The Reality is that the many of us make use of our bodies (you know, walk around, garden, and whatnot) and eventually our daily activities start to wear on our skin, which, after sometimes, this repeated friction forms a hardened patch of skin, known as a callus (or corn, if it is shaped/behaves a certain way.)
The popular pictures of smooth pampered skin that cosmetics companies surround us on TV, magazines, and throughout movies just aren’t realistic.
While not generally much of an issue, if you want to get rid of this tough patch of skin for some reason, try making use of these simple methods instead of buying store owned creams.
Ways to Remove Callus
Bread & Vinegar Bandage
This bandage or paste (depends on how you decide to make it) sounds strange and off-putting, but works well!
The bread is mostly a means of application and has become the favored method, this is due to it being embedded in natural remedy lore. Using bread also means you have the option to make a paste as well, and you don’t have to use and discard a sponge.
Vinegar contains anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, and the liquid with its high acidity level aids to soften the callused skin.
You will need:
- a piece of bread, and
- a cup Apple cider vinegar or white distilled vinegar (roughly)
- gauze or thin fabric,
- adhesive tape and
- a pumice stone (optional)
file the callus slightly with a pumice stone (If you have one). Pour a half cup of apple cider vinegar (or white distilled vinegar) into a bowl. Drop in a half slice of bread and allow it soak. When it is thoroughly soaked through, place directly on your callus and wrap in gauze, before tying the gauze with adhesive or medical tape.
You can also mash up the bread and form a paste to rub on and then wrap gauze over that. The size of the bread and the quantity of vinegar can be varied depending on the size of the area you want to cover.
Rub this simple paste on a callus or corn to soften it as often as needed.
The high acidity content of the lemon juice helps it work to soften the hardened skin that makes up the callus (corn.) It’s a way to un-stiffen it other than simply soaking it.
The olive oil will moisturize the skin and counteract the astringent properties of the lemon juice to ensure the skin does not dry out.
The crystals in sodium bicarbonate will exfoliate the skin, scrubbing away any dead cells, while it contains anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. It also aids the paste to retain consistency and stay moist.
You will need 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice, 2 teaspoons of olive oil and Baking soda.
Blend together 2 or 3 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of olive oil.
Add baking soda until the paste is thick enough to stay in place forms. Save in a container with a tightly fitting cover and keep away from direct sunlight. Apply as often as required and cover with gauze or another thin fabric if you don’t want to get the paste on anything.
Sometimes a callus can be a useful thing, and most times we want to get rid of it. If you decide you don’t want that small rough patch of skin any longer, these simple remedy is the easiest way to get it to go away.
Not only are these methods easy and effective, but they cost much less than shop-bought stuff as well.