Top 20 Time-Tested Home Remedies For Calluses On Feet And Hands

Have you ever suffered from calluses? If you suffer from this disease, how do you feel? Do they make you uncomfortable? What do you often do to deal with this disease? Do you usually use chemical products to treat calluses? But in fact, sometimes these chemical products may lead to some side effects although they can treat calluses fast and effectively. Nowadays, there are many natural remedies which are safer than using chemical products. Do you want to know about them? What you need to do now is going on reading this article about home remedies for calluses on hands and feet on Beauty Talk. Scroll down!

Top 20 Time-Tested Treatments For Calluses On Feet And Hands

I. What Are Calluses?

A callus, also known as callosity, is the skin area which is toughened[1]. It means that this skin area has become hard and thick because of irritation, friction or pressure.

In general, calluses appear on the feet. Sometimes, they can appear on the fingers, hands, or other parts of your body.

There are several factors causing calluses. For those people with calluses on their feet, the reason why they suffer from this disease is that they don’t wear socks when they are wearing sandals or shoes. High-heels shoes are also contributing to the development of calluses. Someone that has diabetes or has a health condition leading to poor blood flow to their feet may have a high risk of progressing calluses.

II. Home Remedies For Calluses

A. On Feet
1. Epsom Salt Soak

Epsom salt soak will help make your affected skin area become softer. As a result, you can easily scrub your skin. Then your feet will be kept free from the infection.

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Instructions:

  • Fill the tub with hot water.
  • Take a handful of Epsom salt and add to the tub, thoroughly stir it.
  • Soak the feet in salt water for about 10 minutes
  • Now rub the affected skin area with a pumice stone in a circular motion for some minutes
  • Use clean water to wash them again so that you can take your dead skin cells away.
  • Pat them dry and apply enough amount of foot lotion to your feet.
  • Repeat this method when needed until your situation becomes better.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is effective at treating calluses. Thanks to its acidic nature, apple cider vinegar may make the hard skin on your feet or hands become softer[2]. Besides, it will probably boost the healing process.

Instructions:

  • Take enough amount of apple cider vinegar and soak a cotton ball in it.
  • Dab it to your affected skin area and use a bandage to cover it.
  • Allow it to sit overnight
  • Remove the bandage, use the pumice stone to scrub it so that you can eliminate the dead skin cells and wash off with water again.
  • Repeat this method once a day until calluses are gone.

If you want to moisturize this skin area, you can apply a little coconut oil or olive oil to it.

3. Baking Soda

As you can see, baking soda is considered being a great natural exfoliant. It becomes a good remedy for treating calluses because of its crystals which are capable of soda exfoliating your hard skin[3].

Method 1:

Instructions:

  • Take 3 tablespoons of baking soda.
  • Fill the tub with enough warm water and add baking soda to it.
  • Stir it well.
  • Allow your feet to soak in this solution for more than 10 minutes.
  • Use the pumice stone to scrub your affected skin area so that you can remove the dead skin cell.
  • Wash off with water again.
  • Repeat this method once per day until your feet are becoming healthier.

Method 2:

Instructions:

  • Prepare 1 part of water and 3 parts of baking soda.
  • Mix them well together.
  • Apply this combination to your affected skin area.
  • Massage it for some minutes.
  • Use the pumice stone to rub this area to help take away the dead skin cells.
  • Wash off with water.
  • Repeat this method once a day daily till your situation becomes better.
4. Aspirin

As you have known, aspirin is used to deal with a lot of health problems, including calluses, because it softens the skin area, which is so hard. Moreover, it may relieve the discomfort, which results from calluses.

Preparations: 

  • Aspirin: 5-6 tablets.
  • Lemon juice: ½ teaspoon
  • Water: ¼ teaspoon.

