Your skin is the first thing people notice. After all, you’re covered in it! But when you see a new mole, age spot, wart, blackhead, or skin tag, it’s your turn to take note. These marks can be really annoying. And while they’re all quite different, each one affects the epidermis, or the top layer of the skin.1 This makes them hard to ignore.
For a good chunk of change, moles and skin tags can be removed with a laser. These also work against warts, along with cryotherapy and medicine. Hydroquinone may fight age spots, but it’s harsh and full of chemicals.2 The same goes for expensive products that claim to remove blackheads.
Luckily, there are traditional remedies for these problems. You can even adjust the ingredients to fit your needs. So, instead of spending all your cash on chemical-filled medicines, try these natural treatments.
1. Remove Moles With A Castor Oil And Baking Soda Paste
Moles are extremely common. A person with light skin can have up to 40! Most moles form during childhood, but sun exposure can bring on new ones. To get rid of unwanted moles, use baking soda, which is a natural bleaching agent.
- Add a pinch of baking soda to 3 drops of castor oil.
- Mix well.
- Apply the paste on your moles. Leave to dry.
- Repeat once a day until the mole has lightened.
A new or changing mole might be a sign of melanoma or skin cancer. See your dermatologist if a mole grows, itches, or bleeds.3
2. Get Rid Of Age Spots With A Lemon-Strawberry Mask
Age spots, or liver spots, are brought on by sun exposure. They’re a type of photodamage, or skin damage from UV rays, that become more common as you get older.4
For a natural lightener, use lemon juice and strawberries. Both foods contain vitamin C, a nutrient that can reverse hyperpigmentation when applied to the skin.5
- Mash 2 or 3 strawberries.
- Add up to 5 drops of fresh lemon juice.
- Stir well.
- Spread the paste on the age spots. Be careful around your eyes.
- After 5 minutes, wash off and pat dry.
3. Say Goodbye To Warts With Garlic
Common warts can show up on your fingers and feet as well as spots you frequently shave. They’re caused by a human papillomavirus infection. However, thanks to the antiviral properties of garlic, you can get rid of them naturally.6
- Crush 1 clove of garlic.
- Carefully spread the paste on the wart. Cover with a bandage.
- Let it sit for 30 minutes.
- Wash off and pat dry.
- Repeat 1 or 2 times a day until the wart turns into a blister. Eventually, it will fall off.
Note: See a doctor immediately if you have genital warts as they are sexually transmitted.
4. Remove Blackheads With An Oatmeal-Green Tea Mask
Excess oil is the reason behind blackheads. When it builds up and clogs a pore, oxygen turns it black.7 By using oatmeal and green tea, you can control the extra oil. The green tea will even kill acne-causing bacteria and lighten pigmentation.8
- Prepare 1 cup of hot green tea.
- Add 1 tbsp of it to 1 tbsp of oats.
- Mix into a paste.
- Apply the paste on the blackheads.
- After 10 minutes, wash off and dry.
5. Get Rid Of Skin Tags With Tea Tree Oil
Cutaneous skin tags are most common in older people. The risk is greater if you’re overweight or have diabetes.9 Although they’re painless and harmless, you can use tea tree oil to get rid of them.
- Soak a cotton ball in water.
- Add 2 to 3 drops of tea tree oil to the cotton ball.
- In circular motions, massage it gently on the skin tag.
- Repeat 1 or 2 times a day.
These remedies are useful for benign spots and growths. If something looks suspicious, see a doctor. Anything that grows or bleeds should be checked out.
|↑1||About skin: Your body’s largest organ. American Academy of Dermatology.|
|↑2||Hydroquinone. American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.|
|↑3||Moles. American Academy of Dermatology.|
|↑4||Skin Health. Oregon State University.|
|↑5||Vitamin C and Skin Health. Oregon State University.|
|↑6||Kenawy, Soha, Ghada Farouk Mohammed, Soha Younes, and Atef Ibrahim Elakhras. “Evaluation of TNF‐α serum level in patients with recalcitrant multiple common warts, treated by lipid garlic extract.” Dermatologic therapy 27, no. 5 (2014): 272-277.|
|↑8||Saric, Suzana, Manisha Notay, and Raja K. Sivamani. “Green Tea and Other Tea Polyphenols: Effects on Sebum Production and Acne Vulgaris.” Antioxidants 6, no. 1 (2016): 2.|
|↑9||Cutaneous Skin Tags. MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine.|