Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Black Dermographism
- Blotchy, Red Face
- Borax and Baking Soda
- Bullous Pemphigoid
- Burning Skin Remedies
- Castor Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Dry Skin
- General Feedback
- Ichthyosis Vulgaris
- Pachyonychia Congenita
- Remedies Needed
- Rosemary Lotion
- Sodium Hydroxide
- Steroid Cream
- Tips for All Skin Problems
Natural remedies are often the best, cheapest, and healthiest bet for treatment of all sorts of skin conditions--including the natural aging of the skin. Hydration, tone, coloration, blotchiness, and growths among many other skin conditions can be addressed naturally with home remedies.
Often, skin conditions are the result of nutritional deficiencies in the diet or other systemic health conditions with skin-related symptoms. In these cases, a holistic natural approach to diet and supplementation can have the largest, least toxic, and longest lasting positive effect on our skin health. Adding omega-3 fatty acids to you diet, cleansing the skin with apple cider vinegar, exfoliating with a baking soda skin scrub, or supplementing your diet with important skin-supporting nutrients can often do far more for your skin than any expensive skin care products.
Home Remedies: Among other natural cures for skin conditions, coconut oil is a very popular lotion component; vinegar is an effective toner and cleanser; iodine can help remove many growths and plaques; and apple cider vinegar or green juice tonics are often said to improve both tone and skin glow.
Our readers offer information and opinions on Earth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.
Apple Cider Vinegar
09/08/2012: Josey from Tulsa, 0l: "I had crust and cracking behind my ears for about a year and could not cure it with anything. Then I began applying ACV and by the next day it was gone, and in a week of applying it, it never returned."Replies
10/29/2012: Abhishek from Muzaffarpur, Bihar replies: "How can I reduce my ichtyhosis skin problem?"
[NAY] 09/05/2012: Ivachka from Goes, Zeeland, Netherlands: "Hello Ted, please help me. I use acv to get rid of a black spot on my lip. The acv has darkened my lip area- it is very black now. please help. Can I use dmso? I have black skin. what should I do? please help
[YEA] 05/23/2012: Seemorenz from Tauranga, New Zealand: "I have suffered from dry flakey skin on my forehead for years. I have tried a number of proprietory brand ointments, none of which have made any significant difference. More recently, my skin condition deteriorated, spreading to my ears which became inflamed, scaly and very itchy.
In desperation I accepted a friend's advice to check out your website, which recommended apple cider vinegar - mainly by way of ingesting small amounts. Never one to completely follow medical advice, I applied the cider vinegar direct to the skin by way of dabbing it on with cotton wool.
Within 12 hours there was a major improvement in my skin condition, and a week later my skin is almost completely clear of any irritation or blemish. A total transformation! I have gone from being a hardened cynic to a firm believer in "herbal remedies".
The apple cider vinegar I have been using is a New Zealand product which contains 2% honey. I have no idea if the honey has any medicinal properties, but it sure helps the cider vinegar to stick to the skin."
02/28/2012: Jen from Bozeman, Mt, Us: "I have been wearing my 14k gold wedding ring for 15 years now. I have never had any problems with it before but suddenly it is turning my finger black wear it touches. I have googled this issue and found there is a name for it. Black Dermographism. I also found that there are lots of theories on what causes it but nothing too exact. Does anyone on here have any idea what might be causing this? I haven't really changed any of my supplements lately but I take lots:) They are iodine, selenium, zinc, copper, iron, magnesium, D3, cod liver oil, Vit c, niacin, meletonin, 5-htp, thymus gland extract, relora, B complex, theonine, siberian ginsing, senna, black strap molasas, coconut oil, and acv/baking soda. I don't know what might have changed other than hormones possibly as I am 37 and possibly perimenopausal but not sure why all of a sudden now. I drink lots of water and coconut water to keep my electrolytes balanced but have recently been unable to buy the coconut waters like usual. I know the potassium has been thought of a possible cause before, so that is a thought. I have also read it might be iron deficiency or hormone changes. Just wanted to see if any of you folks had any experience or wisdom on the topic?"Replies
07/10/2012: Garrowk from Williamsburg, Virginia, Usa replies: "I have had the same experiences. What I have been told and it seems accurate, is that it is high acid in your system. Whenever I eat a lot of tomatoes ( typically in summer) I have the same issue."
