If you have already tried the normal ways to get rid of corns and calluses, for example using pumice stones, microdermabrasion and even over the counter treatments, to no avail, it might be time to start thinking outside of the box. Just because these things didn’t work for you, doesn’t mean that nothing is going to work for you, and for the most part, you will have to learn to use a little patience and accept that the healing process for your corns and calluses will take time.
There is a large number of ways that you can get rid of these feet problems, and although some of them may seem more frightening than others, it might be worth giving them some thought so that you can wear sexy summer sandals with ease once again.
Cut out the Calluses!
As we have mentioned, calluses can be helped with a few at home methods, such as soaking the feet and using a good quality pumice stone to try and grind down some of that hard skin. If these methods haven’t worked however, you can always try a microdermabrasion kit. You can buy these kits for at home use, or go to a salon to have them done; the latter is usually better for safety purposes.
One thing that many women may not know is that depilatory cream can often help with calluses. Something simple as a depilatory cream that you can buy from your local drug store, when applied to the callus for around 5-8 minutes, can actually help to soften the skin to a point where you can then rub it away with a pumice stone or rough sponge. One thing to remember with this is that you should never put this product on your corn!
Certain hand creams can also help, not only to soften the skin with calluses, but also to keep the feet in baby-soft condition. There are a number of body and hand creams that contain ingredients such as glycolic acid, and if you happen to have these handy in your beauty cabinet, it is well worth giving them a go on your feet.
One tip that you can use at home, is to exfoliate, but you will want to do so with a process. Firstly, you should soak your feet in lukewarm water – the longer the better. If you can indulge in an at-home foot spa, you will have better luck even still. Once you have soaked your feet for as long as you can sit still, use a mild exfoliant on the area. You can use products that have been specifically designed for use with feet, or even just use the same one that you would use on your body in the shower. Alternatively, you can create your own with recipes that you can easily find on the internet. Once completed, use a foot mask, (you can find these EVERYWHERE these days) that contains something called salicylic acid, rinse off and use a pumice stone.
Cut out the Corns!
Just with calluses, there are plenty of methods that you can use to get rid of corns too, and for the most part all you need is a bit of knowledge. You can find things at your local drug store called corn rings or pads, and although these will not help to actually remove the corn itself, they will certainly help to alleviate pain, as well as preventing the problem getting any worse while you are looking for a suitable treatment method.
Salicylic acid, as we have mentioned with calluses, is something that can help to soften the skin, and you will find that there are a great deal of over the counter products, designed especially for corns, that contain this important ingredient. You will need to be careful with it though – if it is getting rid of your hard skin, imagine the damage it can do to your smooth skin!
If your corn ever becomes red or infected, always seek the assistance from a podiatrist. These guys know what they are doing, and will be able to help you, even if it is just to provide you with short term relief for just now. In the end – you will be thankful for it, and you might just get those ugly feet problems resolved!
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