Callus Remover Guide
Are you looking for a painless callus remover? Calluses are generally not painful in themselves and, for the most part, they are not harmful to the skin. The main issue with calluses is that they’re a real eyesore (especially when they are located on the foot) and cause the skin to become rough to the touch. In some cases, a callus can lead to infection, especially if it is located in an area where excessive irritation can occur. Cracking can allow bacteria under the skin where it can become trapped and inflamed.
What is a callus and how is it caused?
Calluses are patches of skin that become bumpy and coarse. In some cases, the skin can turn yellow or light brown in color due to the buildup of deadened skin cells. The skin of a callus will most often be hard to the touch and in some cases can snag against clothing. Calluses are caused by repetitive contact to a localized area of skin. They are most often found on the feet, usually the sides of toes, and on the backs of ankles due to the constant pressure and rubbing from shoes. People who work with their hands, such as carpenters or musicians, as well as weight lifters and athletes such as baseball and tennis players, may develop calluses on the palms of their hands and fingers as a result of repetitive rubbing from equipment. You may even have one on your middle finger if you write with a pen or pencil often.
Store-Bought Callus Remover Products
There are plenty of different types of callus removers available in the market today. The first type of callus remover we are going to talk about is an abrasive tool used to literally grate the dead callused skin away. This sounds painful but if it is done the right way, it doesn’t hurt at all! Bear in mind that the skin there is dead, so any resulting pain is likely due to overuse of the tool. Ped Egg is a foot file that has gained significant popularity recently, but there are similar callus graters available by different brands. These callus removers are typically targeted towards the removal of calluses located on feet as grating could be a little too intense for calluses on more sensitive regions such as hands.
There are also liquid products available by popular brands like Dr Scholl’s and Sally Hansen which can be applied to calluses on any area of the body. Some of these products have exfoliating properties which use small abrasive materials such as sand to gently scrub away at the skin. Others contain items such as salicylic acid and/or ether to soften and remove the skin through repetitive applications. These methods do take a few weeks to show improvement and require repetitive applications; however they are much less abrasive and help to nourish the healthy skin underneath the callus.
DIY Callus Remover Ideas
If you only have one or two calluses, the idea of spending a lot of money just to cure a few superficial bumps on the skin can be a little annoying. The good news is that you can get rid of your calluses using cheap, widely-available ingredients at home. The first DIY callus solution requires three tablespoons of baking soda, a bucket of warm water, corn starch, a bit of old cloth (if you have an old t-shirt, just cut a strip from it), and some vinegar. Before you start mixing up your concoction, wash the callused area using soap and warm water. This will remove any dirt and help soften the skin so that your callus potion can penetrate the skin easier. To make the solution, toss the baking soda into some warm water and mix it well. Soak the callused area in this solution for about half an hour. Dry the area well, then dab a bit of cornstarch directly to the callus. Finally, soak the strip of cloth in a bit of vinegar and place it over the callus. You can secure it using tape or simply tie it off if the cloth is long enough. This must be left for at least four hours and is much more effective if you leave it on overnight. After you wake up, rinse the area and try to avoid putting pressure or rubbing the area. If the callus is located on your foot, place a band-aid over it to prevent rubbing from the shoe. This method should be done every night until the callus disappears.
If you don’t have the time (or desire) to mess with mixing and applications, then you can always purchase a cheap pumice stone—and by cheap, I mean a dollar or two. Soak the callus in warm water for about fifteen minutes. Rub the pumice stone over the callused area for about thirty seconds. Allow the skin to soak for another ten minutes, then dry and apply baby oil or a thick, hydrating lotion. You can do this every day or as often as you like until you are satisfied with the texture of the skin.