Corns

Corns are thickened and hardened layers of skin developed by pressure, rubbing, force or friction. Corns are commonly seen in the hands, toes, and feet. For healthy people, treatment is done by simply avoiding putting pressure or friction on the affected area. Most of the time, treatment is only done if the corns are giving pain or discomfort.

On the other hand, people with existing health conditions like diabetes that suffer from corns need to seek professional advice. This is because some health conditions prevent proper blood flow to the hands and feet, which increases the possibility of developing further complications.

Symptoms

• Development of thick and hard areas on the skin
• Hardened skin bump
• Dry and flaky skin
• Pain under the skin
• Inflamed skin
• Redness of the skin

Causes

The most common causes of corns are friction and pressure on the skin.

Wrong shoe size – when the shoes are too small, some areas of the foot can rub against the sides of the shoes. Too much compression can lead to developing corns. Using loose shoes can also make your foot slide against the inner walls of the shoe.
Not wearing socks – using socks provides comfort and protection for the feet. Thick socks minimize the pressure and friction on the feet.
Using hand tools and instrument – regular use of hand tools can develop corns.

Hand removing callus, corns from feet using pumice stone

Natural Home Remedies for Corns

Corns can be easily treated using natural ingredients that are usually found in your home. Do these steps to minimize and prevent the appearance of corns.

1. Lemon Juice

Aside from vitamin C, lemon is packed with antibacterial properties that protect the skin from infections and pus from corns. It is also a powerful antiseptic in preventing various skin infections. In addition, the high levels of citrus acid in lemon effectively softens hard layers of the skin. These acids carefully melt the outer layer of the affected skin area and work their way inside.

Squeeze one large lemon and directly apply the juice to the affected area. Leave it for 1 to 2 hours before rinsing in running water. You may also disregard washing or wipe off and leave overnight. Wrap a soft cloth or gauze on the affected area to prevent contact with other objects. Repeat 2 to 3 times per day especially before going to bed. Do these steps until corns are fully healed.

To get the more antibacterial effect, take vitamin c supplemental tablets daily. You can also drink a glass of lemon juice on a regular basis. Squeeze one lemon juice and mix with a glass of lukewarm water. Add 1 teaspoon of honey. Stir well. Drink in the morning or before going to bed.

2. Epsom Salt

The epsom salt is rich with anti-inflammatory properties that effectively minimize swelling and redness due to corns. It also softens the outer skin layers of corns, which will eventually turn into dead skin layers and peel off.

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Mix 3 to 5 teaspoons of Epsom salt with a basin of lukewarm to hot water. Stir well. Soak the affected area for about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove and wipe with soft cloth. Scrub the affected area with a pumice stone or any scrubbing tool to remove dead skin cells. Repeat process until all dead skin is removed. Do these steps once a day.

To promote the softening of hardened skin layers, add chamomile tea to the mixture. Take note that this process needs to be done regularly before seeing maximum effects.

3. Baking Soda

Baking soda is a versatile home ingredient that is used for treating many skin issues. It is loaded with antibacterial properties that prevent skin infections. It is also rich with exfoliating properties that gently melt and soften the hard outer layers of corns, which enables faster removal of dead skin cells. Lastly, baking soda promotes faster repair of damaged skin cells while allowing the growth of new ones.

Mix 3 to 4 tablespoons of baking soda with a basin of lukewarm water. Stir well. You can add several drops of lemon juice and a teaspoon of Epsom salt. Apply directly on the affected area and leave for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse in running water or wipe off using antibacterial wipe. Use a pumice stone or any scrubbing tool to remove dead skin cells. Repeat this once a day.

To prepare as an overnight cream, mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda with enough water to turn the mixture into creamy form. Stir well. Apply on the affected area before going to bed. Wrap using a gauge or a soft cloth to prevent spilling. Rinse using running water immediately after waking up. Remove dead skin layers using a pumice stone or any scrubbing tool. Repeat once a night until the appearance of corns is gone.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Similar to baking soda, apple cider vinegar is regarded for its ability to treat and prevent many types of skin issues. It is loaded with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that are perfect in treating pain, swelling, and infection caused by corns. It also promotes faster skin healing and renewal. The powerful acids contained in Apple cider vinegar carefully but effectively soften the hard layers of the skin.

Dab a clean cotton ball or soft cloth in Apple cider vinegar and directly rub in the affected area. You can do light massage motions to allow the vinegar to penetrate the hard layers of the skin. Repeat procedures 2 to 3 times a day until the harden skin becomes soft and ready for scrubbing.

To use as an overnight cream, mix 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 3 tablespoons of baking soda and a half a cup of water. Add a few drops of lemon and a teaspoon of Epsom salt. Stir thoroughly. Liberally apply to the affected area and leave overnight. Wrap a gauge or a soft cotton. Rinse in running water in the morning.

Regular drinking of apple cider vinegar results to better overall health and stronger immunity against numerous types of health conditions such as skin diseases and infections. Mix 1 teaspoon of this vinegar with 1 cup of hot water. Add a teaspoon of honey and a few drops of lemon. Stir well. Drink during breakfast and before going to bed.

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5. Garlic

Since early times, garlic has been a highly demanded natural ingredient in treating various forms of diseases. It is loaded with antioxidants that effectively fight bacterial and fungal infections including foot diseases. Aside from treating ringworms, garlic is also a potent ingredient in treating and preventing skin issues.

Chop several pieces of garlic cloves into tiny pieces. Make sure that the extracts are drawn out. Mix with a tablespoon of baking soda and 2 teaspoons of honey. Add enough water to make the mixture pasty or creamy. Put several drops of lemon juice. Mix thoroughly. Liberally apply to the affected area and leave overnight. Secure with a gauge or soft cloth. Rinse in running water in the morning. Use a pumice stone or any scrubbing tool to remove dead skin layers. Repeat these steps until corns have fully healed.

Incorporating garlic in your favorite meals is also an effective way to take advantage of its many healthy properties. Taking garlic supplement is another option that needs proper advice from a doctor.

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Gii Santos

Gii is a full-time work at home mom to her 9 year old daughter and a new baby on the way. She is passionate about health and fitness and natural remedies for certain health conditions. She makes it a point to use eco-friendly products as a way to give back to the environment. Aside from mothering, her routine at home includes sewing, crafting, cooking, reading books, and designing.
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