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Callus Remedies: How to make your gym hands pretty again

by Noor Judeh |

If any of us are gym freaks or play sports that involve holding any equipment with a bar or grip, we experience the trauma of calluses all over our hands, and sometimes feet! We all want to take care of our beautiful hands, so we’ve tested some remedies for this unfortunate and unavoidable collateral damage that comes with shaping up our bodies the way we like them.


*Disclaimer: Before trying any remedies, you might want to soak your callused are in warm water for 20-minutes


  1. Non-medicated callus pads are available at most pharmacies. These can be used to treat your dead skin and make you less insecure about high-fiving and hand shaking.
  2. Try an at-home remedy of apple cider vinegar. Rub some of that on your callused areas to make it easy to remove.
  3. Castor oil is also known to disjoin the unwanted lumps from your palms.
  4. If you can get your hands on a pumice stone, use that to rub against your calluses to shred them off.
  5. Epsom salt can be used as an exfoliator to reduce the callus bumps.
  6. Just like anyone experiences at a nail salon, sand paper can also shred your callus if your rub it against your pre-soaked skin.


However, if you aren’t the type do indulge in home remedies (especially since your energy is taken out on the gym, field, or court), calluses do go away on their own upon stopping whichever contact has caused you to develop them.


Calluses are formed from repeated friction on a certain area of skin, and the hard surface that they develop are your body’s way of protecting that area from the constant pressure (our skin is very smart!). So, if you stop the activity that caused them, they will go away in a matter of 1 to 4 weeks, depending on how big they have become.

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