How can I treat a callus myself?

Donnica Moore, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

You can treat a callus using a licorice stick! In this video, women's health expert Dr. Donnica Moore explains how this candy can used to remove calluses.

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD

Moisturize the callused area twice a day with a thick cream containing either urea (Carmol lotion) or lactic acid (AmLactin or Lac-Hydrin), both of which have exfoliating and humectant properties. This will help to thin and soften the skin buildup, making it easier to exfoliate the top layers with a pumice stone. If you use an abrasive tool, such as pumice, to slough off the callus, be gentle.

Aggressive scrubbing can worsen the situation - remember why the callus formed in the first place (friction and pressure).

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