Calluses are patches of thick skin caused by friction and they can be a literal pain. They often occur on hands and feet and, while normally harmless, can become infected if not treated. Although doctors can treat calluses with specialty shavers, acids, or a pumice stone, but there are also some simple remedies around the house that can be used to treat calluses using simple items.
Use a baking soda pasteAdding baking soda to a foot bath can help heal calluses, but there is a less messy way. Mix baking soda with water to make a paste and apply it to your calluses regularly until they heal.
Crush some aspirinThese pills can help clear up your calluses. Crush around 5 or 6 tablets of aspirin and mix the powder with lemon juice and water. Make a paste that can be placed on the callus. Wrap the area with a warm towel and cover with a plastic bag. After around 10 minutes, scrape the callus with a pumice stone. And do not use this method if you are a diabetic or have an allergy to aspirin.
Soak in some teaWarm tea is always comforting, and it can also be good for the skin. When soaking your calluses, mix chamomile tea or tea tree oil into the water. This will help dry out your skin. If the tea stains your skin, this can easily be fixed with soap and water.
Rub with cornstarchCalluses can be easily prevented by just rubbing your feet with cornstarch to help keep them dry, this prevents calluses from getting irritated and other possible infections. This method can also soothe painful calluses and corns.
Make a vinegar wrapYou just need to soak a cotton ball in vinegar and tape it to your callus. Leave it on the area overnight and then rub it with a pumice stone. Make sure the vinegar touches the callus and not the surrounding skin.
Rub down with pineapple slicesPineapple peels have enzymes that can help soften and remove calluses. Place a small piece of fresh pineapple peel over the callus and wrap it with a piece of cloth to keep it in place. This should be done once a night for a week. Applying pineapple juice to the area can also help before and after wrapping
Use aloe overnightFor this trick, you can use either an aloe leaf or pure aloe gel. Apply the fleshy part of the plant or the gel to the callus and cover with a bandage. The callus should now be soft enough to file down.
Wear socks (or gloves) with special creams or petroleum jellyExfoliating creams or lotions can also help to treat calluses, especially if they contain salicylic acid, urea, or ammonium lactate. Moreover, skin-softening creams or petroleum jelly can also help soften the callus. Wearing socks or gloves after applying the creams can help seal in moisture for the callus on your feet or hands.
Draw the oil from vitamins A and EVitamins can help treat your skin, even when used topically. Take a needle and prick either a vitamin A or E capsule. Collect the oil and apply it to your callus. Do this before going to sleep and continue until the callus is healed.
Tape stale bread to the areaAlthough stale bread might not be good for eating, but it can help soften your skin. Soak half a slice in apple cider vinegar and tape it to your callus before going to bed. Wrap with plastic wrap and put on a cotton sock. The callus should be treated within a few hours.
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