Many salons offer callus remover procedures, often using cheese grater-like devices (or the real things!), but this can be very dangerous, warns Jacqueline Sutera, DPM, a podiatrist in New York, New York. “When these go too deep and are used on patients with thin skin, poor circulation, or diabetes, it can cause burns and terrible wounds or infections,” she says. To avoid this, she recommends using creams specially made for thicker foot skin. “These creams have gentler ingredients like urea and lactic acid and can be used several times a week to keep skin smooth and thin out calluses in little time,” she adds.
Or you may want to try one of these eight reliable home remedies for removing calluses.
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The very purpose of cuticles are to protect the nail matrix, which are the cells that grow nails, explains Dr. Sutera. When the cuticle is cut, this can expose you to infections and damage to the nail matrix. “Damage to the nail matrix will permanently grow out nails that are thick, discolored and very unsightly,” she says. “This can often be mistaken for fungal nails.” Instead, she recommends having your technician gently push the cuticle back to remove the excess growth. “Only hangnails or jagged cuticle skin should be carefully trimmed with clean instruments,” she adds. Learn what your fingernails can reveal about your health.