Calluses, oftentimes are the hallmark of a hard worker. Unfortunately, they can also be the mark of those killer heels you love to wear every day. They can also designate the guitar player in the crowd or the gymnast, baseball player or any other sport, hobby or past time that requires repetitive motion on a particular area of the skin. Calluses can develop anywhere, but they are most commonly found on hands and feet. Constant friction roughens the skin and the skin begins to form a thick protective layer, known as a callus.

Corns, which more commonly appear on the feet or toes are more painful than a callus. Over time and from continued friction and rubbing, calluses turn into corns. Corns are calluses with a hard inside. Both corns and calluses are our body’s way of protecting itself by building up a skin of armor. Most corns and calluses are treated at with over the counter remedies or good old fashioned natural home remedies or a combination of both. If you suffer from foot corns and calluses and are diabetic, see you healthcare professional for treatment.

Calluses and Corns

Stop wearing too tight shoes. If you can’t leave your house without 4 inch spike heels, cushion the inside of the shoes to help prevent calluses and corns.

If you are a guitar player, protect your fingers. As long as the skin is closed, no cuts or scrapes, apply a couple of drops of super glue over the callus which will protect the skin from furthering the calluses.

If you are a gymnast, wear grips to protect your palms and hands from the friction of the bars.

If you play baseball, golf or any sport, participate in any hobby, work in any field that causes calluses, protect your skin.

Scraping a Callus

Invest in a pumice stone – it’s a small investment with a big pay off.

Wet the callus and gently sand the hardened dead skin cells away. Thick calluses will take several days or weeks before soft skin makes an appearance.

Softening a Callus With:

Vitamin E

Pierce a Vitamin E capsule with a pin.

Squeeze the Vitamin E oil out of the capsule onto your callus.

Massage the oil into the hard skin.

Vick’s Vapor Rub

Dip a cottVicks VapoRub Topical Cough Suppressant Ointment, 50-gram Boxes (Pack of 3)on swab into Vick’s Vapor Rub.

Apply a thick coat on calluses.

Rub the vapor rub into the skin.

Put on a pair of thick cotton socks to the skin from becoming more callused and turning into a corn.

Castor Oil

Put a few drops of castor oil onto calluses skin.

Rub it in and put on socks or a bandage. Repeat as often as possible for best results.

Oil and Vinegar

Mix equal amounts of olive oil and white vinegar.

Massage the oil and vinegar into your calluses several times a day.

White vinegar kills germs and bacteria and olive oil softens the hardened skin.

Soak Those Calluses With:

Baking Soda

Fill a basin with warm water.

Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda per quart of water.

Soda your calluses feet until the water cools.

Rub your feet vigorously with a thick napped cotton terry towel to slough off dead skin.

Slather your feet with a heavy moisturizing cream and put on a pair of thick cotton socks.

Black Tea

Brew several cups of black tea.

Pour the tea into a basin.

Soak your callused feet until the water cools.

Rub your feet dry with a thick cotton terry towel.

Tannic acid helps to dissolve and loosen the dead skin cells. As a side benefit it helps to deodorize stinky feet.

Natural Callus Remedies

Arnica Oil

Apply six to eight drops of Arnica oil to your hands.

Rub your hands together.

Rub your hands over your feet to massage the Arnica oil into the skin.

Repeat every morning and every night to soften calluses and prevent the buildup of dead skin.

Carmol 20

Carmol 20 is a cream sold in health food stores, natural pharmacies and online.

Carmol 20 is made from urea – an acidic that has its base in horse urine.

Rub the Carmol 20 into calluses twice per day.


Corn Treatments

If you haven’t treated your calluses in time you may now have a painful corn or two.

Cushion your Corns

Buy corn pads which are round cushioned pads with a hole in the middle that accommodates the corn.

Put a corn pad over the corn with the corn itself peeking through the middle.

Put a few drops of olive oil or castor oil on the corn to help soften it.

Getting Rid of Your Corns

Crush four to six plain, uncoated aspirins with a mortar and pestle or the back of a spoon until the aspirin has been reduced to a fine powder.

Put the powder into a small glass bowl.

Add ¾ teaspoon of lemon juice – fresh or concentrate.

Add ¾ teaspoon of water.

Stir the ingredients until well blended.

Cover only the corn with the mixture.

Cover the mixture with plastic wrap.

Wet a towel with water, make the water hot enough to be hot, but not burning the skin.

Place the towel over the plastic wrapped corn.

Let it sit for 10 to 12 minutes.

Remove the towel, wrap the plastic and rinse the aspirin paste off the corn.

Gently sand the dead skin off the top of the corn.

Repeat every other day until the foot corn is gone.

Do not use this remedy if you have an aspirin allergy.

Prevent Corns and Calluses

Wear proper fitting shoes

Take care of your skin

Soak your skin whether or not you have calluses and corns. Soaking  feet or hands in any of the above remedies will also help to head off the development of tough callused skin.

Moisturize your feet two to three times a day. As soon as you walk through the door at the end of the day. Apply a generous amount of moisturizer to your feet and put on your heavy socks.

Use cushioned inserts in your shoes to help take the pressure off areas that are prone to corns and calluses.