Fool-Proof Natural Remedies For Warts, Skin Tags And Blackheads

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By Angelique Johnson 

Whether it’s warts, skin tags, or blackheads, skin problems can be unnerving and downright annoying.

Most of these conditions are due to hormone changes or lifestyle decisions. With the beauty industry offering thousands of different products to help with skin problems (many of which are filled with chemicals and toxins), finding a solution can not only be confusing, but also expensive.

Luckily, I’ve rounded up the best natural remedies for these common skin issues so that you can easily (and affordably) achieve glowing, healthy skin.

Warts

Warts are noncancerous skin growths that are caused by a virus called the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts can grow on many areas of the body, including the hands, genitals and inside of your mouth. Warts – even those on the hands – are contagious; it is even possible to get warts from using the same towels as someone who has them.

Although most of the time warts disappear on their own, they may take months or even years to go away. Some warts won’t go away on their own, which can make common interactions such as handshakes embarrassing and uncomfortable. They are normally treated with salicylic acid or freezing, two methods that most consider painful. Luckily, natural wart-removal remedies do exist.

Give one of these a try next time warts become a problem for you or someone you know:

1. Garlic

Components of garlic (allium sativum) have shown to have antiviral activity. A study published in the journal Planta Medica found that garlic helps to stop HPV infected skin cells from growing into warts.

Another trial published in International Journal of Dermatology found that the application of garlic extract can completely remove warts and stop them from coming back for 3-4 months.

What To Do:

Rub fresh crushed garlic on the wart every night and place a bandaid or bandage over it. You can also apply garlic juice to the wart twice a day if desired.

2. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil (melaleuca alternifolia) has been used as an effective topical application for the treatment of skin infections due to bacterial infections. In the journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, researchers were successfully able to treat hand warts with tea tree oil.

Another study found that there was no difference between salicylic acid and tea tree oil when used on warts and subjects also found that the tea tree oil was significantly less painful.

What To Do:

Apply tea tree oil to the wart and cover with a band aid all day. Remove the band aid and re-apply the tea tree oil and redress with a fresh band aid. Do this until the wart falls off.

3. Banana

According to an article published in the Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry, those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, using banana will do the trick!

What To Do:

Take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side facing out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape.

Skin Tags

A skin tag is a small piece of skin which may have a stalk. They look like a small piece of soft, hanging skin and can appear on any surface of the skin. The most common areas for them to occur are the eyelids, the armpits, under the breasts, the groin, the upper chest and the neck.

Skin tags are harmless, but people usually remove them for aesthetic or cosmetic reasons. Unfortunately, removal can be painful as burning or freezing the skin tag off is usually one of the methods to remove them. However, there are several less-painful ways to remove them.

Give one of these a try if one ever appears on you or someone you know:

1. Castor Oil And Baking Soda

For unknown reasons, a castor oil and baking soda remedy has been used for decades to get rid of skin tags. However, Jeoff Drobot, NMD and Dickson Thom, DDS, ND of the The American Center for Biological Medicine, believe that castor oil may help to increase the immune system response of the skin.

What To Do:

Mix castor oil and baking soda. Dab a small amount of the mixture onto the skin tag three times per day, making sure to cover the entire skin tag. The moisture in the skin tag will be absorbed by the castor oil and baking soda and the skin tag will dry up and eventually fall off.

2. Tea Tree Oil

Recent research published in the Indian Journal of Dermatology has shown that skin tags may also be caused by the HPV virus. Because of this, the same tea tree oil wart treatment can also be applied to skin tags.

What To Do:

Apply tea tree oil to the skin tag and cover with a band aid all day. Remove the band aid and re-apply the tea tree oil and redress with a fresh band aid. Do this until the skin tag falls off.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Everyone’s favorite household elixir has yet another all-natural use: removing skin tags. The acid in the vinegar destroys the tissues that creates the skin tag without destroying the surrounding healthy tissue.

What To Do:

Clean the skin around the skin tag with lukewarm water and soap and dry the skin thoroughly. Scratch the tag gently with a toothpick (but don’t let it bleed). Soak a piece of cotton with apple cider vinegar. Squeeze out the excess vinegar and place it on the skin tag. Cover with a bandage and leave overnight.

The next morning, remove the cotton ball and rinse the area with water. Repeat for three to four days. This skin tag will darken and eventually fall off.

Blackheads

Blackheads are small, dark spots on the skin that are caused by a small blockage in the opening of a pore. They are typically caused by an overproduction of oil caused by a spike in DHT (dihydrotestosterone), a hormone that triggers the oil glands to overproduce oil, which clogs the pores.

Try one of these if you or anyone you know has trouble with them:

1. Steaming

Steam can be applied to an area of skin for a period that is long enough to open pores, melt any wax-like substances within the pores and otherwise cause the skin to be cleaned. An article in the American Journal of Nursing also shows that steaming is an easy blackhead removal method.

What To Do:

Pull back your hair and wash your face to remove any surface dirt. Boil water on a stove and place your face over the pot. Cover your head with a towel to allow the steam to get trapped in the area of your face for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Afterwards, wash your face well and rinse it with warm water a few times. Use a small cotton ball with apple cider vinegar or witch hazel to remove any excess debris.

2. Sugar, Olive Oil And Honey

Research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology showed that using a combination of sugar and honey on the face can be used as an effective exfoliator.

Honey provides numerous benefits for the complexion, including antibiotics that help control acne-causing bacteria, natural humectants that keep the skin smooth and moist and vitamin B that can help soothe dry, irritated skin. When combined with sugar and a small amount of oil, honey makes an effective facial scrub.

What To Do:

Combine equal parts brown sugar and honey in a small bowl. If wanting to make enough for just one scrub, use 1 tablespoon of each. Add about a teaspoon of olive oil and stir to make a smooth paste using a whisk. Wash your face first and then pat dry with a towel. Put the scrub on your fingers and massage into the skin using circular motions.

Make sure to avoid the skin under the eyes as it is too sensitive for the scrub. Although a honey and sugar facial scrub is safe to use every day, limit scrubs to two or three times per week if your skin is dry or sensitive.

Have you tried any of these natural home remedies for skin problems? Have any that I missed? Let me know in the comments below!lleader_34 (1)

Angelique Johnson

Angelique Johnson

Nutritionist at Nutrition by Angelique
Angelique Johnson is a nutritionist from Miami, FL. Through her own journey in weight loss, she discovered her love for health and nutrition and realized she wanted to help others achieve a healthier lifestyle. Angelique has been featured as a nutrition consult on CBS4 Miami News and is a published author on many online health sites. She is passionate about debunking diet rumors and showing her clients how to have a healthy, balanced relationship with food.
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