Warts, skin tags, moles, dark spots and clogged pores are all skin problems that occur for most of us at one point or another. Dealing with these skin problems is time consuming, sometimes confusing, problematic and sometimes expensive. Also, some of the chemicals used to treat them are toxic and harsh and have no place near your skin. Try some of these natural remedies for common skin problems. You will be happy you did.
Warts are small bumps on the skin or mucous membranes caused by the human papillomavirus or HPV. They are common and normally treated with salicylic acid or freezing. Some people also like to wrap warts in duct tape. However, there are some other more natural options you could try.
According to Natural Society, you can remove a wart in two weeks with the use of crushed garlic and garlic juice. Rub crushed garlic on the wart every night and put a bandage over it. You should also apply garlic juice to the wart twice a day.
Pure Raw Honey
The benefits of honey are well recorded and wart removal is one of them. All you have to do is to rub honey on the wart at night and wrap it with a bandage. The honey will slowly remove the wart. There are even cases of warts not returning after honey had been used to treat them.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another natural wart remover. Like with most other natural wart removers, you apply apple cider vinegar at night. You soak a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and hold it in place with a bandage. It can be left in place overnight or for 24 hours. However, it should be replaced every day. The wart will slowly shrivel up and disappear.
The easiest method for wart removal is to use a banana peel. According to Earth Clinic, all you have to do is rub the wart every night with a banana peel for two weeks. The wart will vanish.
Removing Skin Tags
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Skin tags are growths of skin that stick out from the skin surface. They normally form around the neck, upper chest, underarms and eyelids. The most common cause of skin tags is from skin rubbing against skin. The common treatments for skin tags include tying off, cutting off, and freezing. However, there are some natural remedies available for you to use at home.
Tea Tree Oil
Skin Tags Gone has an excellent video on how to remove skin tags with tea tree oil. This process is a bit slower than most (up to one month) but is much safer for skin tags found around the eyes. All you need to do is soak a cotton ball with water and add a couple of drops of tea tree oil. Then you dab the cotton ball on the skin tag and cover with a bandage. You repeat this process two to three times a day.
Baking Soda and Castor Oil
According to LiveStrong, a castor oil and baking soda combination is a great way to remove skin tags. You mix the baking soda and castor oil together so that it forms a paste. You then apply the paste to the skin tag and cover with a bandage. Repeat the process two to three times a day and store extra paste in the fridge for up to 48 hours.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and squeeze it to remove any excess. Then dab the skin tag with the apple cider vinegar. You can leave the apple cider vinegar on for as long as you want, but it does have a strong smell. It will take several days, but the skin tag will darken and fall off.
Moles are common and many adults and children have them. They can appear at any time of life and are actually close groupings of skin pigmentation cells called melanocytes. Some causes of moles include genetics and exposure to the sun.
Castor Oil and Baking Soda
LiveStrong suggests a mixture of castor oil and baking soda to remove moles. All you need to do is mix the castor oil and baking soda into a gummy paste, put it on the mole, and cover it will a bandage. Remove the bandage in the morning and rinse the area. This should be done every other evening.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Don’t Waste the Crumbs has a fantastic method for removing moles with apple cider vinegar. You soak up the apple cider vinegar with a cotton ball, tape the cotton ball to the mole with a bandage or medical tape and leave it there for eight hours a day. The mole will blacken and fall off.
According to LiveStrong, you can use garlic extract or just plain garlic to remove a mole. First, you must protect the skin around the mole with masking tape or petroleum jelly (as they recommend) or a petroleum jelly alternative (as we recommend) (alternatives are usually made from beeswax and oil), then you either apply garlic extract or pressed garlic to the mole. Cover with a bandage for four hours and repeat the process daily.
Removing Dark Spots
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Dark spots or age spots are discolored patches of skin that appear on the skin. There are more commonly found on the face, hands and forearms. Although most doctors are unsure of the real cause for dark spots, many believe it is due to sun exposure and an aging liver. Here are some natural ways to remove dark spots.
Vitamin C Serums
Vitamin C serums for the skin must contain topically active vitamin C. Looks for hand-crafted, chemical-free, organic products. If you find the right product, the results against dark spots and damaged skin can be miraculous.
Mind Body Green states that onion is a great ingredient for removing dark spots. All you have to do is juice or blend the onion and apply it to the dark spot. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse off. Apply once a day until the dark spot disappears.
Mind Body Green also claims that horseradish is an excellent dark spot remover. If you mix horseradish with vinegar, it will slowly remove the dark spot from you skin. Mix vinegar and horseradish together and apply to the dark spot daily. The dark spot will slowly fade away.
Lemon is another dark spot remover according to Mind Body Green. Soak a cotton ball in lemon juice and rub it on the dark spot twice a day. The lemon will naturally bleach the dark spot.
We Love Aloe! states that aloe is a great substance for removing dark spots. All you need to do is put fresh aloe on the dark spot and leave it on for 30 minutes. You can visit We Love Aloe! for a more advanced recipe if plain aloe is not working. We always recommend that you use the inner gel of fresh aloe which may be grown almost anywhere as a house plant.
Clearing Out Clogged Pores
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Oil buildup on the skin can cause pores to clog and make the skin look bumpy. This is not a serious condition, but they need to be removed if you want smooth skin. Also, if clogged pores are left alone for too long, they may become infected.
According to LiveStrong, steaming is a great way to unclog pores. Pull your hair back and wash your face. Then boil water on the stove and place your face over the pot. Cover your head with a towel so you get as much steam as possible and stay put for 10 to 15 minutes. Afterwards, wash your face and rinse it a few times with warm water. Then apply some vinegar to clean up any extra debris.
Exfoliating is another great way to unclog pores and according to Remedies and Herbs, a sugar scrub is best. Create a paste with sugar and lemon and rub it with an organic cotton wash cloth on the area with clogged pores in a circular motion. Wash your face and rinse it with warm water when you are done scrubbing.