I love having hardened calluses- except when they rip! A while back, I had a callus on each hand rip open whilst doing Parkour. I was told to "grind down" my calluses every once in a while. By this, I take it I am supposed to decrease the size of my calluses, but to keep them hardened so that I can work out at greater intensity. How do I go about doing this?
I have a similar problem. I do two things -
- callus rasp I use a "callus rasp" once a week or so to keep the calluses from growing too large. Look for a one that has some convex curvature, so you grind a specific, small area of your finger / palm.
- Cuticle Scissors If I've ever let them get way too large, trimming the calluses down with a pair of cuticle scissors seems to be the best way to get rid of large amounts of skin
My experience from rock climbing is that there really isn't an issue with me rasping / cutting my calluses down too small. As long as I only cut / rasp away dead skin, and I stop as soon as I can begin to feel what I'm doing, I'm keeping my calluses about the right size. In climbing, at least, you don't really need a thick callus to protect your hands, the lower layers of skin seem to toughen up enough. Any visible / protruding callus will only get caught and rip off. That's my experience, at least.
There's a tool calld a Ped Egg that works well for calluses on both hands and feet.