A callus is an area of thick skin that is caused by friction or pressure. It may form on the hands or the feet and is usually bumpy. Calluses are hard, dry, and thick, and may appear yellowish. The callus is generally less sensitive than the adjacent skin. Calluses are not painful, but they can cause pain when any type of pressure is applied to them.
Calluses form due to repeated pressure or friction on the skin. The pressure causes the skin to die and form a hard, protective surface. Constant using of an object which exerts undue pressure on the hand – tools (such as a hammer or a gardening hoe) or sports equipment (tennis racquet) is known to trigger callus formation on the hands and knuckles. Another major cause is dryness of the skin. Dry and rough skin makes the skin thick and callused.
Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Calluses On Knuckles
Here’s a list of guidelines and home remedies that you can do to allay the discomfort associated with the condition.
- The chief cause is undue pressure and / or friction which results in areas of dead, thickened skin; hence, you need to ascertain and get rid of the cause and consequently better manage the condition.
- Trim your nails regularly and file each nail to smooth any rough edges. This is another crucial guideline that you need to follow.
- Exfoliation is recommended by most skin experts. Soak your hands in a solution of hot water and Epsom salts for about 15 to 20 minutes, then apply a moisturizing cream and wrap your hands in a plastic bag. Keep the plastic bag on for 2 to 3 hours; then remove the bag and gently rub the affected area with a pumice stone. You may also use a good exfoliator or a scrub over the knuckles.
- A sugar scrub is effective too. Wash the hands well. Soak in warm water and honey for 5 to 10 minutes. Then rub the knuckles vigorously with powdered sugar. Follow this routine daily for at least 2 to 3 weeks for significant results.
- Some also advocate apple cider vinegar. Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to a bowl of water and soak your knuckles in it for a few minutes.
- Do not attempt to cut the calluses off. All health care providers advice against it since it may result in infection and heavy bleeding, and is not worth the risk.
- You may use some padding over the knuckles. Cut a piece of moleskin into 2 semi circles and place the pieces on opposite sides of the callused area to protect it from further rubbing and irritation.
- Always rub on a moisturizer / cream after you wash your hands and after a shower.
- Moisturize the affected area well. In case you have to continue using the thing that is causing the callus, then at least make sure you pad the hand well and moisturize it too. Coat the hands with petroleum jelly to decrease friction.
- Another good lubricating agent is olive oil. Massage the oil well in to your hands, palms and knuckles; wrap in a bag and leave overnight. This will help reduce the roughened area considerably.
- Chamomile tea has also been used successfully to get rid of calluses. Soak your hands in a trough of water to which boiled chamomile tea has been added.