You’ve clicked through the title, so chances are you have an ailment or two on your skin – whether it is moles on your underarms or dark spots on your cheeks. With all the hype about fighting these conditions through cosmetic fillers and dermatological treatments, we sometimes neglect the at-home remedies that exist to address these conditions.
Although the largest organ of the body acts as a barrier against viral infections, fungal and bacterial infections can occur in the skin itself. Hormonal changes can also lead to unwanted skin growths. Fortunately, there are a lot of at-home treatment options for most skin conditions, saving you costly doctor visits.
Mentioned below are the most common skin disorders and self-treatment that can be performed at home:
These form when skin cells start growing in a cluster instead of spreading throughout the skin. The medical term for these cells is melanocytes, and the skin achieves its natural color through a pigment formed by these cells. Some moles grow larger than an eraser (larger than average) and are irregular in shape. Most moles are black or dark brown, but can be yellowish or skin-colored.
Few moles go away with age, but most of them require treatment. You can use the vinegar treatment to address them. Apply petroleum jelly before applying the vinegar. Vinegar works well on moles as it contains tartaric acid, malic acid and other acids that help in their removal. Then there’s also the option of mole removal solutions, which are made from natural extracts and can be applied at home on most types of benign moles. The latter is a good option if you want to avoid pain and scarring, because the vinegar solution may lead to a burning sensation.
This is a rash that starts as a tiny red bump on the skin before becoming a large, itchy red blister. The rash may begin to feel and crust after a while, and can appear on any part of the body, including hands, face, genital area, arms, and legs. Poison Ivy occurs when the skin comes in contact with the leaves or stems of poison ivy plant. The plant contains urushiol that causes the blister break out.
The best way to prevent this condition is to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants if you know you’ll be in a location with poison ivy. For treating the condition, you can utilize witch hazel, which contains a number of astringent and anti-bacterial properties. Mix witch hazel with water (in equal amounts), and apply the mixture onto the affected area 3 times a day with a cotton ball. Or you could apply fresh aloe vera juice onto the affected area.
Skin pigmentation affects skin color. The most common type is hyperpigmentation. It is caused by acne, hormonal changes, and inflammation. People with a dark skin tone are most prone to this skin disease. Another type is photomelanosis, which is caused due to direct sunlight on exposed skin. This pigmentation may appear diffused or patchy.
Potatoes are known to treat dark spots and pigmentation. Freshly cut slices of potatoes can be rubbed on the affected area each day. You also have the option to use skin lightening creams made from organic ingredients, as they reduce existing melanin from the skin.