How to Use a Pumice Stone for Calluses

Pumice stone
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Calluses are formed when the skin hardens and thickens in a localized area. They can form on the hands or feet for a variety of reasons. Calluses on the hands often develop from working repeatedly with tools such as rakes or shovels. Calluses on the feet are usually a result of standing or walking for long periods of time and the way our feet rub against our shoes. Calluses actually form to protect our skin from the added pressure that keeps hitting it in those specific areas, but over time the calluses themselves can become the problem.
Getting rid of calluses on hands can usually be done with moisturizing creams and using gloves while working. Calluses on the feet often require a bit more care, and respond well to treatment with pumice stones. A pumice stone is mined from a type of volcanic rock, and is light in weight with a porous texture.

Things You'll Need

  • Pumice stone
  • Tub for soaking feet
  • Towel
  • Cotton socks

Fill a basin with warm, sudsy water.

Warm soapy water
Warm soapy water

Soak your feet in the warm water for 5 minutes.

Foot soak
Foot soak

Wet the pumice stone and apply light pressure to rub away the dead skin of the callus. Gentle back and forth motions smooth away the hard skin and soften the callus. Do this for 3 to 5 minutes.

Rinse your foot off once again. Lightly dry it with a towel.

Towel drying feet
Towel drying feet

Apply a perfume-free moisturizer, such as Vaseline or olive oil to the callus. Massage it in well. Put on cotton socks and leave them on over night.

Massage oil into feet
Massage oil into feet

Tips & Warnings

  • Use the callus treatment every day on until the callus is gone and then twice a week to keep it away. Avoid tight fitting socks and shoes to help prevent calluses from forming. Use a good moisturizer on your feet daily.
  • Never rub the callus so hard that you tear through the skin, as this can cause severe pain and infection. If you have diabetes, see your physician with any condition that involves the feet, even if you think its minor.

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