Instructions:

  • Crush aspirin into powder.
  • Add water and lemon juice to it.
  • Mix them well until you attain a paste.
  • Apply the paste to your affected skin area and use a plastic bag to cover it.
  • Take a towel, which is warm to wrap the bag and leave it on for about 10 minutes.
  • Remove all the coverings, rub your affected skin area with a pumice stone and wash off with water again.
  • Repeat this remedy once per day and keep doing until you notice the positive result.
5. Vinegar And Bread

If you are suffering from calluses, why don’t you try using a combination of vinegar and bread? It not only assists in softening the hard skin caused by calluses but also aids in decreasing the risk of suffering from the infection[4].

Instructions:

  • Put your feet into a tub filled with warm water, allow it to soak in for a few minutes and rub it by using a pumice stone.
  • Wash your feet off again and pat them dry.
  • Leave  ½ slice of bread to soak in ½ cup of white vinegar.
  • Put it on your affected skin area and use a bandage to cover it.
  • Allow it to sit overnight.
  • Remove the coverings in the next morning.
  • Apply a little moisturizing lotion to this skin area
  • Repeat this remedy once every night before you go to bed.
6. Lemon

Lemon is not only a good remedy for dental care but also a wonderful remedy for skin care. In case you are suffering from calluses, lemon can also help you to deal with this disease because of its acidic nature. Additionally, when you use lemon to treat calluses, it can ease the discomfort caused by calluses. Both lemon peel and lemon juice can be used to treat calluses.

Method 1: Lemon Peel

Instructions:

  • Put a small piece of lemon peel on your affected skin area.
  • Cover it with a bandage.
  • Let it stay overnight,
  • Remove the bandage and change a new lemon peel in the next morning.
  • Repeat this treatment every day until there are no calluses on your skin.

Method 2: Lemon Juice

Instructions:

  • Cut a lemon into the half and squeeze the juice out.
  • Soak a cotton ball in the juice.
  • Apply it to your affected skin area and cover it with a bandage.
  • After that, keep it staying overnight.
  • Remove the cotton ball and replace a new one in the next morning.
  • Repeat this treatment every night before you go to bed.
7. Onion

When talking about the natural home remedies for calluses, onion ought to be mentioned as well. The fact shows that onion is acidic, and it consists of anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Thanks to the properties, it is effective in getting rid of calluses on your hands and feet[5].

Method 1: Onion, Lemon Juice And Salt

Preparations:

  • 1 thick onion slice
  • A little lemon juice.
  • A little salt.

Instructions:

  • Sprinkle salt and lemon juice on the onion slice.
  • Place it on your callused area.
  • Cover it by using a tape and allow it to sit overnight.
  • Remove the onion slice in the next morning.
  • Repeat this treatment every day. You can notice the results after using it for one week.

Method 2: Onion And Vinegar

Preparations:

  • 1 small onion
  • A little white vinegar

Instructions:

  • Cut the onion into the half and soak in vinegar.
  • Leave it to soak for around 3 to 4 hours.
  • Apply the onion which you have soaked in vinegar to the callused area and cover it with a plastic wrap.
  • Leave it to sit overnight.
  • Eliminate the dead skin cells by using a pumice stone and wash off in the morning.
  • Repeat this method every day until you notice the positive result.
8. Castor Oil

Castor oil is also mentioned as one of the natural home remedies for calluses. As you can see, calluses can make your skin become hard and dry. In this case, castor oil may assist in moisturizing your hard skin, thus treating calluses[6].

Method 1: 

Instructions: 

  • Pour warm water into a tub and let your feet soak in it for nearly 10 minutes.
  • Use a pumice stone to scrub the callused skin area.
  • Dip a cotton ball in a little castor oil
  • Apply it to your affected skin area that you have just scrubbed and cover it with a tape.
  • Keep it like that.
  • Remove the cotton ball and replace a new one
  • Repeat this method daily for best results.