Blotchy, Red Face
09/08/2011: Jfm from London, England: "Not sure where to start with this one. I don't know if this is relevant to my current problem that I am seeking advice on but ever since childhood whenever I did any physical exertion or got hot my face always went a very deep red colour. I didn't take an awful lot of notice all those years ago but I've still got the same thing happening now. However, this is not really what I'm seeking help with although if anyone does know how to stop looking like a tomato I would be grateful.
Over the last 10 years or so my face has been looking very blotchy with a lot of redness to it (cheeks, nose, chin, forehead). This is permanent and never gets any better. I also have broken capillaries on my face. I have what I would describe as Celtic skin (Irish background). My skin used to be quite pale (apart from when I got hot!) with a few freckles.
I have tried the Linus Pauling protocol (Vitamin C and L-Lysine) to see if that would tone down the redness and clear up the broken capillaries but no luck so far.
I then wondered if I might have the infamous Butterfly Rash associated with Lupus. However, having read about the symptoms of Lupus I have only the redness on my face and no other health problems, thank God. So really not sure whether this would be the cause of it.
I'm at a loss now as to what has caused this. If anyone has any similar problem or knows what I could do to get my pale skin back I would love to hear from you. Thank you."Replies
09/10/2011: Catherine from Wellington, New Zealand replies: "I absolutely know what you are talking about. All my life I would flame up on exertion, or in hot weather, not to mention if I had one glass of wine. Lately this has eased though slowly. What happened was I discovered I had hemochromatosis.. That is my body stores all dietry iron, common among celtic types. I have been treated for the last 8 months by regular bleedings at the blood clinic.. This is critical as the buildup of iron is dangerous (check out internet for more info) What I had thought was a malar flush (lupus symptom) on my face is almost gone now. The last two weeks the fading has been much more noticable as I have increased my iodine supplement. Dr. Can check for iron overload with a serum ferritin test. They don't usually check that one when they do the hemoglobin test for iron in the blood (anemia) which is a different thing altogether."
02/26/2012: Ozlady from Bonshaw, Nsw Australia replies: "This beut little remedy for skin problems is WELL WORTH trying.
Vegemite and honey mixed.
Spread it on the skin problem, leave until you can't stand it any loger then wash it off.
My skin is pale with freckles, now I am older it was pretty horrific on my Aussie hot sun exposed arms untill I tried this little beauty. I do it pretty often now.
I just guess the mix as it's all good/safe ingredients.
08/08/2012: Philo from Sydney, Nsw replies: "To Ozlady from Bonshaw: I used to live in Texas (Qld)! What exactly does the Vegemite and honey mix do? Is it okay for the face?"
Borax and Baking Soda
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 05/26/2013: Sandy55 from White Pine, Tennessee, Usa: "This has gone on for over 4 years. I have tiny white balls all everywhere I have a pore. Last Dr thought I looked like a had a tan when I had not been out in the sun for over three years. I was DX with Morgellons by a Dr in Atlanta. I have lots of black specks. I have been doing the borax and baking soda soaks and drinks. This seems to be helping already. I would like to hear from Ted. My skin will lather with just water with lots of white things. Skin also feels like grit. Eyes full of gunk. Please read my message again to be sure I am mixing borax to for internal Morgellons. Sandy"
07/21/2011: Lmargw from Santa Monica, Ca: "I'm hoping Ted can answer this one or someone who knows about this auto-immune skin disease. My father who is 81 was diagnosed with this condition. He as been on the pharma protocol which cleared it up but now it has returned and we don't want to put him back on the prednisone as it makes him very agitated. Are there any natural remedies to knock this thing out of his system?
Thanks for your help!"Replies
05/19/2013: Kay from Fort Worth, Texas replies: "My husband suffers from Bullous Pemphigoid on occasion. The last outbreak I took him to see his doctor was in the spring 2012. Because there was some deal going on between my drugstore chain and our insurance, I delayed a few days getting his litany of RXs filled. Meanwhile I upped the dosage of coconut oil I was giving him and he suddenly cleared up. There is a warning here in using the coconut oil. You cannot become lax with it because if you do, he will have another outbreak. I don't know if the coconut oil will work as effectively as it does when you catch the Bullous Pemphigoid very early. I did and there was only a small outbreak. Good luck."
