3 Pesky Skin Problems To Tackle Naturally
Written by: Joanne Beccarelli
Chances are you’ve dealt with one or more of these issues personally. And chances are that you’ve turned to OTC or prescription medications to get rid of them.
I am talking about moles – skin tags – and warts!
Rarely do people talk about them, but almost everyone has had at least one of these dreaded skin growths at some point in their life. Of course taking care of your health is the best way to keep your skin clean, blemish-free and glowing (see The Simplest Way To Develop Beautiful Skin), but some skin problems may still develop due to other reasons.
The good news is that there are natural ways you can combat these skin problems the moment they manifest!
Moles are one of the most common skin problems that are created when the skin grows in a cluster, rather than spreading out. A typical adult can have as many as 10-40 moles, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Moles are usually benign, but consulting with a doctor when a mole changes shape, color or size is always important to rule out skin cancer.
To remove your mole, you can use:
- Garlic pieces or a fresh garlic paste
The process is the same no matter which method you use, though the removal times may vary.
1. Wash the mole and surrounding area to soften the skin.
2. Apply a thin coat of protective oil (coconut oil, olive oil) on the skin around – but not on – the mole to prevent the skin from becoming irritated.
3. For the ACV or iodine, wet a small piece of a cotton ball and apply to the mole for 15 minutes 4 times a day, or overnight held in place with surgical tape. If using garlic, place the garlic directly on the mole and secure with surgical tape.
4. In each case, the removal process is faster with an overnight application or with up to 4 daytime applications.
5. Over time, the mole will darken, shrink and fall off. Then the area will mend on its own.
According to the National Institute of Health, approximately 46% of people have skin tags. A skin tag is a benign piece of soft skin that hangs away from the surface of the skin. They typically begin as slightly raised bumps, but grow over time and can become as large as a grape. Most are the size of a sesame seed when they are noticed.
Skin tags can appear on any part of the body, but are usually on the neck, chest, armpits, eyelids (best to see a doctor for treatment), under breasts, on the back or in the groin area. Places where skin rubs against skin are most common.
Here’s how to remove skin tags (that are not in the eye area):
1. Using ACV or garlic treatments described under Moles.
2. Essential Oils – Use 5 drops of a therapeutic grade essential oil mixed with ½ teaspoon of coconut oil. Oregano oil, tea tree oil, or frankincense oil are best for removing skin tags and diluting the oil with coconut oil provides additional antiseptic properties inherent in the coconut oil. Apply the mixture multiple times every morning and night until the tag falls off.
3. Tying off – A skin tag has a blood supply that keeps it ‘alive’ and tying off a tag stops the blood supply so it will eventually die and fall off. First, clean the area with alcohol, then, using thin dental floss or a thread, tie a piece firmly around the base of the skin tag. Excess thread can be cut off and the tag can be covered with a bandaid if you want to keep it out of sight and away from being irritated. As the tag shrinks, it will change color and a new tie may need to be added. Within 1-2 weeks, the tag should die and fall off completely.
When the human papillomavirus (HPV) infects the top layer of skin (usually through a cut or scratch), a wart grows. Although warts are benign growths, they are contagious and can be passed to another person and even to other parts of the body.
According the the American Academy of Dermatology, there are all different types of warts – common warts, foot warts, flat warts and filiform warts. Since warts are contagious, you should never pick or scratch them. If you are not sure that what you have is a wart (versus a mole or other skin blemish), then a trip to the dermatologist might be necessary to be sure and safe.
Like moles and skin tags, warts can be treated with many of the same remedies and then some additional ones. Here’s how to treat a wart:
1. Using ACV or garlic treatments described under Moles.
2. Essential Oils used neat (undiluted) or as described under Skin Tags.
3. Duct tape – This unlikely remedy is everywhere, even on medical websites. Cover the wart with a piece of duct tape the size of the wart. Keep the wart covered for 6 days. Then remove the tape and soak the wart. Rough up the surface with an emery board (throw it away after use to prevent transferring the virus elsewhere) and re-cover the wart with fresh duct tape the next morning. Repeat this process until the wart falls off.
We all love having beautiful skin, but blemishes are bound to happen from time to time. Now, with these natural remedies, you can tackle some of the most dreaded skin problems using ingredients you usually have at home or can obtain very easily.
Joanne Beccarelli is a holistic health coach, juicing junkie, writer, soon to be cookbook author and recovered emotional eater. Inspired by many great voices in the health-thru-food revolution, Joanne found her way out of hiding in shame (losing almost 100 lbs in the process) and stepped away from the corporate world. She now dedicates every day to helping others who are overwhelmed, overworked, and overstressed, find awareness, fulfilment and better health.
Joanne has a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from eCornell/T. Colin Campbell Foundation, and became a Certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She is also a member of American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP), and the International Association of Health Coaches (IAHC).
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