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7 Effective Home Remedies For Corns & Calluses

By: Somya Ojha

Corns and calluses are skin lesions that can occur at any part of the foot. The thickening and hardening of the dead skin can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. In case you're wondering if this can be treated, then read this article on home remedies for corns and calluses.

These are mostly caused if there is repeated friction on the skin. Factors like wearing ill-fitted shoes, walking barefoot, etc., can cause this problem.

Several over-the-counter ointments and pads are available for treating this skin problem. However, certain home remedies are known to be more effective in softening the hard skin without causing any damage to the surrounding skin.

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These potent remedies can effectively soften the hard layer of the skin and also provide a soothing effect on the skin.

Not only can these age-old remedies remove the dry layer of the skin but also banish the dead skin cells from well under the surface.

And, in case, the corns and calluses don't go away, you must consult a foot specialist to know more about the underlying cause.

So, take a look at these remarkable remedies that are just a kitchen cabinet away from you. Incorporate them in your daily beauty routine to say goodbye to the annoying and painful corns and calluses.


1. Apple Cider Vinegar

This remedy acts as a natural exfoliant and removes dead skin cells that cause corns and calluses in the first place. You just need to soak a cotton ball in the solution of apple cider vinegar and water and apply it on the affected area. Do this on a daily basis to see prominent changes.


2. Castor Oil

Used since centuries, this oil not only softens the corns and calluses but also exfoliates the dead skin. Use a cotton pad to apply this oil on to your feet and cover it up with an adhesive tape. Leave it on for at least a couple of hours for immediate results.


3. Baking Soda

Baking soda acts as a potent remedy that is replete with antibacterial agents. Not only does it clear the layer of dry skin but also has a soothing effect on the skin. You just have to add 2 tablespoons of baking soda to a tub full of water and soak your feet in it. Repeating this process regularly can give relief from corns and calluses.


4. Vitamin E Oil

This age-old remedy is highly effective in treating the problem of corns and calluses. Just apply the oil extracted from a vitamin E capsule and apply it on the affected area. Then, wear a pair of socks to let the oil absorb into the skin. Within a few days, the hard skin will start getting softer and you'll be able to feel the difference.


5. Epsom Salt

Epsom salt soak can treat a myriad of skin problems, including corns and calluses. This soak is known to have healing effects on the affected area. Add 2 tablespoons of epsom salt in a tub of warm water and soak your feet in it for at least 15-20 minutes. Pat dry and apply a good moisturising foot cream to speed up the healing process.


6. Pumice Stone

Other than softening the callused skin, using a pumice stone can also effectively remove the layer of dry skin. Soak your feet in warm water for about 15 minutes, after that, use this stone to scrub off the dry skin and do it in a circular motion to improve the blood circulation. You can repeat this everyday and after scrubbing, apply a moisturiser to keep your feet from getting dry.


7. Turmeric Powder And Honey

Both these natural ingredients are loaded with antibacterial agents that can treat this problem and prevent it from recurring. Mix 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder with 2 teaspoons of raw honey and apply the paste all over the affected area. Leave it on for 20 minutes before washing it off. Pat dry and apply a light moisturiser.

Read more about: home remedies, foot care
Story first published: Thursday, September 8, 2016, 15:20 [IST]
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