Calluses are a thickening of the skin that is caused from repeated and prolonged rubbing or pressure. In general, calluses appear on the feet, but can also appear on your hands and rarely in other areas of the body. When the skin hardens, the top layer normally beings to looks thick, coarse, and with a yellowish color, although it can sometimes have a grayish color as well.
We are oftentimes exposed to this problem and more so given certain lifestyle habits, i.e. tough jobs, wearing certain kinds of shoes, using tools, etc. can be the cause of calluses. In addition to being aesthetically unpleasing, they can also cause pain. To find out how to treat calluses naturally, keep reading!
How to Treat Calluses Naturally
There are different homemade treatments to treat calluses naturally and significantly reduce their appearance. In the case of feet, we recommend using a foot file or pumice stone before applying any of the treatments.
Garlic is one of the most effective natural antioxidants to fight calluses because it has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. To do the treatment, you just have to peel and grind 3 garlic cloves, make a paste with a tablespoon of olive oil, and apply it to the affected area every night before sleeping. You should wrap it in a bandage so that it works all night. When the callus gets softer, it will be easier to remove it.
White vinegar is an ingredient that you have at home and can easily find at the market. It is not strange to use it to remove calluses because it has been used for a long time to relax feet and fight fungus. In this case, what you will have to do is soak a piece of cotton in white vinegar and then apply it to the affected area. Put a bandage there and let sit for 3 hours. Then remove it for a half hour and repeat the process.
Chamomile is great for soothing and smoothing hardened skin that has been affected by the callus. The only thing you have to do is make an infusion with 4 tablespoons of chamomile in a liter of water. Soak your feet for a half hour and repeat the process every day.
Onions boast many medicinal properties, among which are their antibiotic and antiviral power. They’re an effective remedy for treating calluses because they help eliminate dead skin cells and soften the hardened area. Cut an onion in half and rub it gently on the affected area, preferably every night before you go to bed.
Lemon is known for its antioxidant, cleansing, and disinfecting properties. It is great for treating calluses and notably reducing them with constant treatment. Put a slice of lemon on the affected area and cover it with a bandage before going to bed. Let sit all night and repeat the treatment the next day.
Castor oil has properties that will help soften and smooth the callus. In this case, the only thing you have to do is rub a little bit of castor oil on the affected area twice a day.
Home Remedy with Aspirin and Lemon
This is one of the most effective homemade remedies to treat calluses. It is very simple to make because you can easily get aspirin in the pharmacy and lemon at your nearest supermarket.
What to Do
- Get 6 aspirin pills and mash them well until you get a fine powder. Then add a few drops of lemon and, if necessary, add more aspirin until you get some sort of paste.
- Apply the paste to the area affected by the callus and wrap it in plastic so that it is protected. Make a hot water compress and then apply it on top of the plastic that covers the callus and paste for 15 minutes.
- The idea of the compress is that the heat helps the aspirin penetrate and helps smooth the calluses. Lastly, remove the paste, wash with hot water, dry and rub with a foot file or pumice stone. Repeat the procedure until you get the desired result. As you can see, it is very easy!