Cleaning my closet I came across a pair of high heel sandals that resulted in bad corn problem and I never wore that footwear since! I tried many home Cure For Corns to get rid of the black, dead skin on my little toe which looks ugly on my feet. Pumice stone, papaya, chamomile, vinegar, lemon, and pineapple are some of the treatments that can address the problem adequately.
What Is A Corn?
Corns are localized, thick skin that can be circular or conical in shape and can be transparent, waxy, hard or soft, and dry. The skin becomes hard and thick to prevent the soft tissues of the toe due to the constant friction and pressure on the skin.
A callus, on the other hand is a hard, thick, diffused, and flat skin that prevents the soft tissues under the epidermis.
Corns and calluses are painful; generally appear on feet but in some cases they also occur on palms and fingers.
What Causes of Corn?
The following are some of the major reasons for the appearance of corns on feet and hands.
- Faulty anatomy of the feet
- Hammer’s toe
- Tight footwear
- Friction and pressure on the feet
- Faulty walk
- Sitting on the floor for too long and putting pressure on only one area
- Handling tools for too long can result in friction on palms
- Playing musical instruments leads to hyperkeratosis (hardening and thickening of the skin) problem on fingers etc.
What are the Symptoms of Corn?
The following signs of the condition should be paid attention to and should be addressed at the beginning itself.
- Swollen bump on the toe, feet, finger, or on any other bony area that is prone to friction and pressure
- Conical, circular, or diffused spread
- Dry, flaky, and hard skin
- Transparent, clear, or waxy blisters, etc.
Home Remedies For Corns
The skincare regime should be followed daily apart from the following home remedies to treat the problem effectively.
1. Baking Soda
Baking soda is a very economic way of exfoliating the accumulation of the dead cells, loosen the hard and thick corns. It is callus and expose a new and soft layer of skin. It helps soften the hyperkeratosis problem, dries the corns, and eventually clears it.
- Make a paste of baking soda and water.
- Mix both remedies in the ratio of 3:1.
- Directly apply it to the corns. Or add 3 tablespoons of it to.
- Enough lukewarm water to soak the feet in it.
Cornstarch too aids in removing the layer of dead cells and expose soft, fresh skin. It absorbs the excess moisture from the corns and dries them.
With subsequent uses of it, the hard and thick skin is also removed. It also prevents any possible microbial infection on the corn.
Dust cornstarch on the corns directly and leave it to dry the localized helomas (callus).
3. Green Figs
Enzymes found in figs act as a mild exfoliator to get rid of the hyperkeratosis problem. It also nourishes the skin with its abundant minerals, vitamins, and nutrients. Figs are also excellent in preventing any bacterial or fungal activity on the fractioned area and inhibiting the occurrence of infection.
Apply fresh juice of green figs on the corns. Or soak dried figs in water and then squeeze the juice and use it. This softens the hard helomas.
An enzyme called papain in papaya helps get rid of the dead cells that together form hard and painful helomas. The numerous minerals, enzymes, vitamins, and nutrients in the fruit help nourish the skin, hydrate the dry skin, and address the problem sufficiently.
Rub the flesh of papaya on the problem area twice a day until the skin is clear.
The anti-inflammatory attributes of chamomile flower help reduce the swelling, pain, redness, and tender feeling of the soft corns. It also heals, repairs, and rejuvenates the damaged epidermis and exfoliates it too. The anti-bacterial properties prevent the sores from turning into an infection.
Boil some chamomile flowers in water. Allow the hot water to be tepid and soak the feet in it. Repeat the process twice a day. Or mix it with some cornmeal and make a paste to exfoliate the skin.
The enzymes in pineapple help loosen the hard epidermis and soften it. It is then much easier to get rid of the thick layer and expose a fresh layer of skin. It has many nutrients and minerals in addition to vitamins that repair, rejuvenate, and nourish the skin.
Rub the flesh of the fruit directly. Or take a teaspoon of the flesh and mash it to pulp and add some olive oil. Use this paste for not more than 5 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and apply a good moisturizer.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar
Vinegar balances the pH of the skin, improves the health of it, increases blood circulation to the surface of the epidermis. Apple Cider Vinegar prevents bacterial infection. It dries the conical, horny, and hard corns and callus issues.
Apple Cider Vinegar fights the free radicals, repairs the skin, and makes it soft and shining. It reduces the dark spots, scarring, and clears the broken hard corns.
Mix vinegar and water in a 1:5 ratio and soak the troubled area in it for 5 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water and apply moisturizer.
The citric acid in lemon helps cut through the hard cone and results in clear skin. It exfoliates the dead cells, acts as an antiseptic, and it prevents the possible infections caused by bacterial and fungal action.
Apply lemon juice to the corns directly twice or thrice a day until the problem persists. Or mix it with some olive oil and use it. This will moisturize the skin and heal it.
9. Pumice Stone
Pumice stone is used as an exfoliator stone and is known to get rid of the problem of corns, calluses, and hyperkeratosis. It smoothens and softens the painful and hard skin, loosens it, and eventually cleans it.
Soak the troubled area in tepid water with a pinch of sea salt, and a few drops of oil (this is optional). Wait for 5 to 10 minutes and then use the stone on the skin and gently scrub the dead layer off. Apply a moisturizing skin.
This flower helps treat acne, eczema, helomas, psoriasis, and many other dry skin conditions. It discards the thick layer of skin, removes the dead cells, and softens it.
It also aids in reducing the pain and inflammation of these localized conical or circular shaped corns. Apply dandelion extract to the corns using a cotton swab. Repeat it twice a day until the corns vanish.
11. Petroleum Jelly
The swelling, inflammation, redness, pain, and other symptoms of the condition can be effectively treated with petroleum jelly. It removes the dead skin, softens it, and traps the natural oils of the skin from evaporating.
It is a good moisturizer that prevents drying of the skin. Use petroleum jelly on the corns.
Butter nourishes the skin, clears the hard accumulation of cells, cleans and clears the epidermis, and moisturizes it too.
Cocoa butter moistens the dry epidermis, traps the natural oils. It also keeps the skin healthy. Apply cocoa butter on the troubled part twice a day.
How to Prevent Corn?
- These measures can prevent the occurrence of the problem.
- Wear shoes that fit well
- Wear shoes that are not fancy and put pressure on the toes
- Shoes with cushion soles are better
- Wear cotton socks
- Change the walk if that is the reason
- For anatomy, fault consult a doctor
- Avoid sitting on the floor all the time
- Avoid using tools that can cause corns in hands or change hands and wear gloves etc.
These preventive measures and home cure for corns should help correct the problem effectively. And it is strongly advised not to cut the corns but to see a doctor if the corns are too thick.