A callus is a thickening of the skin on the palm of the hand or the soles of the feet due to a repeated rubbing. The formation of a callus is not a serious condition; the skin thickens as a protective reaction. Using a liquid callus remover can help to get rid of your callus.
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The medication in a liquid callus remover is salicyclic acid, a keratolytic in the family of salytolic acids known best for their use in acne treatments. The salicyclic acid works by increasing the amount of moisture in the area and breaking down the bonds that cause the skin cells to stick together. This then makes the excess skin easier to remove by the use of a file or a pumice stone.
Liquid callus remover comes in two different forms: liquids and gels. A liquid or gel remover comes with an application tool that will allow you to drop the salicyclic acid on the callus and then smooth it over the skin area. A donut type pad may be included so that you can help take pressure off of the callus while the medicine is working. If no donut pad is included you may cover the area with a bandage.
When using a liquid callus remover follow the directions on the packaging. Clean the affected area with soap and water. You may use a pumice stone or file to remove the first layer of dead skin and aid in the function of the acid. Apply the salicyclic acid with application tool. Cover the callus with the donut pad or band-aid. Repeat every 48 hours as needed for up to 14 days or until the callus is removed.
The Mayoclinic.com has several tips on how you can avoid calluses. Wear shoes that fit properly. If you can't wiggle your toes the shoes are too tight and may cause calluses. You or the shoe store should attempt to stretch the shoes. If this does not help reduce the rubbing you may choose to cover the areas that tend to rub with bandages. Wear padded gloves when taking part in activities that result in prolonged rubbing of the hands such as weight lifting, bike riding or using hand tools.
A slight burning or redness can be expected with the use of this product. Do not use on dry, chapped, cracked or otherwise irritated skin. Salicyclic acid is not meant for usage on moles, birthmarks, or warts growing hair from them, or those with red edges or of an unusual color. If a rash occurs to the skin surrounding the callus while using salicyclic acid discontinue use and seek the advice of a medical professional.