Method 2:

Instructions:

  • Take apple cider vinegar and castor oil in the same amount.
  • Mix them well together and bring it to heat till this mixture is comfortably warm
  • Leave your feet to soak in this mixture.
  • Let it stay for more than 10 minutes.
  • Use warm water to wash off and remove the dead skin cells with a pumice stone.
  • Repeat this remedy once a day. You can see the result after using it for 3 or 4 days.
9. Sea Salt

People believe that sea salt can work as a natural scrub. It also aids in eliminating dry skin. That’s why it can help you to treat calluses at home.

Instructions:

  • Mix the same amount of olive oil and sea salt and then put it aside.
  • Allow your callused area to soak in the warm water for approximately 10 minutes
  • Use this mixture to this area in a circular motion by using a pumice stone.
  • Wash this area off with warm water again and pat dry.
  • Apply your moisturizing lotion to this area.
  • Repeat this remedy once per day for best effects.
10. Chamomile

Chamomile can treat calluses due to its anti-inflammatory properties[7]. It can help to ease the discomfort caused due to calluses. Furthermore, chamomile can treat calluses effectively because of its soothing effects.

Method 1:

Instructions:

  • Make chamomile tea by adding chamomile to one or two cups of water and allowing it to be steep.
  • Pour chamomile tea into a tub which you fill with water.
  • Soak your affected skin area in this solution.
  • Leave it on for nearly 10 minutes.
  • Pat the area dry.
  • Repeat this remedy once per day.

Method 2:

Preparations:

  • Dried chamomile:1 tsp
  • Lemon juice: 1 tsp
  • Garlic clove: 1

Instructions:

  • Crush the garlic clove.
  • Mix it with the rest of ingredients well.
  • Apply this mixture to your callused skin area for a few minutes
  • Wash your skin off with water.
  • Repeat this method once or twice a day.
11. Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is capable of breaking the connection between your skin cells which store calluses[8]. It also treats calluses by giving this area more moisture.

Preparations:

  • Warm water.
  • Salicylic acid gel or salicylic acid liquid.
  • Pumice stone.

Instructions:

  • Pour warm water into a tub and allow your callused area to soak in it for about 5 minutes.
  • Pat the area dry and use a pumice stone to rub it carefully so that you can eliminate your dead skin cells.
  • Take a little salicylic acid liquid or gel depending on what you have and apply to the affected skin area.
  • Allow it to remain on for about five minutes.
  • Use clean water to wash it off.
  • Repeat this treatment once or twice per day.
12. Oatmeal

Other best home remedies for calluses that you can use is oatmeal. It may help to exfoliate your skin, along with soothing it[9].

Instructions:

  • Bring a half cup of oatmeal to boil for nearly 5 minutes.
  • Strain the liquid.
  • Apply the oatmeal which you have already boiled to your affected skin area.
  • Let it stay for about 15 minutes.
  • Wash it off with water.
  • Repeat this treatment twice per day,
13. Turpentine Oil

Turpentine oil is known as a powerful antiseptic and is also capable of penetrating your skin[10]. Therefore, it makes your skin become softer and softer. Then it may heal your skin faster.

Instructions:

  • Place some ice cubes in a cloth. You should use a thin cloth.
  • Wrap up, put it on the callused area, and massage for about 2 minutes.
  • Pat your skin dry and take enough amount of turpentine oil.
  • Apply it to the callused area.
  • Secure it by using a bandage and leave it overnight.
  • Remove it in the next morning.
  • Repeat this treatment once a day daily
B. On Hands
1. Licorice

Licorice can aid you in combating calluses on your hands. Licorice contains estrogen-like substances, which can make your hard skin caused by calluses become softer. Its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agents are beneficial for removing calluses[11] [12]. Thanks to its healing properties, it also helps in boosting the healing process.

