the sugar particles, wash off with lukewarm water and moisturize.
Repeat this 2-3 times a week and keep in mind the paste can be used on any area you wish to soften not just the calluses.
4. Baking Powder
The first method will be to make a paste from three parts baking soda and a part water. Use the paste to gently massage the callus for a few minutes then wash off with warm water. Remove the dead skin cells using a pumice stone. The second way is filling a tub or a basin with warm water and adding three parts baking powder. Stir fully then soak your feet in it for about half an hour or at least ten minutes. Wash your feet and scrub off the dead skin cells with a pumice stone.
Do not forget to dry your feet after both methods and use a moisturizer. You can use either method or both once a day, or three days a week until you get the desired results.
5. Bread and Vinegar
Yes, you have read right, bread. Even I have to admit I found this quite ridiculous at first. However, after extensive research, I am convinced otherwise as this happens to be one of the most effective ways to end calluses.
Bread is mainly used for application and it can also double as a paste, while vinegar has antibacterial properties and high acidity which aids in softening skin.
Begin by soaking your feet in warm water then gently rubbing the affected area with a pumice stone. After cleaning make sure to dry them. Soak 1/2 a slice of bread into 1/2 a cup of distilled white vinegar or you may use apple cider vinegar. The quantity should, however, depend on the size of the affected area.
Place the soaked bread over the callus and bandage it or wrap it with gauze before fastening it with tape.
Allow it to stay throughout the night; come morning take the bandage off and apply a moisturizer. Repeat the process every night until the calluses are completely gone.
6. Lemon Juice.
Last but definitely not least, it does not come as a surprise considering all the skin remedies lemons seem to possess. For instance, the acidity they contain finishes calluses fast and help ease discomfort acquired from the condition.
You can use either the lemon peel or the lemon juice, both are equally efficient for hand and foot callus removal. Soak a piece of sponge or cotton ball in lemon juice and use it to apply the infected places.
Fasten with a bandage and leave it overnight, replace it with a new soaked cotton ball in the morning. Repeat this until your feet are clear of callus.
Another alternative, place a small piece of lemon peel about an inch tall and toe width on the callus and secure it with a bandage overnight. Replace it with another peel in the morning and continue with the trend until you are callus free.
I hope you have enjoyed learning and found the appropriate remedies for you or to advise a friend on using.
It is said prevention is better than cure so here are a few tips; always keep your hands and feet moisturized and do not wear loose or tight shoes, you can find the guide to a comfy shoe here.
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