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The Best Callus Remover and Six Other Ways to Deal With Calluses on Your Feet

If you’re looking into a callus remover, we feel you. Even if you get pedicures and take all the other steps to get fresh feet, these sorta-gross lumps punish you for being active, or going sockless, or for perhaps even for simply wearing your favorite shoes. They’re like tiny foot barnacles, taking up space without paying rent.

But first know that calluses aren’t all bad. They’re the body’s natural defense against friction and pressure. If you’re out for a run in a pair of loose shoes, your body does you a favor by obliterating all the skin cells in certain corners of your foot. Then it hardens those dead cells to create a protective layer that prevents further pressure and friction. it’s a good defense mechanism—but they can still be unsightly and gross if they get out of hand, and are often also painful.

As with many grooming conundrums, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Before you reach for the callus remover, make sure your hiking boots fit and you’re wearing some high-quality socks. But regardless of how they got there, you almost certainly want to know how to remove dead skin from feet, and how to do it safely. Here’s how to do exactly that.

1. Soak the callus nightly.

Soak your feet nightly in a solution of warm water and Epsom salts. This will soften the skin (while soothing the feet), and can prepare the skin for other methods of removal.

2. Try a baking soda paste.

One DIY method of callus removal is to combine 3 teaspoons of baking soda with one teaspoon of water (or scale up from there if more is needed). This will form a paste which you can apply to the callus once it is softened. Then, wear a sock and let the solution help exfoliate the callus while you sleep.