8 Old Time Remedies For Corns and Calluses

Doug Williams

Corns and calluses are caused by the thickening of dying layers of skin on your feet, and they can cause you a lot of pain and discomfort.  Creams and pads are available over the counter, but a lot of home remedies work just as well.  So let’s take a look at 7 of these effective home remedies that you are likely to have in your kitchen cupboards.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Just soak a cotton ball in a solution of water and vinegar.  Apply it to the corn or callus.  Use this daily, and it will act as a natural exfoliant and help remove the dead skin.

Castor Oil

Castor oil is known to soften the skin and can also act as an exfoliant to remove the build-up of dead skin. Soak a cotton ball with the oil and tape it onto the corn or callus for a couple of hours.  Wash off and moisturize.


Baking Soda

This is a kitchen staple that has many uses other than baking.  It has antibacterial agents and is able to clear away the layers of dead skin.  Add two tablespoons to warm water and soak your feet in the solution.  Used regularly, it will give you ongoing relief from corns and calluses.


Garlic is a natural antioxidant making it helpful in treating corns. it is also antibacterial and antifungal and so helps prevent infection.

Cut a thin slice of garlic and tape it onto the area you’re trying to treat. Or alternatively, cut up two or three cloves into small pieces, add a pinch of salt and then mash into a paste. Apply the paste to your corn, and cover with a bandaid, leave it on for three days. Remove the band-aid, and there’s a good chance the corn has come off as well. If it has not, repeat the process.


This is best applied at night before you go to sleep. Cut a slice of lemon peel an inch long and the width of your toe. Place the pith side over the corn, keep it in place with a bandage and covering with a cotton sock overnight. Continue each night until the corn disappears.

Vitamin E Oil

Apply the vitamin E oil directly from the capsule onto the corn or callus.  Slip on a pair of socks so the oil can soak into your skin.  Do this for two or three days, and you’ll see the results.


Pumice Stone

A light volcanic stone that you may well have in your bathroom, these are cheap and available at any pharmacy.  Soak your feet for about 15 minutes in warm water before using the rough stone to scrub off the dry, dead skin.  You can do this every day.  Moisturize afterward to keep your feet soft.

Turmeric Powder and Honey

Both the honey and turmeric have antibacterial properties.  Mix one tablespoon of turmeric with two teaspoons of honey.  Apply the paste and leave on for 20 minutes, then wash off and pat dry.

After all of these treatments, apply a light moisturizer and pull on a pair of socks to trap moisture in your skin and keep the skin soft and pliable.  You need to look after your feet as you really rely on them and they often take a hammering.  One last tip: if you are near the seashore, walk along the sandy beach and wade in the saltwater shallows – this is a great way to soften and exfoliate your feet.


If you try these remedies and the symptoms persist see a foot specialist for advice

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