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discolored toes after corn removal

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by unregistered, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. unregistered

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    Hi, a few years back I used over the counter corn removal pads for three corns on my feet (one on my "ring" toe and my two baby toes). The pads were sort of helpful as the corns did reduce and my feet don't hurt in shoes anymore. However, they discolored the skin on my toes and left bright discolored spots which are very obvious because my skin tone is darker. Its pretty ugly and unsightly. Also on my "ring" toe, the skin where the corn is/was is still very hard no matter what I put on it to soften it. Should I see a podiatrist or is there anything I can do at home to restore the natural look of my feet? Can a podiatrist do anything to treat my feet if the corns have been removed?
     
  2. FootDoc

    FootDoc New Member

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    It is often quite difficult to limit the action of the destructive acid compound in the corn "remover" pads to the dead keratotic tissue, and its action on living tissue is no more subtle than on dead tissue. This can result in varying degrees of adverse effects to the living tissue beneath and surrounding the corn, and some of this effect may be permanent. Lightening of the skin, especially in those with darkly pigmented skin is not uncommon. To my knowledge, there is nothing that can be applied topically to the skin to change that, though you might wish to consult a cosmetic plastic surgeon or a dermatologist who specializes in cosmetic problems for an opinion regarding this matter if the problem is sufficiently troublesome to you.
     
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2008
  3. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    There is always new invention and medical technology, I was wonder if there is any updated information since this posting in 2008. I too am of darker skin and would like to know if the silicone treatment would help to restore the natural skin color after its use. Please advise
     
  4. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    I am currently using potato juice and aloe Vera gel to restore my chocolate complexion from a corn removal. I took a white potato and blended it it aloe vera gel. I dipped a cut piece of cotton (or gauze) into the potato juice and covered it with a bandaid. It's only been a day and I can see where my skin color is restoring. Change the dressing twice a day and refrigerate the remaining juice. Hope this will help you.
     
  5. TOG Orthotics

    TOG Orthotics New Member

    Yeah, generally it's not recommended to use the over the counter corn removal plasters, as these contain salicylic acid which is very unkind to the skin. Soften the corn with an oil or citric acid, then use a pumice stone and emery board to trim down the corn or callus.

    There's not really whole lot you can do once the pigmentation has been removed from the skin, talk to a dermatologist who can advise on which is the best way forward. It may be as simple as a steroid cream to get the cells working properly again, or it may involve a longer process to deal with the hypopigmentation.

    Can't really speak for potato juice.
     
  6. Debcentric

    Debcentric Guest

    Did it work?
     
  7. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    For anyone who's wondering about whether the aloe vera and potato juice worked -- I just wanted to give a heads up that it worked for me. (I'm not the poster who suggested it, I just tried it out after reading about it here and on one other site.) Just posting a comment here because I've noticed that no one who suggests this ever really updates us on their results. By the way, I have a caramel complexion.

    So, I cut up a third of a potato from the supermarket into chunks (I didn't peel off the skin or anything), tossed the chunks into a blender with aloe vera gel. You get this beige milk looking concoction. Store whatever you don't use in the fridge so you don't have to go through all that lame work again. You'll notice that the concoction gets darker as the days go by, even though it's in the fridge. I still used this darker liquid, and not only am I still alive, but it still worked for me :)

    Anyway, first I put cocoa butter lotion and vaseline on the area to keep it soft -- I actually don't know if this had any effect but I'm not about to omit any steps if the regimen seems to be working. Then, as the other poster suggested, I douse a cotton ball in the mixture, then apply it to the discolored part, and then wind medical tape around the toe to secure the cotton ball. Sometimes I wear socks just to make sure it doesn't go traveling in the middle of the night :/

    I take it off in the morning, and the skin looks like what skin resembles after being under a bandaid for a long time, so be prepared for that. As the day goes by and the skin stops being so pruny, you'll see how it has changed. The first day I did it, I saw that the color was returning, but it was splotchy, and some parts looked darker than my skin. However, as the days went by, it started evening out. It's been about 4 days, and this large white patch on my toe I've dealt with for YEARS has just about returned to its natural color, but I'm going to continue with the regimen for a couple more days for good measure. I'd also like to note that I'm not sure if the concoction is actually speeding up melanin production (doubt it), or whether it's potato somehow dying the epidermis, but hey! it works so I'm not complaining.

    I mainly only wore the concoction overnight (every night), but I did it during the day a couple of times. During the day, if I was too lazy to do the regimen, I made sure to keep the area moisturized and soft with lotion and vaseline.

