Rough, Dry Feet? How To Safely Remove Calluses At Home In 6 Simple Steps

Pumice stones are beloved for sloughing off calluses with ease (if you don’t have one at home, any foot file or buffer will do, says Gloria L. Williams, Oprah’s pedicurist and founder of Footnanny). Rub the tool in circular motions—or back and forth, if you’re using a foot file—over your calluses for two to three minutes until they’re even and smooth. 

Make sure to use it on clean, wet skin—the soak will loosen the thickened layer of skin and make it easier to buff the calluses smooth. Also, be sure to follow with a moisturizing foot cream: “Since the manual exfoliation of the stone can cause microabrasions on the skin, it’s important to apply moisturizer to help repair the small cracks in the skin from the pumice exfoliation,” explains board-certified dermatologist Purvisha Patel, M.D., and founder of Visha Skincare.

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