How to use pumice stone

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Using a pumice stone is an inexpensive, quick way to give yourself a spa treatment at home. Use it to get rid of calluses on your feet and hands. It is safer to use a pumice stone on a callus than to try to pare it down with a knife. There is little risk of an infection; however, do not use pumice stone on areas of broken skin. If you are diabetic, consult with your doctor before using a pumice stone, as you are particularly at risk for infections on the feet.


1. Take a bath or shower to moisten the skin and prepare it for the pumice stone, or soak the body part with the callus in a bowl of warm, soapy water until the skin becomes softer. This helps the pumice stone be more effective.

2. Dip the pumice stone in water to moisten it. Shake off excess water.

3. Rub your callus with the pumice stone. Do not rub hard enough to irritate or break the skin. Rub for a few minutes, and then give your skin a break. Rinse off the pumice stone when you’re finished with it.

4. Apply a generous amount of lotion to the area to help your skin soften and avoid cracks in the skin.

    5. Repeat the next day if your callus remains

How to File Pumice Stone Brush for Home Pedicures—02
A pumice stone is used to remove dead skin cells, calluses and rough spots from the bottom and sides of the feet. It’s a great tool for the home pedicure kit, and you can use it on yourself or someone else to pamper and bring softness to the feet.

1. Hold the foot in one hand and the pumice stone in the other.

2. Rub the pumice stone on the heel of the foot, using gentle, even strokes. Start at the base of the heel and brush the stone upward to where the heel dips down. Do not rub the pumice stone on the more tender skin of the arch.

3. Increase the pressure gradually, maintaining even firmness through each stroke of the pumice stone.

4. Vary with smaller, circular movements to file around the sides of the heel and on any particularly rough spots.

5. Starting at the big toe side of the foot, use a very gentle, light stroke of the pumice across the ball of the foot, from the big toe side to the little toe side. You may need to decrease the pressure as you get to the little toe side, as feet tend to be more sensitive there and calluses usually build up more on the big toe side.

6. Increase the pressure gradually, being careful not to rub too hard.

7. Use small, circular motions to file down on the sides near the ball of the foot and on any rough spots on the toes.

8.Rinse the foot in warm water. Let the first foot soak in a warm herbal infusion while you repeat the filing on the other foot.

9. Rinse both feet, pat dry, and apply moisturizer heavily. Rub in with both hands, one foot at a time, until most of the moisturizer has been absorbed. Put on cotton socks so that you don’t slip and so that the skin will continue to absorb the moisture.

Tips & Warnings

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  • After using, rinse the pumice stone in cool water and let sit out until completely dry.


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One Response to How to use pumice stone

  1. Penny says:

    Great information for doing your own pedi/manicure! I love this stone and it lasts forever. I bought mine in Hawaii made of natural lava. Be careful because it works too well and sometimes I can get raw on my heals. Another great site for tips can be seen at

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