Our skin is constantly being exposed to different chemicals and factors such as sun and pollution. But it also suffers from hormonal imbalances, stress, and unhealthy diets. The most common issues that our skin endures are moles, warts, skin tags, age spots, and blackheads. The good news is that there are numerous natural ways to treat these problems! While these “natural treatments” aren’t cures and they shouldn’t replace professional medical treatment, it’s worth it to try them out!
Moles: According to MedicineNet, a mole is composed of melanocytes, which are the pigment-producing cells of the skin. When moles are exposed to the sun, they become darker and can appear anywhere on the skin. To remove them naturally, Healthline suggests that you tap garlic to the mole so you can break it down from the inside. This is one of the most effective natural remedies for removing moles because of the enzymes that are in garlic. These enzymes help break down the collections of pigment-producing cells. Garlic also helps lighten the color of the mole as well.
Another effective natural remedy for removing moles is apple cider vinegar, says Healthline. This is a popular remedy because of the acidity that is in apple cider vinegar. The acidity helps scab the mole and if it works effectively, it will fall off over time. To perform this remedy, dip a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and put it on the affected area. Put a bandage on it and put medical tape on it. Leave it on overnight and do this for 10 days or until the mole falls off.
Warts: Healthline defines warts as bumps on your skin that are caused by human papillomavirus. The best treatment for removing warts is apple cider vinegar according to Healthline. The acid in vinegar burns and slowly destroys the infected skin, which can cause the wart to fall off. The irritation of the acid in apple cider vinegar actually stimulates the ability to fight off the wart. To perform this remedy, mix two parts of apple cider vinegar with water. Soak a cotton ball in the mixed solution and apply it directly to the wart. Tape the cotton to the wart and leave it on overnight and remove it in the morning. Repeat this every night until the wart falls off.
Skin Tags: Skin tags are soft, benign growths that form within the skin folds of the armpits, eyelids, groin, and breasts, says Healthline. These types of growths are loose collagen fibers that become stuck inside a thicker area of skin. One of the top natural remedies according to Healthline is tea tree oil. Tea tree oil contains antifungal and antiviral properties, so Healthline says it’s safe for use on the skin (as long as you dilute it with a carrier oil since repeatedly using undiluted tea tree oil can dry the skin over time). However, it can irritate the eyes, so if you’re applying it in that area, be sure to apply with care. To perform this remedy, wash the affected area and then use a cotton swab and gently massage the oil mixed with the carrier oil over the skin tag. Put a bandage on it and let it sit overnight. Do this every night until the skin tag dries up and falls off the skin.
Blackheads: When there is a clog or plug in the opening hair follicles of the skin, a blackhead can form. Each follicle contains one sebaceous gland and hair that produces oil. The oil is called sebum and helps keep the skin soft. When there are dead skin and oil cells, they collect in the opening to the skin follicle and produce a bump which is called comedone. If the skin on the bump opens, it will be exposed to the air and will cause a blackhead to form, according to Healthline. One of the best remedies for removing blackheads is lemon juice. The acidic and citric properties in lemons help tighten the pores which can help remove and even prevent further blackheads. But use lemon juice sparingly, and instead use a glycolic or lactic acid-based exfoliant. This is because in some cases, raw, undiluted lemon juice can be phototoxic, meaning that it reacts to sunlight negatively, causing irritation.
Lemon juice can also change the natural pH balance of your skin, and it can also cause hyperpigmentation and sensitivity to the sun, according to the True Skin Care Center.
Age Spots: Age spots can be black, grey or brown flat spots on your skin. In most cases, they occur on sun-exposed areas of the body, according to Healthline. One way to naturally remove an age spot is by using onions. Onions contain sulfur compounds that act as an antiseptic. Onions can also facilitate exfoliation. If you want to perform this remedy, all you need to do is slice up some onions and rub the slices on the affected area between two to three times a day.
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