Last Modified on Oct 15, 2014
While you are probably used to seeing moles in various places on your skin, you may be slightly skeptical of or even concerned about a “mole” that appears red in color. While a cherry angioma may appear more daunting than a mole, these benign growths are actually cause for little concern aside from cosmetic. If you do desire to remove a cherry angioma, though, you typically can do so using natural products like iodine, apple cider vinegar, and tea tree oil.
What Is a Cherry Angioma?
The National Institute of Health defines a cherry angioma as a noncancerous or benign growth on your skin that is made up of blood vessels. The growths generally appear bright cherry-red, hence the name, and are small from the size of a pinhead to about ¼ inch. Likewise, an angioma may be smooth or stick out from the skin. While the actual cause of these skin growths is unknown, research suggests that they are genetic.
Can You Remove Cherry Angiomas without Going to the Doctor?
In most cases, cherry angiomas cause little actual health concern. You likely won’t experience any pain or discomfort caused by the growth, and they are generally benign, which is why you can typically treat an angioma at home. However, if you do experience pain, excessive bleeding, or a change in the appearance of your angioma, you should consult a doctor. Otherwise, you can use natural remedies, like iodine, apple cider vinegar, and tea tree oil to remove the growth.
According to research, iodine deficiency is one of the biggest contributors to skin conditions, including cherry angiomas. So, if you have one of these growths, we suggest upping your daily consumption of iodine. This nutrient helps rid your body of toxins as well as promotes the effective function of cells throughout your body. Begin an iodine regimen by taking 50mg by mouth per day. You can also apply the iodine to the skin tag itself
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a natural substance derived from fermented apples. The fermenting process yields a high concentration of acetic acid in the vinegar, which has many healing properties. When you apply ACV to a cherry angioma, it shrinks the growth and eventually eliminates it completely. To apply the treatment, simply hold an apple cider vinegar soaked cotton ball over the growth for 20 to 30 minutes a day. The angioma will likely change color and eventually fall off.
3. Tea Tree Oil
Research has identified tea tree oil as an effective antibacterial agent. This oil is relatively powerful, so it also can “dry out” and eliminate angiomas. To do so, combine 1 tablespoon of tea tree oil with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and apply the mixture to the growth. Allow the mixture to dry and reapply it at least once a day until the angioma has disappeared.
Try one of these treatment options or keep reading below for more natural cures for cherry angiomas from our readers!
Cherry Angioma - http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001441.htm
[YEA] Cherry Angioma:
I'm amazed - the ACV actually works. I've had a red bump on my chin for years which I hated and been thinking about getting rid of it with laser. But then I read about using ACV and thought I may as well try - was a bit skeptical because I thought I would've heard about it before. I pricked it slightly with a pin and held an ACV soaked cotton ball on top on and off for like half a day. It turned white, then dark red (thought it didn't work), then black. In the evening it was just a small black scab, and not raised anymore. This was Sunday - on Tuesday evening the scab started peeling slightly and I know I should've left it but I was too impatient and peeled it off. It didn't bleed, and the area is red and irritated but there's no sign of a bump anymore. At least for now, it seems to have worked! It looks bad now because I must have held the ACV on top of normal skin too and that left some "burns", but that will go away soon enough. Remains to be seen if the effect lasts, but for now - wow!
[YEA] I had a big break out of cherry angiomas over this past year, and then when I became pregnant I broke out in hundreds (if not thousands! ) I researched remedies and decided to try the apple cider vinegar.
So day by day, I would take a clean pin and prick the surface of the skin open. Then pour ACV over them with a clear make up pad. Many of them dried up! The larger ones however never did... but considering how many I had I am happy I got the ones that were visible on my arms off.
It did take about two weeks of doing it daily to see them disappear.
[YEA] I have a tendency to develop cherry angiomas during pregnancy. I had one surgically removed years ago & have a horrible scar as a result. My latest small cherry angioma was on my inner thigh. It was raised up off my skin almost like a skin tag & got aggravated every time it got bumped. I was always worried it would bleed a lot. I read somewhere that cherry angiomas are like red moles that can be tied into blood vessels. Mine clearly appeared to be part of a blood vessel. I decided to try apple cider vinegar since it has been a miracle in removing moles for me. It took about 2 weeks of constantly being soaked in ACV but it finally turned black & fell off! Yeah! It was quite painful but no more so than the pain I suffered whenever it got irritated. I wasn't sure what to expect but it worked like a champ. The skin underneath is still red but if it heals like my moles have in the past, it will be virtually undetectable in a matter of a couple of months. I hope this helps!
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