Birthmarks can be raised or discolored patches of skin located anywhere on the body. Many birthmarks develop before birth, while others appear several weeks after birth. What causes birthmarks is unknown, however, the clustering of blood vessels and heredity are associated with their development. Birthmarks are generally noncancerous and do not pose a serious health threat, but they can be embarrassing when the mark is large or located on an exposed part of the body. Laser treatments are available for removing birthmarks but can be expensive and may require several treatments. Natural remedies can aid in the removal of birthmarks, depending on the individual. These natural remedies require a few, inexpensive ingredients, and can be done in your home.
Things You'll Need
- Measuring cup
- Lemon juice
- Two bowls
- Cotton balls
- Two towels
- Extra virgin olive oil
Measure one-half cup lemon juice and pour into a bowl. Lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent that can help lighten darkened areas of the skin, such as birthmarks.
Dip one to three cotton balls in lemon juice. Apply the cotton ball to the birthmark, rubbing the area in a circular motion with the lemon juice. Coat the entire birthmark with lemon juice. Leave on for 15 minutes.
Rinse the birthmark with warm water. Pat dry with towel. Repeat this treatment three times daily for four weeks for best results.
Measure one-half cup extra virgin olive oil. Olive Oil is a natural moisturizer that may assist in the restoration of damaged skin cells and make the skin surface softer to help reduce the color of birthmarks.
Seep one to three cotton balls in olive oil. Apply to the birthmark. Rub the cotton ball in a circular motion over the birthmark for a minimum five minutes.
Rinse the birthmark with warm water. Pat dry with towel. Repeat this treatment four times daily for six weeks for best results.
Tips & Warnings
- Remember, birthmarks are difficult to remove naturally. One must have patience and repeat the treatments as recommended for best results.
- Before attempting self removal of a birthmark, consult a dermatologist to better understand the risks associated with your specific skin type. Do not allow lemon juice to come into contact with open cuts, burns, or wounds. Failure to protect these wounds from lemon juice may result in severe burning and irritation of the wound. Wash your hands when using lemon juice before making contact with the eyes. Failure to do so may result in burning of the eyes. If this occurs, flush the eyes for 15 minutes with cool water.