You probably find it so annoying when you feel a thick and rough portion of skin on your feet, which could be brown, grayish, or yellow in color, although sometimes it can have the same color as the rest of your skin except that it feels thicker than your usual skin. Yes, it’s a callus your feet develop arising from some irritation or incessant rubbing from a coarse or uneven surface.
Your feet are the usual victims of calluses. They can form while wearing tight shoes or while trying to endure high heels. Callus’ on the feet are irritating especially when they hurt and make you walk uncomfortably; and they can be dark in color too, which makes you conscious when you wear slippers or shoes that don’t cover the Achilles tendons.
To remove a callus, you usually go to salons which offer foot spa treatment, using foot spa machines and certain chemicals. Of course, there are times when you don’t want to leave home; you may have your own foot spa machine at home and you prefer to not let someone do it for you. There are alternatives which you can also use so you don’t always have to go to salons or need buy an expensive foot spa machine only to use it occasionally.
3-Step Process for Callus Removal
Soak Feet in Warm Water
This surely is the easiest among all the options for removing any callus on feet or callus on hands! You just need a basin where your feet fit in comfortably and pour warm water into it until it almost reaches the top of the basin or, as long as both feet are immersed. Make sure that the callused part is completely soaked. Do this every day until the skin fully softens.
Rub off with Pumice Stone
Submerge a pumice stone in warm water. Gently rub it on the affected areas. Wash the areas with soap first before using the stone, so that their contact will be gentle.
Directly Apply Vitamin E or A or Use Castor Oil
Both of these must be gently applied on the callused skin while massaging it delicately. For Vitamins E and A, pierce a capsule of it, squeeze the content out and apply it. Vitamin E is an antioxidant, while Vitamin A is responsible for skin’s health, firmness and cell building and growth. For castor oil, you can directly apply it or, put some on a cotton ball, then set it on top of the affected skin. It has skin softening and regenerating features.
The above-mentioned process is the basic callus treatment for your feet and can be used for a callus on hands. You just need the essential materials, the right steps, the discipline, the proper execution and the consistency to succeed with this. But wait! Callus removal isn’t only limited to this process and these remedies! Surprisingly, some foods you eat and condiments you probably have at home, or you can easily purchase from the market can also be used to get rid of your callus! That’s right!!! They don’t just work for your health internally but also externally too. You ay not know that there are lots of foods that actually have health benefits for your physical body! Some of these may not be your favorite taste when it comes to eating, but when it comes to eliminating those rough skin areas, they might be your best buddies!
Here are some foods you can, not only enjoy eating, but are also excellent callus treatments and callus removers.
When life gives you lemons, put them on your calluses! You can apply lemons in many different ways. One, slice the lemon in half then place one half on your heel. Two, before doing the scrubbing thing, you can immerse your feet in the lemon’s juice or put the lemon directly on the callused portion. Three, lemon peels can also be grated and mixed with petroleum jelly.
Lemons are full of acid. They soften your hard callus until it can be removed eventually. Prevention and treatment of calluses are both outcomes of using lemon. They make the rough skin rejuvenate easily. Your feet and your hands will be more moisturized if you maintain the use of this remedy. Using this might be the answer to the softening of your feet and the healing of your splintered heels as it is a proven callus remover.
Pineapples aren’t just for juices, milkshakes and… pizzas! They are also medicinal. Take a pineapple peel and place it over the affected part and cover it with a clean fabric. Enzymes that cause calluses to diminish and dissolve can be found in pineapple peels. It’s juice can be used as well. Pineapple and it’s acids can fight infections and take off dead skin. It relieves the pain, quickens healing and restoration and allows for exfoliation and is an excellent callus remover.
Who would’ve thought that this spice can be used for your skin? Properties of garlic hinder viruses, fungi and bacteria growth and spread. It can be used to treat corns and calluses on hands and feet. Skin diseases may be treated with garlic.
Papaya is usually an ingredient in skincare products like facial masks, soaps and creams. This fruit has healing characteristics. It carries enzymes that are advantageous to human skin. It casts off and makes soft the hard upper covering of dead skin cells. Pain and irritation due to existence of calluses are also lessened. This makes papaya an excellent callus treatment.
Dead skin must be terminated so that callus can die. There are many helpful contents of an onion. It contains antioxidants which promote faster cellular action and an onion can strengthen and enrich the mitigating and eventually healing process of uncomfortable buildup of calluses. It can dampen scar appearance after the healing of the callus, assuring an absence and invisibility of left over blemishes.
An onion has properties that stop infections and the spread of bacteria and inflammation. Its components that sustain a healthy skin include Vitamin C, folic acid, magnesium and potassium. Extracts from onions moisten skin and soften the feet and soothes them as well.
How to Prevent a Callus on Feet
Shoes that Fit Properly
Definitely the most common way to prevent those annoying calluses is to avoid what forms them. Avoid wearing shoes which are too tight or too loose. Calluses result from too much pressure or rubbing. A space allowance helps but not a too spacious one. Make sure that the shape of the shoe fit is appropriate for the shape of your feet, or for your comfort. Try on and test walk around in shoes first before buying them. Let your feet breathe. If you know that your shoes don’t fit your feet perfectly, don’t wear them anymore. You might be able to handle the struggle but can you handle the callus that comes after it?
It is very helpful and comfortable to wear socks when you wear shoes, however, you should also consider wearing the “right” socks for you. Some socks don’t fit your skin type or the fabric of the socks might be too rough so it hurts and forms calluses when used.
Cover Callus-Prone Spots
If you’re going to do some running activities or a lot of walking, protect the areas prone to getting calluses even before you do those activities.
Use Foot Cream
Foot creams and lotions not only make your feet fragrant but they also make them smoother, especially the callused areas. Maintain your use of these for a soft, smooth and moisturized skin.
Replace Shoes Regularly
Over time, even if your shoes might be fitting you perfectly, they get old and their features weaken too. Your feet may get calluses because of that. As your shoes start to get older and more vulnerable to breaking, they may not be able to give the best support to your feet anymore, especially if they are the only pair you always wear!
Calluses are hard and rough, so you have to really be patient because it takes time for you to be able to completely remove them from your feet. Don’t worry though, because it’s worth it to have more beautiful skin on your feet.