How Do I Choose the Best Callus Cream?

Callus cream.
Callus cream may help remove calluses on the feet.
Calluses may be caused by ill fitting shoes.
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If you have calluses on your feet or other areas where there is excessive friction on your skin, you may want to try applying a callus cream to help remove them, and choosing the best one will depend on several factors. In general, a moisturizing cream is a good option for any callus, as it will help soften the hard skin and keep it from getting worse. You may also want to look for one that contains exfoliaters to clear away some of the dead skin. For thick calluses, you may need to choose a cream containing a product like salicylic acid that will make it possible to peel the buildup away. Be careful if you have diabetes or any other condition that affects circulation, or if your callus is cracked or bleeding, as some products may not be appropriate in these cases.


A deep moisturizing callus cream is typically a good choice to soften and sooth the aggravated skin. A wide variety of products containing ingredients like vitamin E, aloe, or mint designed to be used specifically for calluses are available, or you may just prefer to use a good basic moisturizer. The cream should be applied generously to the callus and surrounding skin, and you will likely want to start using it on a daily basis to keep the skin soft and help prevent further damage. You may also want to find a cream that contains a mild exfoliant, or use a separate exfoliating cream, to remove some of the dead skin once it is softened.

Thicker calluses may require a stronger treatment than simple moisturizing to help clear them away. Salicylic acid is considered to be one of the best ingredients to use, and there are many types of callus cream available over the counter that contain it. Applying these creams to your larger calluses typically softens the thick layers of dead skin so they can then be peeled off.

Before choosing a callus cream, particularly one that is exfoliating or contains salicylic acid, be sure to evaluate whether it is an appropriate course of treatment for you. People with diabetes, poor circulation to their feet, or problems with numbness are typically not advised to use creams containing salicylic acid. Cracked or bleeding calluses may be further aggravated by salicylic acid or abrasive products. If you have any of these issues, speak to a doctor before using any callus cream to ensure it is safe.


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