You may have noticed a small red mole pop up, and it’s left you wondering what it is and if you should be concerned. Most likely it is a cherry angioma, a benign skin growth that is fairly common and does not lead to long-term health problems. While there are several conventional treatments for removing and treating cherry angiomas, many natural remedies are available that help reduce their appearance.
What Are Cherry Angiomas?
Common skin growths that look like very small red moles on different parts of your body may be cherry angiomas. Most common in people over 30 years old, cherry angiomas are distinct from other growths by their bright red appearance. This is due to the grouping of tiny blood vessels that form this skin abnormality. As these blood vessels grow together, they bulge under the skin’s surface and cause skin cells to grow rapidly, forming a circular bump with a raised or smooth surface. With a diameter less than a fourth of an inch, cherry angiomas can appear on your chest, stomach, shoulders, legs, and arms. You should not be concerned if you notice one or more of these growths appear on your body, but be cautious if they ever begin to change in color, shape, or size, or begin to bleed or become rough and scaly.
What Causes Cherry Angiomas?
It is not known what leads to the development of cherry angiomas, but genes may play a role since they do appear to run in families. Other factors that increase your proclivity for cherry angiomas include ongoing medical conditions, environmental toxins, chemical exposure, and pregnancy. It has also been determined that the older you get, the bigger the chance one or more angiomas will appear on your body. Seventy five percent of people over 75 years old have at least one angioma. This is often due to the fact that the walls of blood vessels and capillaries are weaker as we age and after grouping become more pronounced under the skin.
7 Natural Remedies for Treating Cherry Angiomas
Unless you are not happy with the appearance or location of cherry angiomas, you do not need to seek treatment or medical attention for these skin growths. However, once one develops, it will not disappear without intervention. If you are interested in lessening the color and treating cherry angiomas naturally, there are several methods for removing them at home.
1. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a great addition to your natural remedy arsenal as it helps treat a long list of ailments. With antibacterial superpowers, tea tree oil can help treat rashes, lessen irritated skin, clear pimples, and help with areas that are discolored. You can make your own homemade concoction to remove your cherry angioma. Mix 2 parts olive or coconut oil with 1 part tea tree oil in a glass container. Every day, apply a small amount directly to the cherry angioma.
2. Chamomile Oil
Used in some commercial angioma products, chamomile oil can be combined with a carrier oil and applied directly to the angioma. Make a mixture of coconut oil (1 teaspoon) and 5 to 10 drops of chamomile oil and apply on the affected area a couple of times a day. This treatment can be used safely on sensitive skin regions like the face and scalp.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another great home remedy with a multitude of uses. For cherry angioma treatment, dip a cotton ball in the vinegar and apply to the angioma for 30 minutes. You can use a band aid or surgical tape to hold it in place. Repeat this process every day and you should soon see signs of it working to remove your cherry angioma.
You may notice iodine in the ingredient list of many of your skin and hair products. That’s because iodine can be very effective at clearing blemishes and removing moles and angiomas. To prevent skin staining, begin by surrounding the mole with petroleum jelly, then apply one drop of 5% iodine solution on the angioma and cover with a bandaid over night. Repeat every evening for a few weeks until you notice the angioma disappearing.
5. Pascalite Clay
Found in Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains in the 1930s, Pascalite clay is a calcium bentonite white clay chock-full of various minerals. This clay is a detoxifying agent and can be used for alleviating acne, insect bites, and other skin conditions. It can be found in powder form or in a premade paste. Either mix a small amount of powder with water or use the paste to apply a small amount directly to your angioma and let dry. Repeat once a day.
6. Castor Oil
Created when the seeds of the castor oil plant are pressed, castor oil has been used for a wide range of ailments from digestive issues to skin imperfections. Stocked with beneficial fatty acids, castor oil can help treat your angioma. Using a cotton ball, apply a good amount of castor oil to the surface and tape the soaked cotton directly to the mole. Leave it on all day or overnight and then re-apply a fresh cotton ball every day for a week.
7. Dandelion Root
You may think of a pesky yellow weed, but the resin found within the root of a dandelion has been used in many natural remedies, particularly for soothing skin. Either found at your local health food store, or even your backyard, the liquid from inside the dandelion root can be applied directly to your cherry angioma two to three times every day. You should see the surface of the mole start to change and eventually disappear.
When to See a Doctor
A dermatologist can remove a cherry angioma with various surgical procedures including freezing, shaving, electric current, or laser. If you ever notice any of the spots begin to change shape or color, or the border start to raise, a visit to your doctor is in order. Changing color and texture of a cherry angioma sometimes indicates a more serious issue caused by UV damage, and skin cancer should be ruled out.