The 3 Best Callus Remover Gels

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Calluses aren't inherently bad — if for instance, you're a guitarist, callused fingers can make playing guitar more comfortable. Calluses are just the result of skin becoming thick and tough due to repeated exposure to friction. But if you aren't actively looking to build-up a hard protective layer of tissue, then you'll be happy to know that the best callus remover gels are both extremely effective at eliminating calluses and unlike a pumice stone or buffer, don't require any elbow grease.

Unlike abrasive callus removers, like the aforementioned pumice stone, gels use ingredients like salicylic acid, potassium hydroxide, and urea to moisturize the hardened skin, breakdown bonds, and make calluses easy to peel away. Even if you’ve never personally used a gel before, you might have experienced their super effective results the last time you visited a nail salon to get a pedicure, where callous removing gels are the secret to a professional pedicure.

When it comes to knowing which callus removing gel is going to really be able to get the job done, don’t worry, I’ve rounded up the best callus remover gels that, depending on your specific needs, will break down tough layers of tissue to reveal baby-soft skin.

1A Fast-Acting Formula That Can Start Dissolve Calluses In Three To Five Minutes

ProLinc Callus Eliminator is formulated with potassium hydroxide, glycerin, propylene glycol, and other chemicals to dissolve dead skin cells in just three to five minutes. Fans of this callus remover say it works best if you use it with a pumice stone or scrub sponge to remove your dead skin and calluses. Just apply liberally to your toughened, stubborn skin. Wait about three to five minutes. Grab a pumice stone or gentle scrub sponge and scrub at the hardened callus so that you exfoliate your skin and loosen your callus. This is an aggressive formula, so gloves should be worn when using it, be careful not to apply it to open wounds, and those with sensitive or reactive skin should spot-test before using it.

2A Cream-Gel That Can Be Used To Remove Calluses As Well As Prevent Them

This callus cream-gel can be used both as a preventative measure to keep skin from forming calluses and corns and as an effective treatment. The key ingredient that makes this product so powerful is urea. In fact, a whopping 40 percent of this callus-removing formula is made up of urea. For background, urea is carbamide cream that is often used in treatments for psoriasis, dermatitis, and other skin conditions that leave you with dry, raw, irritated skin. In this cream, it works to loosen dry skin cells while hydrating cracked, scaly skin. While some urea creams can irritate your skin, this one is infused with natural ingredients like soothing aloe vera extracts and anti-bacterial tea tree oil. Blended together, they create an exfoliating treatment you can use on your feet, elbows, hands, knees, and anywhere else you experience calluses and corns. Apply the fragrance-free formula twice daily to these areas and reviewers say it will soften cracked heels and toes and (with regular application) keeps your skin soft and smooth.

3An Easy-To-Use Chemical-Free Exfoliating Scrub That Buffs Away Calluses And Dry Skin

This exfoliating scrub gel for calluses and dry skin is free from harsh chemicals, synthetic detergents, and preservatives and instead relies on salt and plant extracts to break down dry skin and buff it out of existence. Since it is a physical exfoliator, you don't need a pumice stone to maximize results, simply apply this gel to dry feet and gently massage your heels and toes for one to two minutes before rinsing your feet with warm water. Reviewers say this gel treatment, which doubles as a deep cleanser that gets your blood circulating, really helps soften cracked feet and is so effective you may find yourself skipping foot cream altogether.

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