Calluses occur for many reason and can slowly go away. There’s no real cure for calluses, however, you can prevent calluses from happening by taking the right precautions. The idea is to identify and get stop the source of what’s causing the calluses.
I’ve put quite a few guides together on the different types of calluses as well as how to remove calluses from different parts of your bodies here:
In my different callus removal guides, I outline the various causes of calluses. However, to make things easy for you I’ve outlined some of the main reasons for calluses below.
If you have calluses on your feet, it usually it has to do with your shoes. If you have calluses on your hands, it usually has to do with strenuous work such as lifting weights or weight training. Some other causes of calluses include:
Now that you know a bit more about how to remove calluses and what causes them – you’re probably wondering what calluses are!
Calluses are typically the stumbling blocks inside your shoes. On this site, I help you find the best callus removers for you that are affordable, effective and efficient.
Like the useful calluses developed by musicians and athletes, the calluses on your feet are simply thick skin made by pressure and/or friction. While doctors can help with any painful calluses, there are many simple tools you can use on your own before making a trip to the doctor’s office. It is usually wise, however, to consult a doctor about reoccurring calluses, or calluses that resist available treatments.
Many people choose to remove their own calluses even if they do not cause pain because they don’t look nice – I know that was my main problem. Diabetics suffer from calluses far more often due to their condition and must deal with troublesome, reoccurring calluses. Depending on the cause of your callus, your doctor may prescribe specific treatments or send you to a specialist, however most day to day calluses can be smoothed away at home with a variety of tools, creams, and peels.
I’ve put together a number of detailed guides and reviews, but have included some quick overviews of the best and most commonly used callus remover products and methods below.
At CallusGuide.com, we have put together a table with some quick tips to help you understand which treatment is for each type of callus:
|Electric Callus Removers||Electric Callus Removers can be used to treat any size callus||Anywhere on the body||Skin will be left over. Make sure to put paper towes/cloth underneath your body part for easy cleaning.|
|Callus Peels||Callus Peels can be used to treat any size callus except for small calluses||Only feet and legs||These are easiest to use but if you have frequent calluses, this can be an expensive option.|
|Callus Remover Gels||Callus Remover Gels can only be used to treat large calluses||Only feet and legs||Usually for hard to remove calluses.|
|Callus Foot File||Callus Foot Files can be used to treat any size callus||Anywhere on the body||These grater-style removers will be painful since they require scrubbing.|
An electronic foot file serves the same purpose as a pumice stone without the effort. It replaces elbow grease with battery power.
Amopé produces electrical beauty products and creams. Their website is aimed at women, with a target audience of females who practice regular beauty routines.
This particular product features a replaceable head, much like a razor, which spins 360 degrees for even filing. The product requires 4 AA batteries (included). Unlike pumice stones, this version of Pedi Perfect should not be used on wet feet and is best used on dry skin. The description advises users not to keep the product on one area of skin for more than 3 or 4 seconds, a warning echoed in the reviews.
Make sure to check out our more detailed review of the Amope Pedi Perfect here.
Reviews are generally positive and praise the machine’s ability to reduce problem calluses that had proven resistant to other at-home remedies. A few reviewers claimed the spinning motion of the sanding head did not stand up to the pressure needed to take care of thicker calluses, but far more complimented the tool’s efficiency. The drawbacks include mess-making, because although the roller head can be easily removed for cleaning, the spinning action flings pieces of removed skin in the area. Sanding heads and batters must also be periodically replaced depending on the frequency and intensity of use. This device also costs considerably more than its competitors. In general, it is seen as the best electric callus remover available in the market.
Pedicure rasps are long, flat tools designed to scrape away dead skin in the same way a zester removes the skin from an orange.
Although the Microplane Colossal Pedicure Rasp may look like a cheese-grater, that is only because it’s made by a company that also makes kitchen and woodworking tools. That may not boost your confidence in this product as a beauty or medical tool, but this particular rasp has overwhelmingly positive reviews.
Product reviews describes the product as “a chainsaw for your feet.” No one claimed the rasp was not hardy enough to meet their needs. The most common complaints pointed out the lack of shaving catcher and the resulting mess. The other, more dangerous, complaint came from those who used the tool too aggressively. Several reviewers claim to have injured themselves with over-zealous rasping, and they paid the price with several long days of pain.
Unlike the tools above, this system relies on chemistry to do the work of removing your calluses. Claiming to be the original foot peel, Baby Foot uses gel-lined booties to trigger a peel of all the dead skin from the affected area. Like Amopé, the website is aimed specifically at female customers and encourages purchases for not only medical, but aesthetic reasons.
Each package includes one pair of non-reusable booties. This means that every time you want to soften your feet or remove a callus, you must order an entirely new set. With that in mind, Baby Foot might just be the most expensive system out of the three.
Product reviews give a realistic overview of Baby Foot’s function. Very few reviews specifically reference calluses, and while most of the top reviews are positive, they also point out the treatment requires about a week to work – plus additional soaking time not mentioned in the instructions. Although there is less immediate work for the customer, a week of repetitive soaks is required for maximum effect.
Your choice should reflect your situation on what is the best callus remover.
If you have thin calluses on a few areas of your feet, the Pedi Perfect Electric File is probably the best choice. On the other hand, if you need to remove stubborn calluses quickly, the Microplane Colossal Rasp’s has proven to be one of the most effective options. If you have a bit of time and you want to remove dry skin on your feet as opposed to targeted calluses The Baby Foot Peel’s reviews are very much described as a good product for dry skin removal. Very few of the top reviews mention the effectiveness of callus removal, and the process is time consuming.
As you can see, each product has its benefits, and hopefully this will help you pick the most suited for you based on your particular needs.