You don't need expensive creams or have to go through extensive trouble to remove unsightly and uncomfortable calluses. You can treat a callus with a simple mixture of aspirin, which drys the skin, and lemon juice, which softens the skin, for easy removal of the callus with a pumice stone. A hardened area of skin, calluses develop in response to repeated irritation, such as friction or pressure. They occur on areas exposed to repeated irritation, such as the hands or feet. Calluses protect irritated areas of skin and can happen to anybody.
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Things you need
- Lemon juice
- Mixing bowl
- Cling film
- Pumice stone
Take about five to six 325 mg aspirin pills and crush them. This can be done by putting them in a plastic bag and crushing them with a spoon or by using a mortar and pestle until finely crushed.
Put the powdered aspirin into a mixing bowl and add equal parts (about 1/2 tsp each) of lemon juice and water to create a fairly thick paste. Increase the lemon juice to 3/4 tsp lemon juice and decrease the water to 1/4 tsp to make the treatment stronger.
Apply the aspirin, lemon juice and water mixture generously to the callused area.
Cover the entire area with cling film.
Wet a towel in warm water. Put the towel over the cling film to keep the callused area and the salve warm.
Let the towel and the mixture sit for 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove the towel and cling film and rinse the callused area with warm water.
Use a wet pumice stone with circular motions to gently rub the callused area.
Tips and warnings
- If the area is extremely callused, repeat this process daily until all of the callused skin has been removed.
- A callus can be removed, but it is important to remember why it was there in the first place. If you remove callused skin without removing the irritation that caused it, you may find that your skin has become more sensitive to this irritation and that a new callus will form in its place.
- Lemon juice increases the sensitivity of skin. Be careful when using lemon juice in any remedy involving skin and apply a lotion with an SPF of at least 15 to protect any area treated with lemon juice.
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