Calluses form when the skin repeatedly comes in contact with objects. The friction arising out of this constant contact causes the skin to harden significantly.
If you do a lot of hard work particularly with your hands and feet, your skin may be prone to developing calluses from time to time. Although most of us find it an embarrassment, calluses actually work as part of the body’s defense mechanism against possible abrasions that can cause infections. Therefore, calluses actually form to protect the skin.
Women who spend a lot of time in tight fitting high heeled shoes as well as men who lift or handle heavy machinery are prone to getting calluses.
This article gives you some tips on how to get rid of calluses as well as suggestions on how to prevent them forming in the first place.
- First, avoid wearing ill-fitting shoes and tottering high heels that apply pressure to your feet and wear them out sooner. You risk getting bunions that look far worse than calluses. Even men who wear worn-out shoes can get calluses on their feet.
- Keeping your hands and feet clean and moisturized will help soften hardened skin. At night, wash your feet and hands in warm water and pat dry. While they are still damp, apply plenty of thick moisturizing cream or Vaseline. This will go a long way in preventing the formation of calluses.
- Wear padded gloves while handling heavy objects. Soak your feet once a week in a basin of warm water.
- Remove the dead skin with a pumice stone or a foot scrub. You can also gently rub the pumice stone on your hands. Make sure you moisturize well after soaking and scrubbing your feet and hands.
Tips and Warnings
- Never attempt cutting through a callus. It can get infected and cause other skin problems. Use a little vinegar in the water basin while soaking your feet.
- Always wear shoes that are comfortable to walk around in. If you have diabetes, check with a skin specialist on the best way to treat the condition. You do not want any breaks in the skin since it will take a very long time to heal.
- Do not rub vigorously with the pumice stone. Always be gentle since it takes some time for the skin to soften.