Moles and warts are generally harmless but undesirable. Moles (medically defined as nevi) are a collection of pigmented cells that show up on the skin as small brownish or blackish spots. Common warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cells to grow at an accelerated rate on the outermost layer of skin.
Warts typically grow on your hands or fingers while moles can appear anywhere on the body. Warts usually disappear on their own in time but treatment can keep them from spreading to other areas of the body, while most moles do not need to be treated except in rare cases when they become cancerous or for cosmetic reasons.
Most moles appear by the age of 20 or 30, and they can be flat or raised, rough or smooth, with or without hair. Factors like genetics, hormonal fluctuations, and sun exposure may affect the number and appearance of moles.
Natural Remedies For Removing Moles And Warts
Most moles are as a result of spending too much time in the sun. They can also be genetic.
Some simple home remedies can help you get rid of unsightly moles and warts, and it is important to inspect moles for abnormal characteristics such as asymmetry of the border, color, or diameter before trying the home remedies though.
If you notice any of these issues or the mole is changing in shape or color without any treatment, get it checked by a dermatologist to rule out the possibility of it being cancerous, and do not attempt to treat cancerous moles on your own.
Natural Remedies For Moles
Garlic is one of the most effective home remedies for moles because it contains enzymes that help break down the clusters of pigment-producing cells, and helps lighten the dark pigmentation, as well.
- Crush a fresh garlic clove and place it on the mole.
- Secure it with a bandage and leave it on overnight, or at least for four hours.
- Do this daily for a few days, and the mole will then fall off naturally.
This method is known to give positive results with merely five days of daily application. Also, ensure to disinfect the area with rubbing alcohol or another disinfectant before repeating the process daily. Applying garlic on the skin can cause redness and irritation, but to protect the skin surrounding the mole, apply some petroleum jelly or oil.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a very popular home remedy for mole removal, due to its acid content. It helps scab the mole and makes it fall off over time.
Iodine can also be used to remove moles and skin tags. Iodine triggers natural cell death and eliminates the clusters.
- Clean the affected area and apply a drop of 5% iodine solution on your mole (you can also scratch it slightly with an emery board before applying the iodine).
- Cover it with a bandage or gauze and leave it on overnight or as long as possible.
- Repeat the procedure daily for a week or two, and if you do not want to use a bandage, then apply the iodine solution two or three times a day and leave it on until it dries completely.
Iodine will remove moles without scarring, but there is the likelihood of it staining the skin. Apply a little lotion or petroleum jelly around the mole to protect the surrounding skin, in order to avoid this deep purple staining.
Fresh pineapple juice can help lighten the pigmentation of moles, thereby making them less noticeable. For best results, use fresh pineapple juice made daily as it contains more citric acid, and you can also use other acidic juices like that of lemons, grapefruits, and sour apples
- Soak a cotton ball in pineapple juice and apply it on your mole.
- Leave it on overnight or until the juice dries.
- Do this several times a day for a few weeks or until the mole fades.
Overcome your moles with a combination of baking soda and castor oil.
- Make a paste with baking soda and castor oil,
- apply it to the area,
- Cover with a band-aid, and leave it until the next morning.
- Repeat every night.
Natural Remedies For Warts
As stated earlier, Warts are a result of the HPV virus and can appear anywhere on the body. They are little, round, and are, for the most part, the color of your skin.
- Banana peel is a great natural remedy for removing warts. Rub the inside part of the peel on the wart every night for a couple of weeks.
- Use a cotton ball soaked in apple cider vinegar to apply to warts. Leave overnight, and apply daily.
- Rub some honey directly on warts, and cover with a band-aid. Leave overnight.
- Crush a few cloves of garlic and apply the juice on warts two times a day.
- A few drops of castor oil mixed with a hint of baking soda may help remove warts. Apply the paste-like mixture to your skin and leave it on overnight. Repeat the process for a couple of days.
- Placing duct tape over a wart and leaving it in place for six days can encourage its removal. Then proceed to soak the wart in water once the tape is pulled off the skin, and gently rub the wart with an emery board or pumice stone. Repeat the process until the wart disappears.
There is no need to spend money on expensive skin-care products filled with chemicals when there are natural ingredients in your home that can do the job even better. Follow the simple natural remedies stated above to improve the look of your skin.