Calluses, or spots in the skin that have become hard, thick and dry due to friction, are both unsightly and uncomfortable to have. The good thing is, there are several things you can do to remove your calluses yourself, naturally. Read on:
- Consult with your doctor. It’s important that you get your doctor’s go-signal before you do any type of home remedy. It’s especially necessary if your callus is already oozing with puss.
- Do this procedure before you sleep. This is because you will need to treat your callus overnight.
- Prepare the materials. You will need the following: soap, warm water, baking soda, vinegar, corn starch, file or pumice stone, a clean towel, cotton balls, a piece of cloth or gauze and some adhesive tape.
- Clean your callus and soak it. Use soap and warm water and thoroughly but very gently clean your callus and its surrounding areas. After cleaning your callus, soak it in a mixture of warm water and 3 tablespoons baking soda. This will help soften your callus and make it easier to file away later on. Soak the area of your body with the callus for about 25 to 30 minutes. Afterwards, use a clean cloth to dry the spot completely – and this is very important, because even slight moisture can cause this treatment procedure to be less effective.
- Apply a bit of cornstarch on the affected area. After drying your callus thoroughly, now, put on a bit of cornstarch in order to ensure that it does stay dry. Remove the excess.
- Apply vinegar. Vinegar is a very effective but natural disinfectant that will ensure that bacteria will not get in your callus as you treat it. Get your piece of cotton ball and soak it for a few seconds on a bowl of vinegar. You could use apple cider vinegar or white vinegar for this purpose. Squeeze the cotton ball so you could get rid of the excess vinegar; the point is the cotton should be adequately soaked with vinegar but not dripping wet.
- Carefully place the cotton ball over your callus. Here’s a word of caution – never allow the cotton to touch an area of your skin that doesn’t have callous. That’s because apple cider vinegar is very strong and acidic, and it might cause your skin to become dry and cracked if it is placed over an area that doesn’t have the callus. Make sure that you remove parts of the cotton ball until it only entirely covers the affected area. Secure the cotton ball over the affected area using the piece of gauze or clean piece of cloth, and the adhesive tape. Let it stay put overnight. The vinegar will work to react chemically with the callus, causing it to soften and eventually dissolve.
- Remove the gauze in the morning. Check the status of your callus. Wash it with clean, warm water and soap, and dry it thoroughly. Use a sanitized file or clean pumice stone to file away the callus. Do this very gently; you wouldn’t want to risk injuring your skin.
There you have it! These are the steps for removing calluses naturally. Do know that you may have to repeat this procedure over several nights, until your callus is successfully removed. Good luck, and hope this helped!