Moles, Warts, and Skin tags are common growths on the skin that can result in a number of causes. Moles are defined by WedMD as, “Areas of the skin where cells in the skin grow in a cluster instead of being spread throughout the skin.” (WEBmd, n.d.). “The dark coloration you see with moles is a result of having too much melanocytes on the skin. If in case you are not familiar with what melanocytes are, this is in charge of melanin which gives the skin color.” (Hurry, 2015). Skin tags are defined as, “a small flap of tissue that hangs off the skin by a connecting stalk.” Finally the common cause of warts is, “The human papilloma virus that comes in contact with your skin and causes an infection.” While the prevention of moles, warts, and skin tags are largely unavoidable (besides minimizing possible encounters with the HPV virus such as wearing sandals in public showers, etc.), there are many at home remedies to get rid of these pesky growths on your skin.
While there are a lot of over the counter products you can buy to get rid of warts, moles, and skin tags, sometimes a visit to the doctor is needed as they will freeze, burn, or laser the growths off of the skin. These procedures cause little to no pain, and they are not guaranteed that the growth will go away forever.
At Home Remedies to Get Rid of Moles:
- Garlic: Garlic contains natural enzymes that can be in charge of breaking down the pigments that might be causing moles to form. You can use garlic to get rid of your moles by mashing one garlic clove into a paste, and applying it to the area where the mole is. To protect the outer layer of the skin from being burned by the garlic, apply coconut oil to the surrounding area. Cover and leave overnight. Repeat this for about five days until the mole falls off. (Hurry, 2015).
- Iodine: If you are not fond of the smell of garlic, you can apply iodine directly to the mole with a q-tip. Once the iodine is settled on the surface of the skin let it dry. Repeat this process three times a day for about 5 days. You will notice the mole changing in coloration, and appearance.
- Pineapple Juice: Pineapple is made out of enzymes that may break down the outer layers of the moles when applied directly. The pineapple juice can be mixed with sea salt in order to double its effect and successfully break down the pigments causing the mole to stick together. (Hurry, 2015.) Just mix a small amount of pineapple juice, and sea salt together and apply to the skin. You can leave it on for hours or cover overnight.
At Home Remedies to Get Rid of Warts:
- Duct Tape: Duct tape is said to stimulate the immune system. “This treatment is actually backed by science. In one study, 61 patients with common warts received either cryotherapy or duct tape treatment. After two months, 85 percent of those using duct tape were rid of their warts, while only 60 percent who received cryotherapy were wart-free.” (Whitaker, 2014). Apply a small square of duct tape on the wart for six days, and re-apply the tap if needed. After the six days, wash the wart with warm water and file it away with an emery board. Always discard the emery board so you do not spread the virus. Re-apply the tape for another six days and repeat for two months.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Because ACV is highly acidic, it is able to attack the flesh that the wart is living on. It will kill the wart itself, and it will cause it to naturally peel from the skins surface. To use ACV to battle warts, simply apply two tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar through a cotton ball onto the wart. Once fully covered with a bandage, leave on and re-apply for 1-2 weeks (Everyday Roots, 2013).
- Banana Mash: Bananas contain proteolytic enzymes that eat away at the wart. When you are finished eating your banana in the morning, simply mush off the inside of the peel, and apply it directly to the wart. Repeat as often as you need to, until results are seen (Everyday Roots, 2013).
- Vitamin C with Lemon Juice: Because vitamin C can aid the destruction of the actual virus causing the wart, and lemons are acidic this makes a great home remedy. Simply crush up a vitamin C tablet, and add lemon juice to form a paste. Apply the paste to your wart, and cover it with a bandage. Re-apply as often as you need, until the wart is gone. (Everyday Roots, 2013).
At Home Remedies to Get Rid of Skin Tags:
- Oregano and Coconut Oil: “Oregano essential oil has very strong antibacterial properties due to its phenolic terpenoids components like arvacrol, thymol and p-cymene. These components have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimelanomic, anti-oxidative, antispasmodic, antiseptic properties.” (Rapid Home, 2014). To use simply apply 3-4 drops of Oregano oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil 1-2 drops, and apply to the skin. Apply at least three times a day until you see improvement.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: As listed above, ACV has a high acidity rate, and will eat away at the skin tag. Use two tablespoons of ACV, and apply to the skin using a cotton ball. Try this three times a day until you start to see improvement in your skin tags.
- Tea Tree Oil: Tea Tree oil has the properties to dry out your skin tags from the inside out. To apply, simply drop 3 drops of tea tree oil onto a cotton ball that was soaked in water and apply. The diluted cotton ball will ease the intensity of tea tree oil on the skin. Do not consume tea tree oil, as it would cause harm. (15 Best Home Remedies, 2014).
Whether you are battling one or all three of these pesky conditions, these at home remedies have seen success from many individuals. Always check with your doctor to proper diagnose the skin problem. If you have tried the home remedies and not seen success, visit your doctor where they may be able to freeze or burn the moles, warts, and skin tags off. Taking the all-natural approach however is cost effective and convenient when dealing with life’s most stubborn skin issues.
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