Pickles Ointment: The Verdict

By Lynnie | June 22 2010 | 36 Comments

Pickles was a disappointment

Having hunted down what seemed to be one of the last green and yellow tins of Pickles Ointment in the country, I was really looking forward to telling you all about my extraordinary experiences with it. I reckoned after my four day stint of using the stuff, I’d have silky smooth feet with nary a bit of hard skin in sight.

Somehow, it hasn’t quite panned out like that. There was no casting of the outer layers of hard skin for me (yes, I was very disappointed). Actually, there was so much of it left that I had to take a Ped Egg to it to notice any difference, and I’m planning to book in for a medi pedi next week.

I’m kind of hoping the tin I got was a dud, or that – despite the fact that the instructions are dead simple – I just didn’t use it properly. Because it’s a bit scary to think that my feet are so trotter-ised that a 50% salicylic acid treatment for callouses and corns can’t sort them out!

Have you been using Pickles Ointment? How did you get on?

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36 Replies to "Pickles Ointment: The Verdict"

  • White Rabbit says:

    I’ve never used this product…

    It has a funny name – Pickles Ointment?

  • CiaraH says:

    I was expecting small miracles from this tin too and it just hasn’t happened after applying it for four nights :( I wonder should we apply it for another few nights?!!

  • Daisydaisy says:

    I wonder does it only work on severe cases of hard skin etc….maybe your feet weren’t as bad as you thought!!! I’ve been on the look out for this since reading about it last week but maybe now I might just stick to the ped egg and pumice stone!!!

  • daiseeboo says:

    Jesus Lynnie, I wish you would have asked before you used that picture of my foot, I’m morto, would have done me nails :lol:

    Have been using it for two nights now so will report back on Friday if I have good results or not. I’m not sure whether I am using it a bit cautiously because of the warning of damaging good skin if applied to it. I have gone to sleep the last two nights with my feet sticking out of the bed in an attempt to stop the areas I have applied it to coming into contact with the skin on my legs or the top of my feet when I curl up. The things we do for beauty!!!

  • ceci says:

    This product kinda scares me, I think i’ll just stick to regular exfoliating, pumicing and moisturising of my feet I think.

  • ClaireBear says:

    I very nearly bought this – I might hold off until I hear a few more verdicts…

    Daiseeboo – I’m loving the S&G cleanser so far… :)

  • Polly says:

    I went for a Medi Pedi last week but the lady told me I didn’t have much hard skin on my feet and suggested I try another type of pedicure instead.
    Fair play to her as they would have made more money on the Medi Pedi.
    So I’m proud to say I don’t need to try Pickles Ointment! I must be wearing too many comfortable shoes!!

  • sweetie says:

    Daiseeboo, LOL, you could have done with a bit of waxing too :P

    BF is picking a tin for me today, so will have to report after a weekend. Fingers crossed it’ll work for me, my feet are in a wee bit better condition than the ones in the pic! :)

  • Sparkles says:

    Hi Guys,

    Ah disappointment!

    I’m really surprised though – my dad first used it and I can guarantee there’s no way any women have worse feet than him!

    I’ve started using it again since last night so I’ll let you know how I get on – haven’t used it since last year.

    Anyway, you need to use a decent layer of the stuff. I tend to put a layer on before bed, like a face mask and then put a sock over it so that it stays on. I actually only used it for three nights last time. Perhaps you’re not using enough due to the sacylic acid content? I didn’t know what it was last year so applied happily unaware!

    Also, I let the skin come away in its own time. I know it says to bathe your feet but I didnt want to be pulling the skin off before it was ready so after a few days it just peeled away itself.

    If it hasn’t worked the first time and you’ve been using sparingly, try again next week and don’t be afraid to but a layer on. The new skin is perfectly healthy and not damaged in any way – providing you only used it on the hard skin in the first place.

    also – try using a sock afterwards. I didnt want the stuff all over the place so I covered my feet and got into bed. Maybe that’s why it was so effective for me :)

  • Mary says:

    lol-I use this-you can get it in the chemist in the Pavilions in Swords (can I say that?)It’s good for specific foot uglies like welts etc.

    • Chad says:

      Pickles? Brilliant stuff. I last used it about 20 years ago. Then Pickles was easy to find. I remember applying it for four nights but covered the affected area with plaster. The fifth day I removed the plaster, had a bath and a large clump of dead skin fell off. Quite alarming really but very very successful. I am going to purchase another tin,

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