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Natural Remedies for Birthmarks

Birthmarks are pretty normal in most of the people. According to the statistics, 1 in 10 children have it. Most of these are harmless and disappear with time but some require laser surgery. While surgery is an option everyone wants to avoid, let's find out some simple yet effective home remedies for treating birthmarks.
HolisticZine Staff
In some cultures, having a birthmark is generally considered as being lucky. In astrology, people having moles (a type of birthmark) on their arms are considered to be cultured, honest and laborious in their life. Similarly, people having moles on their faces are considered to be honest and reliable. Even depending on the shapes and sizes of birthmarks, astrologers tell you about your traits. But apart from this inexact science, birthmarks do cause a lot of embarrassment in public as everyone loves to have flawless skin. According to the doctors, they are nothing but extra pigmentation under a particular area of the skin. Birthmarks can be flat or raised and are divided under two categories - Pigmented and Vascular.

The question that crops up in our minds is, does birthmark require medical attention? In most of the cases, it does not and in rare cases where the doctor might feel that the mark is affecting the hearing, seeing or any other ability of the child, then he/she might suggest laser treatment for removing the birthmarks. According to the statistics available, about 40,000 infants in the United States need medical attention for treating birthmarks. Even though birthmarks can be costly to remove, but it's better to try these home remedies, which can be beneficial to most of the people suffering from pigmented marks. Also, it's essential that one should consult a doctor before trying these home remedies.

Natural Curatives for Birthmarks

Moles are described by doctors as extra skin, which protrudes from the outer layer of skin. There are many effective remedies available for curing birthmarks.

Garlic Cloves: Squeezing a garlic clove and applying it to the affected area reduces the color of the mole. Also, as garlic has antibacterial properties, it is effective against any kind of infection.

Pineapple Juice: Applying pineapple juice daily to the area can remove the mole. Pineapple contains alpha hydroxy acid and sugar, which have antifungal and hydrating qualities. These qualities prove effective in removing the damaged skin and in maintaining softness.

Citrus Fruits: Both tomato and lemon are known to possess acidic qualities, which are good for cleansing the skin. As lemon has bleaching capability, it's best to squeeze lemon and apply the juice on the area so as to reduce the pigmentation. Similarly tomato juice can be applied to the affected area to produce best results. These juices should be applied for maximum 15 minutes and then washed off with warm water. This treatment produces best results when it is extensively used for 3 to 4 weeks. Another treatment which can also aid in removing moles is using a drop of grape fruit for 5 days.

Olive Oil: Olive oil is known to have great moisturizing capability. It softens the skin and gives a natural glow. Apply olive oil to a cotton ball and rub it on the area for 10 minutes daily for six weeks. Clean the area with warm water to experience best results.

Orange Oil and Vitamin E: Vitamin E has several benefits for the skin like anti-aging, antioxidant and acting as a regulator for vitamin A. Orange oil, on the other hand, prevents collagen formation in the skin and helps in relaxation of the face muscles. Vitamin E mixed with orange oil should be applied to the birthmark so as to lessen the color in that area.

Ice Packs: Ice is always applied after we undergo any facial treatment at the beauty salon. Ice tightens the skin and closes the pores and helps in blood circulation. One can put 2-3 ice cubes in a soft cloth and apply it over the birthmark for 6 minutes.

Also there are other remedies like applying little amount of tincture iodine to the affected area in night for 2 days or applying a slice of raw potato to the mole for several days will make the moles disappear. Even applying tea tree oil extract for ten days can make the mole disappear.

Lastly, while following these home remedies, it is essential to consume diet rich in proteins, vitamins A and E and whole grain foods to treat birthmarks as well as enhance your glowing skin. Experts cite that birthmarks are caused due to hereditary problems, but whatever be the cause, it should not hamper your confidence level. Even though these do not cause pain or any discomfort, it's best to get it checked by the dermatologist.