Home remedies for mole removal can be used in the convenience of your own home and work through the repeated application of a mildly corrosive product such as the juice of certain acidic fruits or more gentle compounds such as castor oil.
Home remedies for mole removal are appropriate for normal moles, which are basically small round or slightly oval areas of high pigment concentration. Home remedies for mole removal are not recommended for any mole that looks suspicious.
If you have a mole that contains a mix of colors (browns, tans, reds, pinks), has uneven borders, which look like they have chips cut out of their borders, or the borders seem to fade into the skin instead of having a crisp and distinct edge, then you should have this mole looked at by your medical doctor or a dermatologist before using any of the home remedies for removing a mole discussed below.
Home Remedies for Mole Removal vs. Surgical Mole Removal Pros and Cons
Home remedies for removing moles are gaining popularity for many reasons. First, they are an effective way to remove a mole from your body or a facial mole without a high price tag attached.
One of the most common medical procedures for removing a mole from your face or body is the shave or cut the mole using an out-patient surgical procedure. With this surgical treatment, the doctor applies a local anesthetic and then cuts the mole at its base. If the mole pigment extends into lower layers of the skin, it will be necessary for the doctor to remove these lower layers as well resulting in a larger wound.
Surgical shaving procedures will remove a mole, but the cost is much more than home remedies for mole removal. The typically range for surgery is from $200 to $400 per mole and most doctors will have the mole analyzed by a lab to evaluate the mole for the presence of cancer cells. This lab analysis can tack on an additional $100 or more.
Because taking off a mole is typically considered a cosmetic surgery, it is rare for surgical mole removal to be covered by insurance, so the expense comes out of your pocket.
Another consideration is the presence of a remaining scar that can occur with surgical removal. If the mole you are having removed is a large mole or has layers of pigment that extend into lower layers of your skin, more tissue will need to be removed along with the mole which could require stitches and result in a noticeable scar.
Home remedies for mole removal come with much less cost and much less risk of scarring. Cost is less because the active ingredient used for home remedies for mole removal are easy to find, with most found in your local grocery store.
I mention that the risk of scarring is less with home remedies for mole removal, yet, because the active ingredient used is typically an acid base, you must monitor the mole as it fades from your skin to prevent a residual scar or darkened area that could remain after the mole is removed. An easy way to lessen the risk is to first apply Vaseline to the healthy skin that surrounds the mole.
One disadvantage of home remedies for mole removal when compared with surgical removal is that the home remedies can take a longer time for the mole to completely fade. This could take up to a couple of months to remove a larger mole.
Ingredients used as Home Remedies for Mole Removal
While the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in the United States will routinely evaluate drugs for treatment of skin conditions such as mole or wart removal, it is not as common for the FDA to approve home remedies for mole removal. Because of this fact, I encourage you to do your own research to the level where you feel comfortable.
What you are basically looking for concerning ingredients for mole removal is a mild acid. This can be found in the juice of different fruits such as a sour apple, pomegranate, pineapple, cauliflower, or onion.
The question you may be asking is, “how do you extract juice from an onion, or these other products.”
This is a valid question and you can typically find these products at a health food store. However, another option would be to use castor oil, which has a mild acidic active ingredient. This is easy to find in a local drug store or with the medications in your local grocery store.
An advantage of castor oil is that the FDA has approved the derivative of castor oil for over-the-counter treatment of common skin disorders and problems. This makes it a somewhat more practical and safe approach compared to other home remedies for mole removal.
Castor oil has many advantages, because of its low molecular mass it can penetrate deep into layers of the skin which may contain the dark pigment of the mole. It also leaves the skin soft and nicely conditioned due to its chemical makeup. This is why castor oil is an ingredient in many shampoos, lipsticks, and lip balms.
Ricinoleic acid in castor oil, which is a main component of the oil, is also said to have an anti-inflammatory effect.
Home Remedies for Mole Removal – The Bottom Line.
Regardless of whether you use an acid from the juice of a fruit or a gentler compound like castor oil, home remedies for mole removal can be effective.
Keep in mind that home remedies for mole removal can take a few weeks to completely fade the mole and repeated applications will be needed. Also, remember to check with your doctor to avoid using any home remedies for mole removal on a mole that looks suspicious.