Healthy skin is essential for looking and feeling great. The first step to achieving this is to clear up any acne – try making your own natural face wash. Then there are even many ways to clear up any scarring left over from the acne with these DIY home tips.
But there are some other skin problems which are actually harmless and not an indicator of poor health but can also be harder to get rid of. We’re talking age spots, warts, skin tags, blackheads, and moles. Fortunately, there are natural ways to treat all of these issues, and we’ve listed them below.
Castor oil and baking soda: Mix both of the ingredients to make a dense paste. Dip a cotton ball in the paste and dab it on the skin tag. WikiHow says this is amongst the best home remedies for skin tags.
Oregano oil: WikiHow suggests oregano oil, a potent antiseptic and antispasmodic to help the skin tag dry on its own. For best results, apply 5-6 drops of oregano oil to the tag 3x a day. Results should show in about a month.
Lemon juice: The acid in lemon juice works miracles on skin tags. WikiHow describes this is because lemon juice is not only acidic but also a strong antiseptic.
Buttermilk and tomato: This odd mixture of ingredients is an effective natural remedy for age spots. Organic Facts states this is because both tomato and buttermilk contain potent acids.
Onion and apple cider vinegar: Organic Facts recommends applying a mixture made from equal parts apple cider vinegar and onion juice directly to the age spot to help remove the blemish. To make the onion juice, blend an onion and drain using a strainer.
Horseradish and milk: Soak raw horseradish in a bowl of milk for half an hour. After, Organic Facts says to apply the treated milk to the age spots. The antioxidants and active compounds will help the age spots fade and ultimately disappear.
Essential oil bath: If you have several moles on various parts of your body, Beyond Disease suggests soaking in a hot bath treated with 1 cup sea salt, 1 cup baking soda, 6 drops lavender essential oil, and 3 drops frankincense oil.
Cumin: Natural Remedies advocates making a paste of water mixed with ground cumin, and gently applying it to your moles over a period of three weeks. (Remember your ABCDE of skin cancer when you’re looking at your moles, and don’t try home treatments on any you think may be questionable: show your doctor first.)
Flaxseeds and honey. Beyond Disease notes that flaxseed oil aids to remove moles naturally, while honey helps in preventing secondary infection and scarring. Begin by washing the affected area with warm water and pat dry, then mix 1 teaspoon of ground flaxseed powder with enough flaxseed oil and honey to create a soft paste. Apply the solution right to the mole and cover with gauze. After an hour, wash with lukewarm water.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Everyday Roots gives a number of great homemade wart treatments, the first of which is applying apple cider vinegar straight to the wart once a day. The best way is to soak a cotton swab in the vinegar and then place it over the wart using a band-aid. The acid in the vinegar eats away at the flesh of the wart, and eventually, it will begin to change color and then peel away naturally.
Avoid the urge to pick at it! You want the whole core of the wart to fall away so that it doesn’t grow back. (Note: Apple cider vinegar has plenty of uses.)
Banana peel: This one may take a little more effort than the vinegar, but according to Everyday Roots the banana peel carries a proteolytic enzyme that eats away at the wart. Use a spoon to scrape away the white soft substance on the inside of the peel, and apply it to your wart, enclosing it with a band-aid. Repeat every day.
Pineapple juice: This works on the same theory as the both of the two above, but with a delicious tropical flavor; soaking your warts in pineapple juice opens it to acids which eat away at the wart.
Baking soda: As an antibiotic, baking soda cleans your skin, helps to neutralize the pH levels, and supports your skin to produce less oil, thereby reducing blackheads. According to Natural Living Ideas, it also sheds away dead skins cells leaving your skin soft and smooth. Add a little water to form a paste and place it on your blackheads, leave it for about ten minutes. After, rinse with warm water.
Oatmeal: Surprisingly, this delicious breakfast food also makes a great cleanser, working to extricate the debris stuck in your pores and eliminate blackheads. Natural Living Ideas recommends cooking the oatmeal, as usual, letting it cool and then applying to your face, leaving it to sit for 10-20 minutes.
Lemon juice: Is there anything lemon juice can’t do? Natural Living Ideas reveals that it contains alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) citric acid, which serves to remove dead skin and loosen clogged pores. Rich in vitamin C, lemon juice also spurs collagen production to improve your overall skin health.
After cleansing as per your normal routine, use a cotton ball to dab lemon juice onto your blackheads and allow them to dry out. You can leave it on overnight or rinse after ten minutes, that’s up to you. Be careful if you have broken skin – the juice will sting a bit.
Always practice caution when using home remedies, and don’t apply any substances high in natural acids to broken skin. Use only when the skin around the blemish is sterile and healthy.
As with most pharmaceutical treatment options for these skin issues, the results will not be instant.
But with daily use, you should expect to see results within a month.
Let us know which treatments worked best for you!