Having calluses on hands is inevitable. You are bound to get it one way or another depending on the things that you do. If you are not aware yet, calluses usually form when there is too much friction on your hands with another hard object.
There are times when you do not realize that you have calluses because they are not painful but they can be annoying. It can also be embarrassing when you have to shake hands with other people and they will feel the calluses on your hands.
Even when you are doing things that are good for your body like exercising can cause calluses. How many times have you tried lifting barbells?
Perhaps you have been pulling yourself too much with the bar and calluses are starting to form on various parts of your fingers.
If you already have calluses, what are you supposed to do?
You cannot just leave it on your hands. You have to do some methods that will get rid of them at the soonest possible time.
1. By Soaking
Through soaking, you are going to soften the calluses that you have on your hands. You can then rub a pumice stone on the calluses so that you can remove them effectively. Here is the method you have to do:
- Prepare a basin of warm water.
- Soak your hands on the basin for about 10 minutes.
- It will be up to you if you want to place more items. You can add Epsom salt if you think that this will give you more benefits. For calluses that are bigger and harder to remove, you may place a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. You should avoid this though if you have diabetes.
- After the calluses have softened, you can use the pumice stone to get rid of the calluses.
2. Aspirin Method
If you have done the soaking method but it did not work so well for you then this method may fare better. This is not recommended though if you are allergic to aspirin. You will know if you are allergic if you get some skin problems and if you have trouble breathing after consuming aspirin. You are also not recommended to try this method if you have diabetes.
- Crush aspirin with the use of mortar and pestle. It will be up to you how many aspirin tablets you are going to crush.
- Add lemon juice from a freshly squeezed lemon.
- Add warm water.
- Mix the ingredients together until you form a paste.
- Place the paste on the parts of your body that need to be softened.
- Wrap with a warm towel and cover with a plastic bag for 10 – 15 minutes.
- Once you are sure that the calluses are already soft, you can scrape them off.
- If you cannot scrape the calluses on your own, you can use a pumice stone again.
3. Use Baking Soda
If you would like to soak your feet and heal the marks that will be left behind by the calluses then you can use baking soda. This is known to be effective in getting rid of the dead skin cells. Baking soda is known to be alkaline and this is the reason why it can break down the roughness and hardness of the calluses faster.
- Mix baking soda and water together. Make sure that you will place more baking soda than water.
- Massage the paste you have created on the areas of your hands where calluses have formed.
- Wait for a few minutes before you try to remove the calluses.
Let us say that you want a method that you can do easily and you can do in the evening. This may be the best method for you to try. Vinegar is acidic and it will be able to break down the calluses that have formed on your hands.
- Place petroleum jelly on the skin surrounding the calluses that you are going to treat with vinegar.
- Soak a cotton ball in vinegar. It can be normal white vinegar or ACV. It will be up to you.
- Tape the cotton ball on the area and leave it on your skin overnight.
- In the morning, remove the vinegar. You will notice that the calluses are already easier to remove.
Tip: The reason why you have to put petroleum jelly on the surrounding area is because it may get irritated from being exposed to vinegar. The petroleum jelly will protect your skin.
This is actually something that you can use to prevent calluses from forming. As you know, cornstarch is effective in keeping your skin dry. At the same time, it will lessen the friction on your skin. Remember that this will not heal calluses and it will not help you remove calluses but it can make you more comfortable.
- Simply sprinkle a bit of cornstarch in between your hands or in areas which you feel will be more prone to calluses.
- This can be done for the areas of your feet too.
Some Other Things to Remember
The above mentioned things are methods you can do to prevent or heal calluses. There are some things that you can do in order to stop calluses from forming:
- Take a look at your footwear. Your shoes may be causing calluses to form on your feet.
- Always use hand cream products on your hands and feet. It will be ideal to find a lotion that works well for you. There are different types and kinds. You may try different ones until you find the one that you like.
- Do not forget to take warm baths from time to time. Have time to soak in the tub. Not only will this relax you, it can make removing calluses easier.
You may be more prone to getting calluses on your hands and feet if you have diabetes because your wounds do not heal as fast as others. You can ask your doctor for medications and treatments you can do.