If you experienced having a callus before, you should know how dealing with this problem can sometimes be frustrating. Calluses are usually described as the thickened skin that forms on hands or/and feet due to friction from rubbing and contact. This condition doesn’t require any serious treatment and one can get rid of it within a week or two, but that doesn’t mean you can’t shave them early.
Growing calluses is just one of the human skin’s defines mechanisms. In fact, players in fields and industries such as weightlifting, tennis players, guitar players gymnasts, and more develop calluses in their hands and feet to prevent any further damage from these activities. Unfortunately, calluses can become pretty painful, which is why shaving it can give a better experience.
Why do we shave calluses?
Calluses are sections of skins that harden because of constant friction. It has a yellowish or pale appearance and is less sensitive compared to other skin. These irritating patches of skin pose no harm at all to the skin. However, when the callus becomes thicker and wider, it can become very painful to deal with.
There is no way to remove calluses completely but to stop doing the activity that triggers it. For example, if you play guitar regularly, your finger calluses will not stop growing but will toughen up more. Fortunately, you can lessen the impact of these skin patches via a simple remedy: shaving it. One of the tools you can use for this endeavor is a callus shaver.
How to use a callus shaver?
- Get a good callus shaver
There are great varieties of calluses skin removers in the market today, but one of the most popular options is a callus shaver. You can do it slowly but surely using a manual callus shaver (where you shave off the callus by hand). Another option is an electric callus shaver, where a rotating roller removed the toughened skin. It’s really up to your preference and budget whether you choose manual or electric callus shavers.
- Make sure you have dry skin
It’s not ideal to shave your calluses when your hand is wet for some good reasons. If the hand is wet, it becomes harder to control the tool and might lead to accidental cuts. Besides, the skin is softer, in which you can get more skin than intended. Avoid shaving your calluses after taking a bath or after long exposure to water or any moisture.
- Drag the blade to the thickened skin gently
For manual callus shavers, put the blade at the edge of the affected area. Gently drag the blade across until small bits of toughened skin falls off. Avoid applying more pressure than necessary to avoid accidental cuts. For electric-powered callus shavers, get the battery charged before trying. Use the roller to the affected skin until all the excess calluses are removed. We recommend electric callus shavers for feet calluses, as it covers more area.
- Clean and rehydrate your skin after shaving
Cleaning the skin and its surroundings can prevent infection. After cleaning, you should rehydrate your skin by using moisturizers to soften the area and prevent the skin from drying out. This step is to make sure that your skin will smoothen up and will not look awkward and dry. Your daily lotion or cream with salicylic acid, ammonium lactate, or urea is enough.
Take note: shaving is not the absolute remedy in removing calluses. The major remedy is to cut off on the activity that causes it. One should shave it only to prevent hard calluses that can crack and become painful in excess. Don’t share your callus shaver to other people.
- Finish with a pumice stone (Optional)
To keep the skin smooth after shaving, you can finish it off with a pumice stone. Wet the pumice stone and rub it to the callus for 2 to 3 minutes using medium pressure. This will help remove dead skin in the area.
Using a callus shaver should be the last resort for severe calluses. We don’t recommend to shave more than necessary. Fortunately, you can minimize callus formation by doing these steps:
- Wearing more comfortable footwear – One of the major reasons for calluses in feet is uncomfortable footwear. Feet calluses (or even blisters) tend to appear in areas where the skin is rubbed often while walking. By getting more comfortable footwear, you can minimize friction and callus formation.
- Apply moisturizer every day – Moisturizers can soften the hardened skin. We recommend petroleum jelly and other cream-based moisturizers.
- Exfoliate your skin – You can use exfoliating skin products that you use with your face, as it does the same thing. Otherwise, try the alternative baking soda paste.
- Use protective cushions – Get more comfortable socks to prevent feet calluses. For hand calluses, adding a protective grip can be a big help.