Remove Foot Calluses with These Home Remedies

· December 1, 2016
In addition to eliminating foot calluses, these products also fight the presence of fungi, remove dead skin cells, and protect your skin against infection

Calluses are hard, yellow areas that form on the feet due to excessive pressure or friction. They are considered to be an aesthetic problem and can sometimes cause pain, while the skin can crack and lead to infection.

They appear more commonly on the feet, but they can also develop on the hands and other parts of the body that are exposed to constant friction.

Calluses are often caused by wearing shoes that are too tight, as well as walking around barefoot and engaging in demanding physical activities. The good news is there are several natural solutions to reduce these hard spots and recover your soft skin.

Today we want to share some of the best options with you so you can try them yourself before your calluses lead to more complicated conditions.

Castor oil and apple cider vinegar

Woman treating her calluses with castor oil and apple cider vinegar
Both castor oil and apple cider vinegar have powerful antibacterial agents that can cleanse damaged skin and protect it against infection.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of castor oil (20 ml)
  • 2 liters of hot water
  • 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar (125 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons of liquid soap (20 ml)
  • 1 pumice stone

How do you make it?

  • Add the liquid soap to two liters of hot water and pour into a large container.
  • Add the apple cider vinegar and soak your feet for 15 minutes.
  • After this time, rub the hard surfaces with a pumice stone to remove any excess dead skin.
  • Dry with a soft towel and finish by rubbing castor oil on the affected areas.
  • Repeat this treatment for 10 days.

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Onion

This method can soften the skin that’s affected by calluses. The antiseptic and antifungal properties of onions can help eliminate bacteria and reduce your risk of fungal infections.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of apple cider vinegar (250 ml)
  • An onion slice
  • 1 adhesive bandage

How do you make it?

  • Pour the apple cider vinegar into a glass jar and add the onion slice.
  • Leave it in a warm place for 24 hours and then use the onion to cover your calluses.
  • Use the adhesive bandage to stick the onion to your skin and leave it on while you sleep.
  • Repeat this procedure until the callus is soft enough to remove.

Bread

Bread
While bread isn’t a very common remedy, when you combine it with apple cider vinegar, it can be very useful to soften foot calluses.

Ingredients

  • 1 slice of old bread
  • 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar (125 ml)
  • 1 adhesive bandage
  • Plastic wrap

How do you make it?

  • Soak the slice of bread in the container with apple cider vinegar and attach it to the affected area by using the bandage.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and leave it on overnight.
  • Repeat this treatment until the callus disappears.

Aspirin

Aspirin contains a substance known as salicylic acid, which when applied locally, it can reduce the presence of dead skin cells and stimulate skin repair. Its topical use can reduce the size of calluses, minimize scarring, and leaves you with a nice clean feeling.

Ingredients

  • 5 aspirin
  • 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (30 ml)
  • 1 adhesive bandage

How do you make it?

  • Crush the aspirin with a mortar and pestle and mix them into the apple cider vinegar until a paste forms.
  • Spread this product over any calluses of the feet and cover them with a bandage for an hour.
  • After this time you can remove the bandage, rub the area with a pumice stone, and rinse.
  • Use this at least three times a week.

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Garlic and olive oil

Garlic and olive oil
The antifungal properties of garlic can fight foot fungus and reduce problems such as itching, cracking, and dryness. The olive oil can soften any hard areas and decreases the damage to your cells that has been caused by free radicals and toxins.

Ingredients

  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 5 tablespoons of olive oil (80 g)
  • 1 adhesive bandage
  • 1 pair of socks

How do you make it?

  • Separate the cloves of garlic, peel them, and mash them using a mortar and pestle until you have a paste.
  • Combine them with the olive oil and leave this mixture to sit for two hours.
  • After this time, wash your feet well and apply the product to the affected area, having it stick with the help of the bandage.
  • Put on the socks and leave them to act overnight.
  • Repeat this treatment two times a week.

Choose the treatment you like the most and remember to complement its use with comfortable shoes, regular water consumption, and the use of hydrating lotions.

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