C every woman encounters calluses and calluses at least once. After all, we adore trying on and wearing beautiful shoes, which are not always the most comfortable or cause discomfort in the first days after purchase.
In places where luxurious shoes or favorite sneakers squeeze the foot and rub the skin unpleasantly, calluses and corns appear – areas of hard and coarse skin.
Usually, coarse calluses do not cause discomfort, unless it is just a painful blister that has just formed. Therefore, it is not necessary to run to the doctor with corns. But rough calluses look extremely unaesthetic.
BeautyHack has researched the best methods and folk remedies to help you get rid of calluses and calluses.
Warm foot bath
Before thinking about more serious remedies, just do a warm foot bath. Steam the skin for 15 to 30 minutes, then rub the hardened skin with a hard terry towel or a special shower mitten – you may be able to get rid of the corns in this way. Soak every day to gradually get rid of rough skin completely.
A nice bonus: the foot bath is a very relaxing procedure! For the best effect, add a few drops of peppermint or pine oil and some sea salt to the water and enjoy your stay.
Salicylic acid patches
If you are worried about coarse areas of the skin and calluses, then today in pharmacies you can find many special plasters for their treatment. These patches protect the skin from further friction, prevent bacteria from entering damaged areas and gently soften rough spots. (About the types of corns and other methods of their treatment – read
The active ingredient in such patches, most often, is salicylic acid. It has disinfecting properties and gently affects the corn, softening the skin – with regular use, the corns disappear.
Castor oil is one of the best natural ingredients and a good folk remedy for nourishing and softening the skin! Warm compresses with castor oil can help soften and remove rough skin and calluses, and soothe the affected areas in case of inflammation. (For how to care for dry skin of the body – read
Plain Apple Cider Vinegar
The acid found in apple cider vinegar can help you fight calluses and rough skin – it is great for softening the skin. To do this, mix it in a 1: 4 ratio and apply a compress with the mixture on the corn. Keep it on for about 20 minutes, and then try to remove the rough skin with a hard towel or a special polishing file for the feet. Do not rub or pull hard on the skin – new lesions may lead to infection.
Pumice and polishing foot files
To restore the skin smoothness and get rid of annoying dry calluses, special polishing foot files or ordinary pumice stone will help. For the best result, using such devices should be together with one of the methods indicated above. Therefore, to begin with, soften the skin with the help of any folk remedy, and then try to gently erase the hardened skin with a file or pumice stone. If you experience any discomfort during the procedure, put the file or pumice stone aside until next time. Treat the damaged skin with an antiseptic and soften with oil.
Tea tree oil
If we talk about antibacterial, antifungal and natural antiseptics, then this is, of course, tea tree oil. In addition, tea tree oil is a good folk remedy for fighting calluses and calluses. Apply a little oil to the affected area and soak the skin in warm water for about 15 minutes. Do not keep the oil on the skin for more than the prescribed time – it has active properties and, with prolonged exposure, can cause additional skin irritation.
Baking soda and lemon juice
The secret to the effectiveness of this method lies in the chemical reaction that takes place between sodium carbonate (soda) and the acid contained in lemon juice. Together they form a mixture that works on dry and rough skin to soften.
For the procedure, add 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice to warm water and hold rough skin areas in such a mixture for several minutes. Then dissolve a tablespoon of baking soda in water – the bubbling bath will cheer you up, and the corns will become softer – you can remove them with a pumice stone or a polishing foot file.
Usually calluses and corns are not a cause for alarm. But if the hardened area of the skin is severely inflamed, discolored, or purulent discharge appears, do not postpone a visit to the doctor. The doctor will rule out the presence of a serious infection, treat the wound, and give recommendations on how to treat the callus further.
An important point!
Never try to cut off calluses and calluses with a knife or razor unless you want an inflamed wound and infection.
And to prevent new corns, make sure your shoes are comfortable, made from natural materials and allow your feet to breathe. Or, place special silicone pads on the pressure and friction areas of the skin.Text: Anya Sherstneva