Instructions:

  • Prepare two or three licorice sticks and grind them into powder.
  • Add ½ teaspoon of mustard oil to the licorice powder and mix them well until you get a good paste.
  • Apply to your affected area and cover it with a bandage
  • Leave it on overnight.
  • Remove the covers in the next morning.
2. Listerine With Apple Cider Vinegar

A combination of Listerine and apple cider vinegar can help treat calluses. Apple cider vinegar contains exfoliating and cleansing properties. Thus, it may help to eliminate the dead skin cells. Plus, it consists of antibacterial properties, which can fight against the bacteria lurking around your affected area. Besides, Listerine has antibacterial and antifungal properties, which make your hard skin caused by calluses become softer.

Instructions:

  • Take a teaspoon of Listerine, a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, and two teaspoons of water. You should use warm water for the best result.
  • Mix these ingredients well.
  • Soak your hand with calluses in this solution for about 10 or 20 minutes.
  • Pat it dry by using a clean towel.
  • Scrub this callused area with a pumice stone and wash it off again with water.
  • Repeat this remedy once a day daily.
3. Pineapple

Pineapple consists of an enzyme, which is called bromelain. This enzyme may help dissolve calluses effectively[13]. In addition to this, it may ease the pain, along with boosting the healing process.

Instructions:

  • Cut and take a piece of pineapple which is still fresh.
  • Apply it to your callused skin area.
  • Use a bandage to cover it.
  • After that, let it sit overnight.
  • Remove the pineapple in the next morning.
  • Repeat this home cure every night before hitting the bed for quick results.
4. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil can help you treat calluses thanks to its antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties[14].

Instructions: 

  • Put several drops of tea tree oil into a tub or basin filled with warm water.
  • Soak the callused skin area in this tub or basin.
  • After 10 or 15 minutes, pat it dry.
  • Repeat this treatment regularly until you don’t see calluses anymore.
5. Castor Oil And Vitamin E Oil

As mentioned above, castor oil is very beneficial in treating calluses not only on your feet but also on your hands. And when you combine it with vitamin E oil, it may bring you a better result.

Instructions:

  • Take two teaspoons of vitamin E oil and three teaspoons of castor oil.
  • Mix both of them well.
  • Bring them to heat until it is warm a little bit.
  • Massage your callused area with the warm mixture for some minutes.
  • Cover this area and allow it to sit overnight.
  • Remove it in the next morning.
  • Repeat this treatment every night.
6. Turmeric

Turmeric has been used to deal with several skin problems, including calluses. It will probably treat calluses because of its healing and antimicrobial properties[15]. When you combine it with honey, you may get a better result.

Instructions:

  • Prepare one and a half teaspoons of honey and a tablespoon of turmeric powder.
  • Mix both of them well.
  • Apply it to your callused skin area.
  • Allow it to dry naturally.
  • Wash it off with water.
  • Repeat this treatment twice a day daily.
7. Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E oil may soften your hard skin caused by calluses by giving it more moisturizer[16]. Also, it contains antioxidants, which may boost the healing process. All you need to do is to apply a little vitamin E oil to your affected skin area every day.

III. When To See Doctor

When you are suffering from calluses, you see that this skin area has inflammation or you feel painful. It’s high time for you to see a doctor. Your doctor will carry out some small surgeries so that they can help you with draining the inside liquid or prescribing antibiotics so as to cure inflammatory. In case you have calluses and diabetes, you should consult the advice of your doctor immediately because you may have a high risk of suffering from the complicated situation. However, each person has their own situation. Thus, you should consult your doctor to have the most suitable method to deal with this problem.

That’s all about the most effective home remedies for calluses on hands and feet. Nevertheless, all contents provided are for informational and educational purposes. We recommend you consult a healthcare professional or doctor to determine which method is appropriate for you. In case, you want to find out more about informative articles, you can spend a little time visiting our main page Health. If you have any questions or you know more other helpful treatments for calluses, you can let us know by leaving us a comment below.

Read more: Top 14 Proven Home Treatments For Angular Cheilitis Infection. This article was medically reviewed/fact checked by Millie Lytle, ND, MPH.

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