How to Use Aspirin to Remove Hard Skin from Your Feet

04 December, 2019
According to popular belief, you can use aspirin to help you remove hard skin from your feet.

Hard skin on your feet is an alteration of the most superficial layer of the skin. It manifests with thick skin and is asymptomatic. It usually appears due to an increase in dead and scaly cells, which arise from pressure or continued friction caused by improper footwear or not walking properly.

«Hyperkeratosis» is the name for said thickening of the most superficial layer of the skin.

Occasionally, people forget that their feet also require certain care. Their function is to support our weight and the pressure exerted on each movement.

Over the years, it’s common for people to develop hard skin on their feet and imperfections that can also cause pain and inflammation.

It’s advisable to pay attention to the problem and implement some simple measures to avoid worsening the problem and the discomfort it causes.

In certain situations, always with the prior advice of professionals, you can use a simple trick to remove hard skin easily. Next, we explain what it is.

Use aspirin to remove hard skin on your feet

Aspirin is a medication that is used worldwide to treat headaches, fever and certain circulatory diseases. It’s one of the most prescribed painkillers in the world.

It contains a fat-soluble compound called beta-hydroxy acid, which is used by many companies in the manufacturing of exfoliation products.

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Due to this, people believe that aspirin can help remove calluses and hard skin on the feet. It would help soften them, as well as relieve swelling in the area, which would make it easier to remove them with a pumice stone.

*No scientific evidence indicates that aspirin is a recommended treatment option for foot problems. Therefore, home remedies are only based on popular beliefs.

Aspirin treatment for hard skin on your feet

It’s believed that the combination of the salicylic acid in aspirin and lemon juice makes a mixture capable of softening hard skin and facilitating its removal.

A woman removing her foot calluses.


  • 4 aspirins.
  • The juice of one lemon.
  • Water (approximately 10 ml).


  • Pumice stone.
  • Clean socks.


  • Crush the four aspirins with a mortar and pestle. If you don’t have a mortar, you can use a fork and a heavy object.
  • Place the powdered aspirin in a clean glass and set it aside.
  • Cut the lemon in half and extract its juice.
  • With the help of a spoon, mix the lemon juice with the powdered aspirin. Then, add a little water to form a thick paste.

How to apply

  • First of all, clean your feet and apply the paste to the affected areas.
  • Cover your feet with the socks or a towel.
  • Leave on for 20-30 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water and mild soap.
  • Now, take the pumice stone and carefully scrub the affected areas to remove the hard skin.
  • Finally, dry your feet well with a clean and dry towel.

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Tips for best results

Aspirin paste in a heart shape on foot, representing aspirin to remove calluses.

To keep your feet healthy and looking great, and avoid the appearance of hard skin, we recommend you to:

  • Avoid wearing socks and tight-fitting shoes.
  • Don’t use heels every day.
  • Moisturize your feet with cream or lotion. You can also take advantage of this to massage your feet.
  • Before going to bed, you can apply some petroleum jelly or coconut oil (or any other oil) on your feet, put on a pair of socks, and rinse your feet the following morning. This will help you avoid dryness and foot calluses.
  • Deodorize the shoes you use regularly to avoid bad odors and prevent fungal and other types of infections.
  • Never wear dirty socks and change them after exercising.

Go to a podiatrist in case you have any doubts about how to eliminate hard skin on your feet. The professional will tell you about the most appropriate treatment for your case, as well as give you some additional recommendations.

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