Burning Skin Remedies
05/24/2013: Johnny from Watertown, Massachusetts: "My skin feels like sunburned: I have been feeling like my skin is sunburned in certain areas like the shoulders, arms, and thighs. Some days having clothes kind of irritating. Would deeply appreciate some kind relief."Replies
05/25/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "Let's see.... Did you try on new clothes? Get some new fabric softener sheets, new laundry soap? New medicine, tea, food or vitamin? Did you get into an area that was treated with chemicals? Neighbor spray their yard or fertilize? Treat one of your pets for fleas, or bug bomb the house? Spray room freshener, or a new scented candle in the house? When did it start? Just a baseline! Maybe a new pet ? New carpet.... Painted rooms?"
05/26/2013: Courtney from Granite Bay, Ca replies: "It sounds like you might have shingles. Did you have Chicken Pox as a child? If so, you might want to look into shingles as a possibility."
05/30/2013: Kt from The Usa replies: "I agreed with Courtney and wondered if you followed up with a shingles inquiry."
[YEA] 08/06/2012: Buddsk from Saskatoon, Sask, Canada: "I have or I should say did suffer from itchy shins, for years, , somedays it seemed I could have scratched my skin right off. This may sound silly, and I have no explaination as to why it worked but it did. I had used some castor oil to treat a hemorrhoid. I first tried the usuall treatment eg. Prep H to no avail, Then I found out about Castor oil, 5 or 6 days later, gone, I was impressed. One day while scratching my shins I thought, why not try some Castor oil on my shins. I just poured a little straight from the bottel and rubbed it lightly over my skin. WOW one week of treatments and my shins have not itched now for over a year, and I have Never applied any more oil. I just had to pass this along as I suffered from itchy shins for so long and even would wake myself in the middle of the night from scratching my shins I hope this might help someone else. Budd"
[YEA] 05/31/2013: Christin from Westfield, Ny: "My daughter had these bumps on her elbows that kept getting better and now they're virtually gone from applying virgin coconut oil! It's like a miracle cure for practically anything! I have become a believer in coconut oil. Also, I started using it instead of butter so we love it on toast or even a piece of bread, which my daughter loves and it's a great way for her to add the coconut oil in her diet."
[YEA] 09/27/2012: Woundedkarma from East Coast, Usa: "My mother (aged 56), is on diuretics which causes bumps, brusing and bleeding very easily. It usually takes my mom months to heal from these. I had been researching organic coconut oil for a while and had finally decided to try some on her. I had her rub a thin layer of coconut oil on her arms and hands (this is where her wounds were), three times a day. It surprised both of us when it only took four days to clear her skin up! This was a year ago, but she is still averaging four days in the healing process. This beats months of healing time!
I don't even have to remind her to use it. She's so happy about it that as soon as she bumps her arm/hand, causing a bruise or bump, she goes right for the coconut oil. We absolutely love coconut oil now.
For specifics, the coconut oil is: organic, extra-virgin, unrefined, cold-pressed, non-deodorized, non-bleached, made without pesticides, GMOs, or hexane."
06/08/2011: Kevin from Perak, Malaysia: "I've been using Virgin Coconut Oil lately.. Not long ago.. Before starting Virgin Coconut Oil my face has patches of rash which subsided but the build up of dead skin cells were too much! It is because I stop using cleansers a month ago I use only water and moisturise with vco.. Guys can anyone help me?? am I going through the purging state? where all my toxins are purging out?? does Virgin Coconut Oil actually removes dead skin cells?"Replies
06/08/2011: Tj from Mockville, Nc replies: "I have found that baking soda is the best at exfoliating the skin. Put some in your hand and make a paste, use your personal preference on consistancy. Get face wet and gently rub in circular motions. Rinse off throughly. It will burn at first. That means its working. Use once a day till your skin gets used to it. Use a good moisturiser afterwards. I have had major improvements with this."
09/06/2012: Anon from Anon: "Milk thistle makes it less red looking. I have tiny red blood vessels on my nose and cheeks and the milk thistle seems to make my face and hands less red looking. I just take one capsule a day, the bottle says you can take three a day. I have celiac and lupus type symptoms."
02/24/2012: Dan19 from North, England: "Hello, I have some fairly bad discoloration of the skin in the groin area, trying not to be too specific or come across rude.
