How to Deal with Dry Calluses at Home
Dry calluses form in places on the body and limbs where friction or pressure is constantly present. Some of them have a core, but only part of the core is visible on the surface. The rest is hidden deep under the skin. The body creates a dry callus to protect itself from injury. Skin seals can appear on the hands, legs, and other parts of the body — for example, from wearing a corset. Some people have a predisposition to the development of dry calluses.
Causes of dry calluses:
- Poor care: refusal to use moisturizers or inadequate hygiene
- Little adipose tissue under the skin
- Wearing a corset or uncomfortable, hard, narrow, or ill-fitting shoes
- Dry skin
- Increased sweating
- Wearing high-heeled shoes while carrying extra weight or wearing models with thin soles Before you begin treating this condition, you need to identify the cause of its occurrence and address it. If the cause was wearing tight, narrow shoes, it’s advisable to discontinue use.
Ways to deal with dry calluses:
- Fill a basin with hot water. Add 5 tablespoons of salt and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. When the crystals dissolve, immerse your limb in the water for 15 minutes. Over time, the skin will become softer in the affected area. You can then gently rub it with a brush or pumice stone and apply moisturizer. Repeat this procedure every 3-4 days until the problem disappears.
- In the evening before bedtime, grate a fresh potato or blend it into a puree. Apply the pulp to the affected area, cover it with a cloth napkin, and secure it. If the callus is on your leg, wear a sock. If it’s on your arm or body, you can secure it with a plaster. Remove it in the morning. Repeat this nightly.
- Steam your skin while taking a bath. Apply a layer of laundry soap and leave it on for 10 minutes. Then, gently scrub it with a brush.
- After each shower, rub the affected area with a metal grater with a handle.
- Place an aloe leaf in the fridge. Three days later, before bedtime, break off a portion of the leaf, apply it to your dry callus, and secure it with a plaster. Remove it in the morning and gently rub the skin with pumice.
To prevent future dry calluses, purchase soft shoes in the appropriate size. Break in a new pair at home. If your feet sweat, opt for shoes made of natural fabrics and breathable materials.