How to remove a callus on a finger

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How to remove a callus on a finger
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A callus is a thick, hardened layer of skin that has developed as a means of protecting itself from repeated use. Using hand tools, playing certain instruments or using a pen or pencil repeatedly are examples of how a callus will form. While calluses are protective, they can also be unsightly and irritating. Removing or softening a callus can be done at home. However, if you repeat the activity that caused the calluses, they can redevelop once again.

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Things you need

  • Small basin
  • Warm water
  • Epsom salts
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Pumice stone
  • Adhesive bandages

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  1. 1

    Pour hot water into a small basin. Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salts.

  2. 2

    Soak your callused finger in the Epsom salt soak for 15 minutes. Remove from water and lightly pat dry.

    How to remove a callus on a finger
    Soak callused finger
  3. 3

    Put petroleum jelly on the skin surrounding the callus, but not on the callus. Using the pumice stone, rub back and forth on the callus for 2 to 3 minutes. Wipe callus clean.

  4. 4

    Apply petroleum jelly over top of the callus. Cover it with an adhesive bandage. Leave the bandage on for at least one hour, but preferably for up to 4 hours.

    How to remove a callus on a finger
    Apply bandage over callus
  5. 5

    Perform this treatment twice a day, morning and evening. After the evening treatment, leave the petroleum jelly and adhesive bandage on overnight.

  6. 6

    Continue this treatment until the callus has softened. If it returns in the future, begin reapplying the treatment.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are diabetic, speak to your physician before treating any skin condition.
  • To prevent future calluses, apply petroleum jelly over the area receiving pressure and wear gloves.
  • Never cut or trim a callus with an instrument as this can lead to infection.

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