Can anyone please advise me on remedies / topical treatment that would bring my skin back to its original colour (caucasian). I would be very grateful as it does have an impact on me, as I find it makes the area look unclean and quite ugly which is a knock to my self confidence.
03/06/2012: Kay from Destin, Fl replies: "It's probably a fungal infection known as "jock itch" (some people have discoloration but not much itching); it's the same fungus as athletes foot/ring worm. It usually spreads from the feet (or dirty floors/tubs/showers) to the groin when pulling pants/underwear and dragging it up to the groin area where it grows in the warm moisture of the crotch. Or you catch it during intimate/sexual contact from someone who has it; or you touch/scratch your feet then scratch elsewhere and it spreads. It is VERY common, and infects most Gym locker rooms, public showers, and many athletes (and their floors/showers at home); thus you should always wear "shower shoes" in other peoples showers, and always put your socks on before your underwear/pants always sit on your towel etc. Use bleach to clean your own shower/tub/toilet seat and in your laundry to keep from re-infecting yourself! White & cotton socks and underwear help keep it under control (that's why athletes wear whites! )
Besides the embarassment, it is highly contagious and can easily and quickly spread to other area of the body (yours and your partners) so you must treat it ASAP using fungal sprays, spray powders, ointments for Athletes Foot/Jock Itch available at all drug stores; or getting a stronger RX from your doctor, esp if it covers a large area or you have had it awhile. (BEWARE: it is much more problematic for women, so you do not want to give it to a girl! ) It takes daily treatments for awhile to get rid of; the sprays are very convenient and widely available (Walmart carrys "TING" speay/spray powder which is half the price of the name brands and works better! )! Be sure to treat your feet as well as your groin area or you may reinfect yourself. Many people like the spray/powder during the day, and the ointment at night while sleeping. Good Luck!
Here's the link to the Jock itch page: http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/jock_itch.html
You may want to Google it and look at photos & descriptions for comparison. Best of Luck"
07/04/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "He's in England so he might not have walmart there. Try the pharmacy area at ASDA or Boots for athletes foot/jock itch (tinea) treatments. Look up tinea cruris online either here or Google. Here's an eHow link http://www.ehow.com/way_5200309_cures-tinea-cruris.html . Try not to be embarrassed, it happens, and is more common than you think."
01/15/2012: Kalki from Mumbai, India: "I had a severe flare up of facial dermatitis - unbearable itching, rash, swelling - a few weeks back. I feel it may have been caused by the ACV I was taking at a high dose (2tbsp 3 times daily at that time, for an oncoming cold and chest congestion). May have been a healing crisis, as ACV, 2 tsps over the whole day in water, had helped me earlier. I stopped ACV then and haven't had the guts to start again.
My problem now is that even after 2 months, my face and neck skin is quite dry, and sometimes flaky and very many shades darker. There's a line all around my neck at the base, above which up to my hairline, the skin is dark brown and below it is my light earlier skin colour. (This doesn't correspond to the neckline of my blouses, so it's not a case of tanning) Where I had patches of dermatitis previously, it is even more discoloured and rough textured.
During the flare up, I had desperately applied ACV , directly to my face and neck for a few days, without any easing of symptoms. I tried Virgin coconut oil later but it increased the itching, if I perspired even the slightest bit. Aloe vera juice directly from the leaf was what helped me with the itching skin. In 15 minutes or so. (But it dries out my skin even further, which causes great discomfort and consequent itching too). Could any of these be responsible for the difference in skin tone? Is there anything I can do to reverse this?
I apply moistened powdered oats, honey and kasthuri turmeric as face mask occasionally (I can apply only natural things to my skin). It makes my skin softer but doesn't help clear the awkward discolouration.
Would appreciate any suggestions for moisturising skin with my problems and for restoring original skin tone.
02/07/2012: Ananta from Kerala, India replies: "I have almost the same problem as Kalki. An allergic flare up on the skin with all the associated problems, itching, dryness, swelling etc. For me this came from taking ayurvedic medicine. They said it was a healing crisis and to hang on but the crisis just continued and I stopped the medicine after two months of intense physical difficulty, not to mention emotional ones. I now have patches of discolouration on my face and several parts of my body that lightens and darkens but doesn't go away. They itch too. I'm worse off than when I started. It's been 4 months now and I'm getting desperate. I noticed Kalki hasn't got a reply so far. Is there anybody out there who can help with this embarassing discolouration?"