At home callus instructions
Callus buffing and occlusive dressing with lotion is used to soften and reduce the thickness of calluses on the skin. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to perform this procedure:
- Gather your supplies: You will need a pumice stone or a foot file, a moisturizing lotion or cream, plastic wrap, lotion socks, or a plastic bag, Epsom salt/apple cider vinegar/ water mix***, and a pair of socks.
- Start by soaking your feet or the affected area in warm (Epsom or Apple Cider Vinegar Mix) water for 10-15 minutes. This will help soften the calluses and make them easier to remove.
- After soaking, pat your feet or the affected area dry with a towel.
- Take the pumice stone, foot file, or electric callus remover and gently rub it over the calluses in a circular motion. Be careful not to apply too much pressure or scrub too vigorously, as this can cause skin irritation. The goal is to gradually remove the thickened skin layers.
- Once you have buffed the calluses, wash your feet or the affected area to remove any loose skin particles.
- Next, apply a generous amount of moisturizing lotion or cream to the calluses and the surrounding skin. Choose a lotion or cream that contains ingredients like urea or salicylic acid, as these can help further soften the calluses.
- Cover the area with plastic wrap, plastic bag, or lotion socks after applying the lotion or cream. This will create an occlusive dressing, which helps to increase absorption of the moisturizer and lock in moisture.
- Secure the plastic wrap or bag in place by wrapping a bandage or using a rubber band. Make sure it is snug but not too tight to restrict circulation.
- Leave the occlusive dressing on for at least 1-2 hours, or preferably overnight. This allows the moisturizer to deeply penetrate the calluses and promote softening. (Use caution when walking in the middle of the night)
- After the recommended time, remove the occlusive dressing and gently wash off any excess lotion or cream. Pat the area dry with a towel.
- Finally, apply a thin layer of moisturizing lotion or cream to the calluses and the surrounding skin. Massage it in gently until fully absorbed.
- For optimal results, repeat this process regularly, preferably a few times a week, until the calluses have significantly reduced in thickness.
Remember, if you have any underlying foot conditions or diabetes, it is best to consult with a healthcare professional before attempting any callus removal procedures. They can provide personalized guidance and ensure the procedure is safe for you.
***: The acid content in apple cider vinegar can soften the hard skin of a callus. Mix together a solution of four parts water and one part apple cider vinegar and soak your callus for about 20 minutes. When you remove your skin from this soak, you may be able to better peel a layer or two of the callus off.