Beauty: What is calluses and how do you get rid of them?

Everyone suffers from calluses to a greater or lesser extent. Nobody likes calluses so we want to get rid of them. There are various remedies for this, but how you get calluses can also contribute to a reduced increase in the future.


Calluses are a thickening of the top layer of the skin (stratum corneum). This is caused by constant friction. If you do a lot of physical work with your hands, for example, the skin cells respond by multiplying. This creates a hard yellowish horn mass. In fact, you can think of calluses as a protection that your body provides against external pressure or friction.
Not everyone will suffer from calluses to the same extent, this clearly differs from person to person and can therefore be hereditary. If you suffer from delayed rejection of the stratum corneum, extra calluses may also develop (hyperkeratosis). This can be a painful and burning affair.

Where can calluses develop?

It often occurs on or under the foot. Under the ball of your foot or the heels, but also on the front or bottom edge of the toes. For the hands, it can be the fingers or the palms (the pads just under the fingers) or the outer edge of the hands. Calluses can also develop on the knees.
In the feet, the wrong shoes (for example high heels or pointed toes) or extremely sweaty feet are often the culprits of callus growth.


There are various possibilities. You can have the professional remove your calluses, but you can also do it yourself. If you do this, blades are strictly prohibited, but there is plenty that can be done, such as:

  • A special callus rasp is a safe way to apply. The callus rasp is a small, handy tool that can be purchased at any drugstore. By carefully running the grater over the callus, the callus becomes thinner and you thus remove the callus. The traditional callus rasp is an open device with only a handle, so a towel under the rasp is useful. There are now also devices on the market that collect the removed calluses.
  • The pumice stone is also a great alternative to removing calluses yourself. Pumice stones can also be purchased at any drugstore.
  • There are also special creams to remove calluses. Easy to apply, but with varying degrees of success.

If you suffer from calluses on your feet, take a foot bath with soft soap (alkali-free) twice a week. Do not sit in the water for too long (a few minutes is sufficient, otherwise the skin will become too soft) and dry your feet thoroughly, especially between the toes. Furthermore, rubbing the feet before going to sleep has a soothing effect. There are special foot creams, but a regular oily cream or baby oil, for example, also works fine.

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