From puberty to old age, we can experience annoying skin issues at any point in our lives. Acne has driven all of us crazy when our hormones develop, and aging may bring skin tags and wrinkles. On top of that, you may feel embarrassed because of a mole or a wart on a visible body part.
The bottom line is that everyday people experience at least one of those issues, and not everyone can afford expensive cosmetic products that apparently work perfectly. Not to mention, those same products contain harmful chemicals that could make your skin worse and even harm your body.
So what do you do? The answer to that question is you go natural. You expose your skin to natural remedies that are not harmful to your skin or body. The following are the best ways to treat skin issues.
So You Have a Mole: In most cases, moles are caused by “too much fun in the sun,” or they can also be caused by genetics. The bottom line is that you don’t want the mole, so here is what you are going to do. You’re going to get a garlic clove and cut it in half. Then, take a piece, tape it to the mole, and leave it there for 4 hours, according to Healthline. The smell might be horrible but repeat it daily.
Not a fan of garlic? Then, you can try apple cider vinegar. Healthline states that if you just take a cotton ball and soak it with equal parts water and apple cider vinegar, then place it on the mole and tape it there. Leave it for eight hours and let the apple cider vinegar soak into the mole. If you repeat daily, the mole will eventually blacken and potentially fall right off. Make sure to use a perfect moisturizer afterward; ACV can be very acidic and irritating!
The Dreaded Skin Tag: Skin tags are usually found on the neck, eyelids, and upper chest. They are growths on the skin; don’t worry, they’re benign and can be easily removed with the help of that apple cider vinegar mix we suggested earlier. All you have to do is soak a cotton ball in the water and ACV mix, apply it to the area of the skin tag, and tape it there, according to Dr. Axe. Leave it overnight.
If you have a skin tag around the eyelid area, Dr. Axe recommends trying diluted Tea Tree Oil because you don’t want to risk damaging your eyes with some of the other products mentioned. All you have to do is soak a cotton ball in water and add 2 drops of tea tree oil. (Please remember that tea tree oil can be irritating if it makes contact with your eyes, so apply it carefully!)
Itchy skin, also known as pruritus, is a frustrating and uncomfortable health issue. Frequent experiences with itchy skin may result in depression, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping. Satisfying the urge to scratch your itchy skin can cause tiny tears susceptible to infections.
Below, we have listed the most effective natural and home remedies for itchy skin.
Menthol is an excellent natural remedy for pruritus that helps treat itchy, dry, heated, and irritated skin. Furthermore, it alleviates symptoms of seasonal skin conditions. When you apply menthol to irritated skin, it causes a cooling sensation that eases the discomfort.
To feel the healing effects of menthol, apply it to the irritated area up to 3 or 4 times daily. Rub it against your skin gently and thoroughly, then wash your hands (unless you use menthol for itchiness on your hands). Make sure you don’t swallow, inhale, or get this product in your eyes.
Applying a cold, wet cloth or an ice pack to the affected area can relieve itching. Keep it on your skin for around 5-10 minutes, or wait until the itch stops. Cooling helps with itchy skin by reducing the inflammation that may be the cause of it.
Similarly, you can keep your moisturizing lotions and creams in the fridge for a direct cooling effect when you use them for itch relief.
Wet wrap therapy (WWT) aims to treat itchy skin with water-soaked wraps made of surgical fabric or gauze applied to the affected area. The wraps can provide a barrier protecting your skin from scratching while also soothing and rehydrating it. WWT is especially beneficial for children with skin issues.
This treatment is meant to get intense flare-ups of itching under control in a couple of days. If you still don’t notice any relief after practicing this method, it is wise to talk to a specialist about trying other alternatives.
Colloidal oatmeal is a fine powder made of ground oat grain. When you mix it with water, the solution forms a barrier that moisturizes your skin's surface and protects it from external influences. This solution can relieve itching and dryness.
This product is also famous for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that reduce skin irritation. Colloidal oatmeal is a common ingredient in various creams and lotions. To reap its benefits, you can also add it directly to bath water.
The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar has been popular in many cultures as a natural antiseptic and wound disinfectant. The National Psoriasis Foundation recommends this product for treating an itchy scalp. You should dilute the vinegar in water with a 1-to-1 ratio, use the resulting solution on your scalp, and rinse it gently with lukewarm water after it dries.
It is important to note that this product can cause a burning sensation and additional discomfort when used on open wounds. Therefore, people with bleeding or cracked skin should avoid this treatment.