How to Get Rid of Moles on the Face
Most moles, especially those which you were born with, also called congenital moles, are not a threat to your health. Acquired moles, are those moles which appear after birth, and may also be referred to as common moles.
Most of these moles are harmless, although they might bother a person for cosmetic reasons. If so there are a number of different home remedies people have suggested trying to use to help lighten the appearance of the moles.
There are also a number of medical procedures which should only be performed by a licensed physician in order to remove moles.
As already mentioned, there are congenital moles and acquired moles. Both of which are usually harmless. However, there are some moles which are potentially skin cancer, and require a doctor to evaluate them.
These moles are typically asymmetrical in their shape or color. In other words the shape or color, or both, of one side of the mole does not match the other side. In addition, harmful moles are typically have edges, or borders, to them which are uneven. Thirdly, suspicious moles are larger in size than harmless moles.
If your mole is more than a quarter inch or 1.25 cm in diameter, you should have it evaluated by a physician. Lastly, atypical moles commonly have changes which can be visibly seen in their color, size, or shape. This change is usually rapidly seen over the course of a few weeks or months.
If your mole meets these criteria, do not attempt to treat it on your own. Instead contact your general physician and they can refer you to a dermatologist to evaluate it to make sure they are not cancerous.
Using Garlic to Lighten the Mole
- One home remedy to help lighten the appearance of a mole is to crush a clove of garlic into a paste. Then take the paste and apply it to the mole. Cover it with a bandage and let it sit in place overnight. In the morning, remove the bandage and any garlic that may be left behind with warm water.
- Another option is to take a small slice of raw garlic and apply it to the mole. Cover it with a bandage overnight before removing it and washing with warm water. Either of these should be done nightly for a week or until the appearance of the mole has reduced.
Treat a Mole with Juice
- Another home remedy for treating moles is to use the juice of different foods. You can take an onion, grate it, and squeeze the juice out of it. Then wash the juice off about a half hour after you have applied it. This can be done two to four times a day for a week up to a month, until you notice the appearance of the mole has diminished.
- Another juice you can try is sour apple juice. This can be applied to the skin three times a day for up to three weeks time. Lastly, you can try to use pineapple juice to help reduce the appearance of your mole. Simply apply fresh pineapple juice to the area before bed. This can be done nightly for two weeks.
Apple Cider Vinegar
- No list of home remedies would be complete without mentioning the use of apple cider vinegar. The reason apple cider vinegar is believed to work is because it is an acid. To do this, you will wash your face for fifteen to twenty minutes to soften the skin. Then take a cotton call and soak it with apple cider vinegar. Apply it to the area for fifteen minutes. Then wash your face with warm water and pat dry.
- This should be done four times a day for a week before you notice what appears to be a scab starting to form on the area the mole is located. This is because the acid kills the cells. When it heals there will be a small scar under the scab, but it will be significantly lighter in color than the mole was before.
Using Aloe Vera Gel
- Aloe gel comes from the aloe plant. You can buy aloe gel but the plant is actually better for this purpose as it does not have any other chemicals added to it and can work more readily than those which contain other inactive ingredients. Apply the gel to the mole using a cotton swab. Then cover it with a bandage overnight. In the morning remove the bandage and wash the area with warm water.
- This should be done nightly for a few weeks until you see the mole improve in appearance. A benefit of using aloe is that it also helps to soothe the skin and is not as harsh as other remedies that use an acid to remove or lighten the appearance of the mole. It also is not known to cause a reaction for most skin types, unless the person is allergic to aloe vera.
Using Iodine to Remove a Mole
- Another home remedy is to use iodine to reduce the appearance of a mole. It is thought that iodine interacts with the cells that make up the mole and kills them. Simply apply a little bit of iodine to the area using a cotton swab, then covering it with a bandage. Leave it on overnight, and wash any remaining residue off in the morning.
- After a few days you should begin to see some improvement in the appearance of the mole. Be extra careful with iodine as it has a dark color and can stain clothing or your counter top.
Burn it Off with Acid
- There are some over the counter products that contain salicylic acid that can be used to burn the mole with. Each one is unique and is based on the strength as to how it is applied. Make sure you read the package directions and follow them exactly to prevent harming the skin around the area.
- You should also speak with your doctor or dermatologist about this option, as they may be able to recommend specific products, or prescription products that will work best for the type of mole you have.
- It is recommended not to use these on a mole on your face unless a doctor specifically recommends it as using the product incorrectly can result in scarring or damaging the skin around the mole.
Cutting Off a Mole
- A common way of removing a mole is for it to be cut off from the skin. This should only be done by a medical professional. If in an area, like the face, where potential scarring may be bothersome, it is best to allow a dermatologist to remove the mole instead of a general physician. To complete this procedure, the doctor will use a local anesthetic to numb the area.
- If the mole is above the skin it will be cut off using a sharp instrument and then bandaged. If however, the mole is deeper into the skin, the mole will need to be excised from the skin, which will require stitches to close the area before bandaging it. Usually, even if the mole is suspected to be harmless, the mole is then sent to the lab to be analyzed.
Freezing Off the Mole
- Another medical intervention is to freeze off the mole using liquid nitrogen. This procedure is usually left to a dermatologist to complete. They apply an amount of liquid nitrogen directly to the area of the mole. The severe cold freezes and kills off the cells that make up the mole. There is oftentimes a small blister like sore left behind after the procedure. Once it heals, which may take a few days to weeks depending on the size, there may be a small scar that is left behind.
- However, the scar from this procedure is usually lighter in color, and not as likely to be as noticeable as the mole was originally. Because the mole is not cut off, there is nothing to send to the lab to test. Moles which a doctor suspects may be cancerous will usually not use this procedure as a result.
Using a Laser to Remove the Mole
- Some dermatologist opt to use a laser to “burn” the mole instead of cutting it or freezing it off. In this procedure a laser is used to remove surface moles. As it comes into contact with the mole, like freezing does it kills off the cells within the mole. A blister like sore may remain afterwards, which will heal over time. It might also leave a small scar, but it is usually minimal and less noticeable.
- Similar to this procedure is the use of electrosurgery. In this process a doctor cuts the mole open and uses a needle to send an electric current into the mole. It heats up the cells and kills them. It too can leave scarring, but is so minimal that it is highly recommended for use on the face.