Hard skin, calluses, corns… Understand them better to treat them better!

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Hard skin, calluses, corns… Understand them better to treat them better!

Hard skin, calluses, hard corns and soft corns… You’ve probably heard all these terms before, but do you really know what they mean? Knowing what to treat, and how to treat it, is key to achieving and maintaining smooth, beautiful feet.
Here we provide a brief overview of these common ailments.

Hard skin and calluses

Let’s begin at the beginning: an area of hard skin, also known as a “callus”. Hard skin appears when the skin on the foot thickens, hardens and becomes a little yellow, sometimes cracked. It is caused by the repeated rubbing and pressing of feet against the floor or shoes. Hard skin is in fact your body’s defence reaction as it tries to protect itself from this rubbing action by thickening the skin. It is usually found on the bottom or the side of the foot.
If the hard skin is slight and only covers a small surface, it may disappear quite easily by taking care of your feet until they become soft again. On the other hand, if it worsens or spreads it can become more troublesome, as we’ll see later in this article.

Hard corns, soft corns and calluses

These ailments may all have different names, but essentially they are all the same thing. These are layers of dead skin that thicken and penetrate the skin. They are the result of an accumulation of hard skin and are also due to repeated rubbing and pressure.
These clusters of hard skin have different names depending on their location on the foot:
  • Hard corns:when they appear on the top of the toes, on the side of the smallest toe.
  • Calluses: if they are on the soles of the feet
  • Birdseye: if placed between the toes
Hard corns and calluses are usually visible as hard, translucent lumps of skin. Soft corns are often softer, round and whitish.
While these 3 ailments are usually painless when they first appear, they can quickly become very difficult to put up with, as they grow and penetrate deeper into the skin. At this stage, they can cause severe pain when walking.

How to treat hard skin, hard corns, soft corns and calluses the natural way

There are many ways to treat these ailments, but not all of them are a good idea! It is important to know that if you use aggressive methods (pumice stone, file, etc.), you will cause even more damage to your body. To protect itself from this attack, it will produce even more hard skin, which will aggravate the problem. These methods seem to be effective at the time, but do not solve the problem in the long term.
If you want to get rid of hard skin, corns or calluses, it is essential to use gentle methods. In particular, you can:
  • Soak your feet
  • Exfoliate your skin regularly
  • Try a foot mask
Our advice: at Marlay, we use the extraordinary powers of nature to concoct you an ultra-effective treatment, acclaimed for more than 30 years! Our new skin lotion contains celandine, a plant known to dissolve dead skin. You can use it on hard skin, hard and soft corns, and calluses. With an application of just a few minutes a day, in the attack phase, your feet will be soft and smooth in no time… and stay that way for a long time! Here are all our tips for using this natural lotion. over here .
You now know the difference between horn, callus, horn, callus and bird’s eye. You will be able to treat them properly to make them disappear effectively. Soft, smooth feet are yours!