Healthy skin is important for looking and feeling great. The first step to achieve this is to clear up acne. Make your own natural face wash, and then try these DIY home tips for scarring.
Other skin issues can be harder to eliminate, however. We're talking warts, skin tags, age spots, moles and blackheads. Fortunately, you can help remedy some of them using the natural methods below.
1. Oregano oil
Try oregano oil, a powerful antiseptic and antispasmodic, to help the skin tag dry up. For best results, apply five or six drops of oregano oil to the tag three times a day for about a month.
2. Castor oil and baking soda
Mix the two ingredients to make a thick paste. Dip a cotton swab in the paste and dab it on the skin tag. This is among the best home remedies for skin tags.
3. Lemon juice
Lemon juice is not only acidic, but also antiseptic.
4. Onion and apple cider vinegar
Apply a mixture of equal parts onion juice and apple cider vinegar directly to the age spot. To make the onion juice, blend an onion, and then drain using a strainer.
5. Horseradish and milk
Soak raw horseradish in a bowl of milk for 20- 30 minutes. Next, apply the treated milk to the age spots. The antioxidants and volatile compounds can help the age spots fade and eventually disappear.
6. Buttermilk and tomato
The potent acids in this odd combination can help fade age spots.
Apple a paste of ground cumin and water to your moles over a period of three weeks. (Remember the ABCDE of skin cancer when you're looking at your moles, and don't try home treatments on any you think may be suspicious. Show your doctor first.)
8. Essential-oil bath
For moles on multiple body areas, try soaking in a hot bath treated with 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup sea salt, 6 drops lavender essential oil and 3 drops frankincense oil.
9. Apple cider vinegar
Try applying apple cider vinegar directly to the wart once a day. Another method is to affix a vinegar-soaked cotton ball to the wart using an adhesive bandage. The acid in the vinegar eats away at the flesh of the wart, eventually causing it to change color and peel away. 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 a ton of uses.)
10. Banana peel
This one entails a little more effort than the vinegar, but the banana peel contains a proteolytic enzyme that eats away at warts. Use a spoon to scrape away the soft, white substance on the inside of the peel, and apply it to your wart. Cover the wart with an adhesive bandage. Repeat daily.
11. Pineapple juice
This works on the same theory as the above two tips but with a tropical twist. Soaking a wart in pineapple juice exposes it to acids that work to break it down.
12. Baking soda
As an antiseptic, baking soda cleans your skin, helps neutralize pH levels, and encourages skin to produce less oil, thereby helping the fight against blackheads. It also exfoliates dead skin cells, leaving your skin soft and smooth. Add a little water to form a paste and apply it to your blackheads. Leave it for about 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
This delicious breakfast food also makes a great cleanser, working to loosen debris stuck in your pores and help eliminate blackheads. Cook the oatmeal as usual, allow it to cool, and then apply it to your face. Leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes.
14. Lemon juice
Is there anything lemon juice can't do? It contains alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) citric acid, which helps remove dead skin and unclog pores. Rich in vitamin C, lemon juice also stimulates collagen production to improve overall skin health. After cleansing as per your normal routine, use a cotton ball to dab lemon juice onto blackheads. Leave it on overnight, or rinse after 10 minutes. The juice will sting if you have broken skin.
Always exercise 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 clean and healthy. As with most skin treatments, your results can vary. Likewise, they're not instant fixes, but with daily use, you could see results within a few weeks. Let us know which treatments work for you!