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Summer is here, and it's time to catch up on certain parts in our beauty routines that we may leave behind during the colder months. When was the last time you took a break and got a pedicure? Are you putting off wearing sandals because you are self conscious of your feet? You are not alone!

When left untreated, our feet can become rough and cause lots of insecurity. It would be a pain to have to give up plans this summer because you don't want to show your feet, don't you think? Don't worry, because this is an easy problem to solve with electric callus removers!


  • Calluses are not only an aesthetic issue, but also of health. If left untreated, they can cause blisters, pain, incorrect support when walking, and even toe deformities
  • An electric foot file will help you get rid of calluses and soften the skin of your feet so they are healthy and you can wear sandals without worry.
  • When taking care of your feet, it is important to be consistent. Getting a pedicure once does not do much if we forget about it for the rest of the year

The Best Callus Remover: Our Picks

There are several different types of callus removers available on the market. Though they all serve the same purpose, each has different features and can be specific for certain people. With so many options, it can be confusing to know which is the best one. To help make it easier, we have created this ranking of the best callus removers on the market for you to choose from. We will be focusing on electric callus removers in this list!

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Shopping Guide: Everything you should know about callus removers

Electric callus removers have been around for awhile, although they are not very widely used. Given the vast amount of benefits they have, and the fact that they are not too expensive, we assume that they are not very popular because many do not know they exist. In this section, we will answer some of your most frequently asked questions and tell you everything you need to know about electric callus removers.

Remember to moisturize the area that you file.
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Why do you need an electric callus remover?

We can assume that you have never used an electric callus remover before. If you are reading this article, it must mean that you are curious about them, right? For starters, an electric callus remover is very useful for removing dead skin cells from your feet.

You might be thinking that traditional files work just as well for this purpose. It is true, but electric files also have their own set of benefits. They are very comfortable to use, and are designed to be used in the comfort of your own home. In addition, they offer very professional results, without the added cost. Contrary to what many people think, they are actually quite economical!

Is an electric callus remover better than a traditional one?

We are not going to say that manual files are bad, because they aren't. They have been used for a long time with good results. But, the future is here and it may be time to try an electric file. You can even use both, but it is a good idea to know the advantages and disadvantages of each one.

Lima Pros Cons
Traditional They are very cheap.

Easy to control.

They are very effective against callouses, especially persistent ones.

They are designed for certain areas of the body, such as feet.

You have to be careful not to hurt yourself.

Using them requires some physical effort.

Electric Very easy to use.

They are very gentle with skin and can be used with sensitive skin.

Can be used on any part of the body.

They leave a powder residue that can be quite dirty.

Replacement rollers can be difficult to find.

How do you use an electric callus remover?

Using an electric callus remover may not be as easy and convenient as getting a pedicure at your local salon, but it is much cheaper and not very difficult. If you use it consistency (more on this later) they help to take care of your feet and keep them looking and feeling soft.

Before using an electric callus remover for the first time, you should read the instructions carefully. They are normally very easy to use, but they may have different speed settings, rollers, and water resistance. Once you have read the instructions for your device, it is time to get started:

  • Wet the area that you want to file, or let it soak. Preferably with hot water, to soften the skin.
  • Start to roll the device over your skin, without too much pressure. 
  • If one pass is not enough, you may need to go over the area a few times to get your desired results.
  • Be patient. You may not see results right away, as it takes consistency to get smooth skin.
  • Clean your feet with water to remove the "dust" and dry them well. 

Do I need to apply moisturizer after using a callus remover?

After using a callus remover, it is common for your feet to feel dry and dehydrated. This is completely normal and nothing to worry about, but it is important to apply a cream to moisturize the dry areas. Some products even come with cream that is designed to be used with the electric callus remover.

In any case, you do not need any particular product. An oil based moisturizer works especially well to restore your feet after a pedicure session. Look for moisturizers that are oil, butter, or cream based and use them regularly, since these will be the best for your dry feet.

Use the file in areas where your skin is hardened and rough.
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How often should I use a callus remover?

The question on how often is relative, because it depends on several factors. For example, it depends on the state of your feet to begin with. Dry feet that have not been treated for a long time will require more frequent use until the hardness goes away. It also depends, of course, on the sensitivity of your skin.

Normally, it is recommended to use your callus remover  2-3 times per week.

Once the calluses have softened and your feet are in good condition, you can space out the sessions to once a week or even once every 15 days. If your feet become irritated, space this out even further.

Is it painful to use a callus remover?

Not at all. Traditional metal or pumice stones can be very abrasive on sensitive skin. However, electric files are designed to be very gentle with skin, while also exfoliating. In addition, they have different speed settings to be used with various skin types.

That being said, it is not unusual to experience a bit of irritation if you use it too often or in very long sessions. You should give your callous remover a rest if you experience injuries, blisters, sunburn, or any other foot irritation. Of course, if you experience pain while using the device, you should stop immediately.

Did you know that the soles of the feet have more sensory nerve endings compared to other parts of the body?

Are callus removers effective for chronic dryness?

