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Natural Callus Removal

author image M.H. Dyer
M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.
Natural Callus Removal
Avoid walking barefoot on hard surfaces if you have calluses. Photo Credit Staras/iStock/Getty Images

Calluses usually appear on the feet or hands, but the areas of rough, thick skin can create a problem anywhere the skin is exposed to repeated friction. It might seem rude, but the best way to get rid of calluses is to be a little bit rough and abrasive. Be gentle but persistent, because removing the thick, dead skin may require several treatments. Natural treatments are often best; over-the-counter callus treatments commonly contain acids that may burn the skin.

Step 1

Take a warm bath or shower and let callused areas soften in the warm water for at least five minutes.

Step 2

Rub callused areas gently with a pumice stone or callus file to remove the thin, outermost layer of skin. Don't rub hard, and don't try to remove an entire callus in one treatment.

Step 3

Dry the callused area with an absorbent towel, then apply a thick moisturizing cream.

Step 4

Pumice callused areas at least three times per week. Once the calluses are removed, continue to use the pumice stone regularly to keep the area callus-free.

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Step 5

Cushion callused areas with an adhesive bandage or stick-on moleskin to relieve pressure and friction.

Step 6

Prevent development of new calluses by wearing properly fitting shoes and socks. Wear gloves if the calluses are on your hands.

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