    Things I did/recommend:
    -Start with a blank canvas. A couple of weeks ago, I tried this out when the skin of the white patch was thick and rough (I believe this is called a hard corn), and I decided to soak a potato slice in aloe vera gel and plop it on there and tape it to my toe. Failure, in so many ways. It just started turning the hard corn a splotchy color, and hello, we all want the soft, even-colored toes we used to have. Therefore, make sure you do this RIGHT after this remove any corn, soft or hard -- get rid of that thick tissue even it doesn't look like I corn (because mine didn't). I suggest dipping a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and taping it to your toe overnight, and by the next morning, you should be able to scrape off that hard, dead, thick skin with a pumice stone. This process with the apple cider vinegar smells revolting by the way, so if you're single, don't plan any rendezvous with a lover that night. Then, after getting rid of the dead skin, proceed with the potato-aloe vera gel regimen.

    -I was also taking my vitamins :)

    -Don't half-ass it like I did at first. Get a potato, buy aloe vera gel (at the supermarket, not expensive), use a blender, buy cotton balls, buy gauze/medical tape/scotch tape = less than $20 (if you already own the blender).

    I hope I helped, good luck, everyone.
     
  8. jazzedup

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    Awesome!! I'm much appreciative of you responding to the previous posting. I will definetly give it a try
    Thanks a lot!
     
  9. Lovely_Q

    Lovely_Q Guest

    Trying it now I really hope this method works! I started yesterday and I can already see a difference :) I haven't wore sandals in forever, I'm tired of hiding my toes from those stupid corn removers that caused so much damage to my skin.
     
  10. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    I've been trying this method for the past few days...it looked like it was working at first however I took an alcohol pad this morning and wiped around the toes I was doing this on and realized that it probably was just a little of the concoction left on the skin. I'm going to keep trying for a couple more days before I just give up.
     
  11. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    Any updates on the potato concoction ? I think I will try it
     
  12. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    Did anyone find permanent results? I thought it was working but it eventually didn't... Lovely Q
     
  13. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest



    Hi there... quick question. I tried the tried the corn removal two weeks ago because of my new Danskos, these shoes caused 3 corns. The corn removal did not leave it white but left it Dark. I am caramel Complexion but hope that if I tried the mixture it would return my toes to their original color cause it looks HORRIBLE! so my question, Would it work to repair a discoloration that was darker... making it lighter?. The corn is removed and its not hard, but the scaring is still there from the corn removal.

    Please and Thank you
     
  14. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    Hey there, I also have the same problem. It made the area darker and the where the corn is, the skin has become wrinkled. Its terrible and embarrassing.

    Going to try out this remedy. Hope it works
     
  15. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    uughh so i've been battling the same issue for YEARS! the discoloration has been my biggest insecurity to the point that i dont even want my friends talking about my toes. its horrible, i started the aloe vera & potato thing so I'm praying it works. even if it doesnt restore it all the way, i'll be happy.
     
  16. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    Hi. Any updates on the potato concauction?
     
  17. robertharris750

    robertharris750 New Member

    The skin discoloration must be due poor blood circulation or diabetes. For corn removal use natural remedies like applying turmeric powder mixing with honey.
    If the skin is discolored it means it is not fully healed and so Foot specialist / Podiatrist is always recommended.
     
  18. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    I tried the potato and aloe vera mix posted above and I thought I would give an update of my results.

    The first time I tried the mix it failed. Reasons being
    1. the corn was not softened
    2. the bandaid kept moving
    3. I didn't use the vaseline

    The second time around I began softening the corn. I used 3 different methods. You don't have to dry the different methods. I just wanted to see which worked better.
    The 1st time I added some apple cider vinegar to some water and soaked my feet for 30 mins then use a pumice stone to file it down.

    The 2nd time I just added soap to the water, soaked my feet for 30 mins then filed it down.

    The 3rd time I made a paste with baking soda and water and applied it directly to the corn and taped it in place and kept it on over night. After this the corn was completely soft so I began applying the mix.

    I applied petroleum jelly over the corn before I applied the potato juice and aloe vera mix then i used tape and secured it in place. Then I put socks on to keep everything in place.

    I only used the mix at night. During the day I put petroleum jelly on.

    This is my second day during the mix and I can honestly say it is working.
     
  19. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest


    Is this still working for you? I am seriously considering trying this. If it works I will probably post a youtube video as there are many people with this issue, but very little advise on how to fix it.
     
  20. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    Please advise as to whether this potato remedy ended up working for you above posters! Or maybe I should just try for myself. Hate to get my hopes up tho :/
     
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