How to Remove Moles: Safe Home Remedies
How to Remove Moles Quickly
Most moles are not dangerous, but they can be unsightly and make you feel self-conscious. They are pigmented cells on the skin that can appear in clusters or alone. Moles can be tan, dark brown, black, or even have a yellow tint or are skin colored.Whether you're willing to go down the surgical route, or prefer to treat your mole at home, most moles are relatively easy to remove. The best option is to see a doctor for safe, effective mole removal. If you're eager to get rid of an unwanted mole as quickly as possible, here are some practical steps you can take.
Using Surgical Treatments
Consult your doctor or dermatologist.You should have your mole examined by a doctor or dermatologist before you get it removed. They will be able to tell you whether your mole is malignant. They will also discuss what mole removal method is best for you.
- The vast majority of moles are benign. However, symptoms including itchiness, bleeding and changes in size or color may indicate that the mole is malignant.
- If a mole is malignant, it should be removed as soon as possible.
- If your mole is not dangerous, it may not be necessary to have it removed. However, many people prefer to have their moles removed for aesthetic reasons.
- Your doctor will use the ABCDE guide to assess your mole. This stands for Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter, and Evolving.
Weigh up your options.There are several methods of removing moles and you should carefully consider which method is best for you. You will need to think about:
- Effectiveness.Consider how effective each treatment is supposed to be. Will your chosen procedure remove the mole completely? Is there a risk that it could grow back?
- Cost.Different procedures will vary in terms of price, so think about what you can afford.
- Risk.What are the risks associated with each procedure? Can the mole become infected? Is there a risk of scarring or nerve damage? Will you need to be put under anesthetic?
Consider removal using shaving.This type of removal works best for surface level moles. The mole is shaved off with a scalpel.
- First, the surgeon will cut the mole away, so it no longer forms a bump on the skin.
- With this type of removal, stitches are unnecessary. The wound will be cauterized or covered in a cream or solution to stop the bleeding. Then a topical antibiotic will be applied.
- The wound will be bandaged up and you'll be free to leave the office in a matter of minutes.
Consider removal using an excision followed by stitches.This type of removal works best for moles that are darker in color or flat moles that penetrate deep within the skin.
- First, the mole and surrounding skin will be sterilized and numbed.
- Then, the surgeon uses a scalpel to cut out the mole. How deep of an incision needs to be made will depend on the size of the mole and whether or not it's malign. A wider area is usually cut away when the mole is malign, to ensure it is removed completely.
- The wound is then stitched closed. Some types of stitches require a follow-up appointment to be removed, while others will dissolve on their own.
Consider removal using cryosurgery, or freezing.This is an alternate mole removal method which uses liquid nitrogen to freeze and destroy the mole. It is only offered by certain clinics. Also, keep in mind that cryotherapy freezes the tissue, so there would not be any tissue available to send a lab for testing and you would not be able to find out if the mole is cancerous.
- The liquid nitrogen can be applied to the mole directly using a cotton swab, or may be applied in the form of a spray.
- The liquid nitrogen may need to be applied several times to completely get rid of the mole. It will cause a blister to form on the skin, but once this heals, the skin should return to normal.
Consider removal using electrocoagulation, or burning.Electrocoagulation burns the mole by shocking it with an electric current. This destroys the mole's tissue after several sessions. There is no need for stitches with this method, as the heat from the electricity cauterizes the wound. With this procedure, there would also be no tissue to send to a lab for cancer testing.
- Two other specialized mole removal methods offered by some clinics are radiosurgery, which uses radio frequency waves rather than electricity, and laser treatments. Both of these work on the same idea of burning the mole tissue away.
Ask your doctor about electrosurgery.Electrosurgery may be a good option to discuss with your doctor. Using electrosurgery for mole removal can reduce any bleeding that may occur, and this in turn will reduce the risk of complications, promote rapid wound healing, and result in minimal scarring.
Using Home Remedies
Apply aloe vera.Aloe vera may be useful as a remedy for skin conditions, such as psoriasis, cold sores, burns, and frostbite.Applying aloe vera to your mole daily may help to get rid of it. To use aloe vera for mole removal, apply a generous amount of aloe vera to your mole, and then cover the mole with a clean cotton bandage. Leave the bandage on for three hours, and then remove it and wash away the aloe. Do this every day for three weeks and you may see results.
Test out apple cider vinegar.Apple cider vinegar - a miracle ingredient used in countless home remedies - is one of the most common treatments for mole removal. The acids contained in the vinegar, such as malic and tartaric acid, actually work to dissolve the mole, completely removing it from the skin. Simply swab a little onto clean skin everyday using a q-tip.
Know that garlic might be effective.Garlic is another multi-purpose remedy, which many claim as an effective treatment for mole removal. Simply crush some fresh garlic into a paste and carefully apply directly to the mole, making sure to avoid the surrounding skin (garlic can burn). Cover with a bandage and leave for a few hours or overnight. This method has been said to work in as little as five days.
Use iodine.Iodine is a good option for people with more sensitive skin, as it won't burn like garlic or apple cider vinegar. Apply the iodine directly to the mole using a q-tip, up to three times a day. Continue to do this every day, until you see a noticeable improvement in the mole's appearance.
Try sour apple juice.Juice a couple of sour cooking apples and apply a little juice directly to the mole. Like the apple cider vinegar, the acids in the juice will work to dissolve the mole, though it may be at least three weeks before you start to notice any improvements in the mole's appearance.