Although the effects may be slower than that of traditional files, electric callus removers are very effective against even the most stubborn calluses. We know that everyone wants nice feet for the summer, but using the callus remover in one session will not give you immediate results, and may leave you with sore feet.

The best thing you can do it use it consistently. In the beginning, use your callus remover 2-3 times per week and use a moisturizing cream, such as an oil based lotion. With patience and dedication, your feet will be soft and ready for sandals in just a few weeks.

Is cleaning a callus remover complicated?

With this type of device, it is best not to neglect hygiene. Keep in mind that feet, even if they are healthy, are full of bacteria and dead skin cells. These dead skin cells can stay on your roller, sorry for the image! As you can imagine, not cleaning your electric callus remover is not a good idea.

In all roller models, it is possible to disassemble the rollers, so do not be afraid to remove them and run them under water to get rid of the residue. Some electric files are even water resistant and can be cleaned without removing the head. Then, let the piece dry after washing and before using it.

Electric callus removers are very easy to use.
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Do electric callus removers have any disadvantages?

As long as they are used properly, electric callus removers do not have any disadvantages. Remember that you should only use them in areas that are hardened and not in areas that have soft skin, as this can irritate your feet. People with sensitive skin should be especially careful when using one of these devices.

In any case, there are countless options available on the market, so you just need to find the right product for you. There are options with very low speed settings and softer rollers that, although may take longer to get rid of the calluses, are very delicate with the surrounding skin.

Can diabetics use electric callus removers?

If you have diabetes, the best person to answer this question will be your doctor. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases, "thick layers of skin known as corns

[...] may appear on the feet [...] if you have nerve damage. These hard layers can become ulcers.

Perhaps, instead of using an electric callus remover for your calluses - which is almost always the first step before developing an ulcer in cases of diabetics - you should receive regular treatments from your podiatrist. Although you should always go to your doctor for advice, soft pumice stones are usually suitable for those with diabetes.

Did you know that walking is one of the best exercises for your feet? It helps improve circulation and your overall health.

Shopping Criteria

We understand that, when looking for an electric callus remover, they all may look more or less the same. Almost all have a similar design and offer the same results. Do not get fooled by false advertising! It is important to take certain criteria into account before choosing an electric callus remover. You should consider:


We could say that power is one of the most important factors to consider when purchasing an electric callus remover. The more powerful it is, the less time it will take to get your desired results. Power is measured in revolutions per minute and can vary from one model to another, so keep this in mind.

We recommend to get an electric callus remover that has different speed settings to control the rotation of the rollers. There are products on the market with up to 3 different speeds. The most powerful modes are great for when you first start using them, as long as you don't have very sensitive skin. The softer modes are great for sensitive skin.

Electric callus removers are very delicate on your skin.
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Rollers are the most important part of electric callus removers. These should have a certain degree of strength capable of removing calluses from your feet without irritating the skin. Many models of electric callus removers include several rollers with different degrees of roughness in order to suit different skin types and severity of hardness.

We recommend purchasing an electric callus remover with different roller options to avoid having to buy more devices.

Remember that the heads will wear out after several uses, and you will need to change them after a while. Replacement rollers should not be too expensive.


The ergonomics of the electric callus remover is a fundamental point. If the file is uncomfortable to use, a simple relaxing task can suddenly become very difficult. A good design will allow the roller to get into hard to reach areas of your feet, without using to much pressure to getting into uncomfortable positions.

We recommend that you choose an ergonomic device that is easy to handle as is non-slip. In addition, you could consider getting a model that has a flexible head that allows you to easily access hard to reach areas. A device with an uncomfortable handle will be easily lost and forgotten in your drawers.

Did you know that most people have one foot that is slightly larger than the other?


There are currently electric callus remover models on the market that either have disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries. We recommend the latter, but both have their advantages and disadvantages. It is up to you which one best suits your needs and habits.

Files with disposable batteries Files with rechargeable batteries.
No need to wait for it to charge.

You can find batteries in any store.

You won't have to worry about having to plug in your device, which is especially handy when you are traveling.

They are usually cheaper, and you can save money from not having to buy batteries in the long run.

They are often more powerful than battery operated files.

You have to deal with the cables and travel with them when you're on the go.

They are usually lighter.

Water Resistance

In this article, we have mentioned certain models of electric callus removers that are waterproof or water resistant. This means that they may be able to withstand splashes, but should not be placed directly under water. Although it may seem like an unimportant criteria, it can be fundamental in how you plan to use your file.

In our modern world, we have less and less free time on a day to day basis, so more people are taking advantage of moments like showering to do their pedicure work. If you think this is the case for you, we recommend that you choose a file that can be used in the shower. You will kill two birds with one stone and save yourself some time.


We all remember foot care once its starts to heat up, and by then it may be too late. An electric callus remover, among other things, can make up for that laziness throughout the year and encourage you to take care of your feet during the colder months. It's never a bad time to pamper yourself a little!

We hope that this article has given you the little "push" you needed to start giving your fee the attention they deserve. It is not only a matter of aesthetics, but also of health, since calluses or hyperkeratosis, can grow and even negatively affect your support.

Are your feet ready for the summer? Tell us your personal care routines in the comments. And don't forget to share this article on social media!

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