How To Darken Corns On Toes (Quick Tips & Permanent Solutions)

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There are various ways in which you get to temporarily or permanently darken corns on your toes. For temporary solution measures, you will need to use corn concealer and makeup. For permanent darkening solutions, consider using pumice stones, corn pads, surgery, and apply the corn prevention home remedies. The permanent method boosts blood supply to the affected area after the corns disappear.

Corns develop on our feet due to pressure or stress from shoes. These skin outgrowths develop to protect your feet from harm. They may make the skin where they develop yellow or discolored compared to our general body color.

Corns may also be known as Hyperkeratosis.

The friction occurring between your feet and shoes becomes the most significant cause of corns on your toes.

The diagnosis of corns will help you start your healing journey. Darkening corns may be done through cosmetic intervention or through treating them.

After successful treatment, the skin resumes its normal functioning as blood flows into the toe’s tissues. The original darker color then comes back, and you get to walk bare feet or comfortably with open shoes once again.

This article discusses corns in detail and ways to darken them for a more appealing look. Some people experience bright-colored discoloration resulting from removing toe corns.

To achieve a long-lasting darker and natural skin color, you should look for more lasting measures. You will accomplish this by understanding the cause of the corns to identify the perfect solution for the condition.

If you could naturally get your skin back, then you save yourself from repeated cosmetic makeup.

So, what causes corns?

Corns result from many causes. Let’s have a look at some of the most significant causes of corns on toes.

Pressure on toes or hands

Wearing shoes, holding on-farm tools, or other equipment may cause pressure or stress on the toes or fingers.

When we put on shoes that cause strain on our toes, it may injure the skin, resulting in the build-up of hard skin on the toes or between the toes.

This pressure may also happen if we often use equipment that causes pressure on our palms or other bony areas.

Constant pressure on those areas will cause stress, resulting in the skin building upon those areas to protect the toes, fingers, and skin from getting injured.


Corns can develop when friction occurs on the bony body areas, toes and palms, including fingers.

The rubbing of the skin triggers skin formation to prevent injury to the delicate inner tissues.

You’ll notice corn formation, especially if your shoes cause friction on your toes or even other equipment cause friction on your palms, elbows, knees, or ankles.

Health issues

Some health conditions may lead to the development of corns. Diabetes, for instance, contributes to higher chances of developing corns.

Diabetes refers to a health condition where your body doesn’t produce insulin, and you end up with high glucose levels in your blood.

With Diabetes, you may develop various feet issues. Corns form more often with a diabetic person.

The fact that the person may suffer from nerve damage or poor blood flow makes the condition worse. Corns from a diabetic person will take longer to heal compared to a healthy person.

A diabetic person should take good care of corns to prevent them from becoming wounds that may be infected and take longer to heal.

What are some of the tips on how to darken corns on toes?

All the above causes of corns call for various treatment measures to achieve a natural darkening on the affected skin.

The darkening tips involve:

Using pumice stone and medication pads after bath

When having a bath, remember to soak your feet or the affected area in warm, soapy water for up to 30 minutes.

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This warm-soapy water will help the hardened skin to soften up. After the corn has softened up, you may use a pumice stone, exfoliating pad, or stick to help remove the corn’s hard outer layer.

Apply corn medication as directed by your doctor or use over-the-counter medical options. You will get these in the form of pads that get applied directly to the corn.

This pad gets removed daily, and you soak the affected area in warm soapy water after removal and before putting on a new one.

The corn will fully heal within a few days, and the blood circulation to the area will resume. When blood supply resumes, the normal color will also resume and become darker like the rest of your skin color.

Avoid the corn triggers and keep the area moisturized while using cotton fabrics to allow for good air circulation.

However, you should be careful with the over-the-counter corn removers since excessive use may cause infections if they go deep.

Moisturizing in between your toes and fingers may trigger bacterial infections too. Always consult your foot doctor for the correct prescription.

Special padding/shoe inserts

Some people develop corns from exerting pressure on specific feet areas. This pressure may occur if you may have an abnormality or different feet structure.

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If the foot doctor realizes that your walking may be causing you the corn struggle, they will recommend unique padding or shoe inserts.

These shoe inserts will help prevent the pressure and guarantee you a more effortless walking experience.

Wearing corn concealer

Another easy way to darken corns will be the use of corn concealer.

Corn concealer comes in different skin shades, thanks to the cosmetic industry. You will find one that perfectly suits your skin color and be good to go.

Once you get ready after your shower and makeup, apply your appropriate shade of corn concealer on the corns and watch them darken to take the color of your skin.

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This darkening won’t last long and offers a temporary darkening solution for the corns if you need to attend a function.


Sometimes, corns grow so big or painful that you may require surgery to remove them.

The surgery procedure involves the removal of the top hardened layers of the corn through surgery.

After the surgery procedure, you will be required by the foot doctor to regularly use a pumice stone to trim the affected area’s skin.

Home remedy

While at home, you may get used to certain habits that will help with preventing severe corn symptoms.

These home remedies involve:

  • Use of thick, cushioning socks.
  • Wear wider, more extensive and cushioned shoes.
  • Always soak your feet in water to soften the corns before using a pumice stone, corn pad, or other exfoliating product.
  • Use heal pads if you have to wear heels.
  • Use soft liners for your shoes.
  • Apply moisturizer and keep your feet and skin soft at all times.
  • Consider wearing cotton and air-permeable socks and other clothing.

All the above treatments and cosmetic options lead to the darkening of corns to achieve your normal skin color.

What are the effects of corns?

  • Dark patches may appear under the corn, making your skin color non-uniform
  • When corns become painful, they render walking difficult
  • Discharges like blood or pus may start oozing out of untreated or uncared corns
  • The pain may be excruciating, rendering normal activities difficult
  • Corns may be a sign of serious medical issues like Diabetes, heart disease, or circulation problems.


Why do corns turn white?   

The skin build-up that causes corns leads to extra skin that has no blood supply to it. The lack of blood supply makes corns discolored and noticeable on our normal skin with original skin color.

Are corns on toes permanent?

No, corns don’t form permanently on the skin. Various treatment options give you a chance to have your skin back to normal.

Does removing corn leave a hole?

No, you will smoothly remove the corn to level up with your normal skin. Deep corn removal may create wounds that may be a breeding ground for infection.

How can I hide corns on my toes?

If you have not fully recovered from corns, or need to hide them temporarily to attend a function, then use the corn concealer that suits your skin shade. It perfectly hides the toe corns for up to 24 hours.


You may settle for one or two treatment methods that will help darken the corns on your toes.

I would recommend the pumice stone and home remedies practices to help restore the original toes’ color.

These two methods will have no infection risk and prove easy to apply. However, you should visit your foot doctor and let them help you choose the perfect corn remedy.  

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Nudrat Naheed
Hi, I am Nudrat, The Heart And Brain author, IR student, and painter. Writing about health fascinates me because it helps me to explore a new healthy routine and share it with others. I write primarily about general health, pregnancy, postpartum, and allergies here. If you don't find me writing, I'm busy painting or reading on global politics.

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