Prep with pineapple and sea salt.Pineapple juice can be applied directly to the mole, but you should also try blending half a cup of fresh pineapple and a quarter cup of coarse sea salt to make a fantastic facial scrub. This may help to remove the top layers of skin from the mole.
Test out castor oil and baking soda.Combine one tablespoon of baking soda and two tablespoons of castor oil make a paste. Apply a little directly to your mole and leave for several hours or overnight, before washing off.
Try using honey.Honey is well-known as a delicious edible treat, but did you know it also boasts impressive anti-bacterial and healing properties? Dab a little honey directly onto the mole for a safe, natural treatment. Add in a drop of soothing, softening flaxseed oil too, if you like.
Use home remedies responsibly.There are numerous home remedies designed to get rid of moles using natural ingredients. Though there is little science to back up some of the treatments, many people will attest to their effectiveness. Just be careful when using acidic natural juices, which have the potential to burn the skin. To use home remedies safely but effectively, apply the natural juices at least once and a maximum of three times a day.
- If you have very sensitive skin, only let the juices sit on your skin for 10 to 15 minutes, to prevent it from becoming irritated.
- Try applying a little petroleum jelly to the skin around the mole. This will prevent it from becoming unnecessarily irritated by the mole treatments.
- The length of time it takes for a mole to lighten or disappear will differ from one person to another.
- Be aware that home remedies are not likely to work as quickly or be as effective as surgical removal or stronger medical creams, but are a good option if you are looking for either a cost-free solution or a natural remedy.
Using Medicated Creams
Try using mole removal cream.Mole removal creams are an affordable and fairly effective method of removing moles at home.
- Most creams work by lightening the mole until it is no longer visible, which can happen in a matter of weeks.
- Stronger, over-the-counter creams focus on peeling the skin away layer by layer until the mole is removed.
- Keep in mind that mole removal creams can actually leave worse scars than surgical removal.
Try out whitening cream.A general-use whitening cream can also be effective at reducing the appearance of moles, but it will no actually remove the mole. A whitening cream will lighten the color of your mole, making it less obvious.
QuestionHow can I remove a flat mole?
Registered NurseRegistered NurseExpert AnswerAny mole, including a flat mole, on the face should be looked at by your dermatologist. Home remedies are unverified, may take several weeks, and may cause more scarring than a procedure done by a medical professional. Treating moles at home on your face can be difficult without leaving scars behind.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I remove a nose mole?
Registered NurseRegistered NurseExpert AnswerTreating moles on your face can be difficult since some procedures can leave a scar behind. Professional medical procedures are the safest and surest methods to try if you want the mole gone for good with less scarring.Thanks!
QuestionI cut the skin surrounding my mole by accident while trying to remove a mole. How can I help the area heal quickly?
Registered NurseRegistered NurseExpert AnswerThis is a common mistake that happens when attempting to remove a mole at home. To ensure the wound does not get an infection, keep the area clean, apply over the counter antibiotic ointment, and a bandage. Change the bandage at least once a day and watch for signs of infection. An appointment with your doctor may be necessary to evaluate the area.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I completely remove a mole?
Registered NurseRegistered NurseExpert AnswerFor non-cancerous, or benign moles, home remedies are an available option for mole removal; however, they are unverified and may ineffectively remove the mole. Your doctor can go through the different options with you and you can decide what the best route is for you.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I do about deep moles?
Registered NurseRegistered NurseExpert AnswerDeep moles need evaluated by a dermatologist to determine the best method for removal.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I get rid of moles on my face?
Registered NurseRegistered NurseExpert AnswerMoles are common on the face, especially because the face is exposed to the sunlight frequently. Treating moles on your face can be difficult without leaving scars behind. Home remedies are unverified and may cause more scarring than a procedure done by a medical professional.Thanks!
QuestionHow long would it take for Vaseline to remove a mole?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerA little while. It depends on how many times you put it on daily. Apple cider vinegar works faster. Vaseline works just as well, it just takes longer.Thanks!
QuestionWill mole removal work on a mole that is on a nose or forehead?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes! Apple Cider Vinegar works amazing.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I keep my mole from returning?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can prevent moles by either staying out of the sun or applying sun block with at least an SPF 15. Even in the winter when you can't see the sun.Thanks!
QuestionMy moles do not stick out, but are just dots of brown color on my face. How can I remove the brown spots from my face naturally?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerMix a small amount of baking soda with castor oil into a translucent paste, apply it onto the flat mole with a cotton swab, and leave it there overnight or for a few hours. After repeating this process a few times, the mole will noticeably lighten in color. This method works to lighten the mole until it becomes faint or disappears. I personally have been doing this on multiple flat moles, so I speak from experience. Before trying any of these methods, make sure the mole you wish to get rid of is benign.Thanks!
Is the band aid required following application of aloe?
If I use garlic paste on my mole, how long will it take to remove the mole?
How can I remove small black moles on my face?
Would Petroleum jelly work to get rid of a mole?
My mole looks like a dark mark and is flat. How do I remove it?
- Be aware of your body and any moles that have changed over time. This is especially true for moles that are dark or flat. See your doctor if you are concerned about a mole.
- Always wear sunscreen when you are outdoors. This helps to prevent cancerous moles from developing.
- If you are treating your mole at home, be aware that some natural treatments, like apple cider vinegar and garlic, can burn the skin and cause scarring. Apply petroleum jelly to the surrounding area to help prevent burns.
- Many people will attempt to remove moles for cosmetic reasons, not realizing that each and every removal may result in a scar. Many times your surgeon can give you an idea of the type and location of a scar after mole removal before you make your decision about removal.
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