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How to remove corns & bring skin color back

Updated November 21, 2016

Corns are caused by thickened layers of skin that harden after constant pressure and/or friction. Corns are most common on the feet but can also be found on the hands and other areas of the body. Other medical conditions, such as diabetes, can make some people predisposed to corns and possible complications due to poor circulation. Once corns have been treated and have gone away, the skin under the corn will eventually return to its normal colour.

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  1. Soak the affected area in warm, soapy water daily for 20 to 30 minutes. This will clean the area and help soften the skin of the corns.

  2. Use a pumice stone or other exfoliating stick or pad to gently rub the corns and help remove the outer layer of skin, which is the thickest part of the corns.

  3. Apply an over-the-counter corn medication, available at most grocery stores or drugstores, to the affected area. This medication is often available in the form of pads that can be applied directly to the corns. Remove the pad daily, soak the skin in warm soapy water as directed in Step 1, and replace with a fresh pad until the corn is removed.

  4. Keep skin soft with an intense moisturiser once the corns have been removed. This will help restore the normal moisture balance in the skin and return the skin colour to normal.

  5. Wear cotton fabric and other items that "breathe" well to help the skin return to normal and to prevent future corns.

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Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Soap
  • Corn removal treatment
  • Moisturiser
  • Cotton socks and/or clothes

About the Author

Meredith Jameson writes early childhood parenting and family health articles for various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from San Francisco State University.

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