What are birthmarks?
As the name suggests, birthmarks are areas of discoloration on the skin which are present from birth and are often permanent. They may appear as red, pink, purple, or brown patches and vary in size. Birthmarks can occur on any part of the body.
What causes birthmarks?
Vascular birthmarks, which are usually red, pink, or purple in color, are caused by an abnormality in the skin’s blood vessels. Brown pigmented birthmarks are usually caused by clusters of melanin (pigment) in the skin.
Natural birthmark removal methods
Some common natural remedies for birthmarks include applying lemon juice or olive oil to the affected area. Lemon juice has historically been used to fade freckles and lighten the hair. Dab a few drops of lemon juice on the birthmark, leave it for at least 20 minutes, wash it off with warm water and then dry your skin off with a clean towel. Repeat this process at least three times a day until the birthmark has faded.
Olive oil is a natural moisturizer and can be used to soften and condition rough-textured, dry areas of skin. Not only is it a great ingredient for keeping your skin healthy, but some also suggest it can be used as a natural remedy to help improve the appearance of your birthmark with continual use. Follow the same process as the lemon juice example above.