When feet start to develop skin issues, it is at that exact moment when most people usually start paying more attention. Often misuse of footwear, continued friction and contact with microorganisms can be factors that affect skin and cause calluses, skin cracking and infections. The good news is that there are several home remedies that can help soften and remove dead skin on your feet as well as prevent other problems like fungi and feet infections. By following these home remedy tips, you can reduce proliferation of fungi and bacteria, preventing imbalance in the pH of your skin and bad odours. We have put together tips for you on how to remove callus, soften your skin and keep your feet healthy.
To get the most out of these home remedies, we suggest using a foot file. If you don't have one, we have reviewed top 10 foot file choices.
Aspirin with lemon juice
Take 5 aspirin tablets, grind them until a powder is obtained. Add the powder obtained in a bowl and mix with lemon juice until a compact and homogenous paste is obtained. If your paste is dry, you can add a little lemon or a tablespoon of water. Apply a layer of the mixture over areas damaged by calluses. Then leave to act 30 minutes and remove with plenty of warm water. After that you should be able to remove calluses more easily using foot file or callus shaver. Repeat 2 to 3 times a week for best results.
This foot callus remover recipe has a high concentration of beta-hydroxy acid, a fat-soluble component that cosmetics companies use to prepare creams and exfoliating lotions. It also concentrates substances that are anti-inflammatory and soothing that allow reducing tension and pain of this part of the body, and more after a full day of physical activity.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is acidic and it can help you soften the thickened skin making it easier to be removed with foot file. All you have to do is add some apple cider vinegar to water and soak your feet in the resulting mixture for about 15 minutes. Once your skin has softened it is time to try out a foot file. You can also apply castor oil after the soak, as this works wonders on the corns. You can apply this foot callus remover remedy each day, until you notice an improvement.
Aspirin with apple cider vinegar
Take a couple of aspirin tablets and crush them, as much as you can. Then, mix them with apple cider vinegar and water in equal parts. Apply the resulting paste on your corns and calluses, covering the application with a bandage. Wait for 10 minutes, then rinse it off and use your foot file or callus shaver to remove the softened skin.
Bread with apple cider vinegar
You might not expect bread to be a great callus remover remedy against thickened skin but it actually is. All you have to do is take a slice of bread and soak it in apple cider vinegar. Apply the bread to the callused area and use plastic wrap to cover it. Then, put on your socks and go to bed. In the morning, you should be able to sand down your calluses more easily.
Lemon juice as well as lemon peels are useful alternative treatments that you can use to remove callus on your hands or feet. Lemons prevent skin from cracking and developing infections thanks to their properties. Put the lemon peel on calluses, cover with a clean bandage, put on socks and leave it overnight. In the morning, callus should be soft enough to be removed with a foot file or callus shaver.
Onion with white wine vinegar
You can use onions as a home remedy against calluses that form on your feet thanks to their antimicrobial and anti- inflammatory properties. Take a glass contained and add onion slices with a little bit of white wine vinegar. Allow the mixture to sit for a couple of hours, in a warm location. Before going to bed, apply the onion slice to your corn and calluses. Cover them with a bandage and put on socks. In the morning, use your foot file to remove the softened skin. Repeat whenever necessary.
Vitamin E Oil
Take a capsule of vitamin E oil and break it gently, applying the oil that comes out on your corns and calluses. Use this callus remover remedy before going to bed and keep it on all night long and putting on socks immediately after the application. In the morning, use the foot file to sand down your thickened skin. Repeat this process until the corns and calluses are gone.
Baking soda is a natural exfoliant and callus remover that helps to reduce presence of dead cells on feet. Also its antibacterial properties eliminate fungi that causes athletes foot. In addition, its anti-flammatory properties reduce the size of calluses. Take a large bowl of hot water and add 3 tablespoons of baking soda, soak your feet in this mixture for 10 minutes. Next rub your feet with a foot file and then rinse it off. Repeat this at least 3 times a week.
Castor oil has hydrating and reconstructive properties that helps to reduce the size of calluses on hands and feet. After soaking your feet in hot water with vinegar for 10 minutes, apply 1 teaspoon of castor oil to calluses and cover it with bandage. Repeat it until callus disappears.