Although some home remedies may help remove moles, they are not proven to work, especially overnight. They may also cause skin damage and irritation
Moles are common skin growths caused by the clustering of melanocytes, which contain melanin-producing cells responsible for skin color. Moles initially appear as skin abrasions, and turn brown or black over time due to sun exposure.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, most people have about 10-40 moles on their bodies. Moles are typically harmless. However, in rare cases they can be cancerous if not diagnosed and removed.
Although the following home remedies may help remove moles, they are not proven to work, especially overnight. And it’s important to remember that trying to get rid of moles at home comes with a risk of skin damage, irritation, rashes, and scarring.
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When should I worry about a mole?
Any differences in the color, size, or shape of a mole may be a warning sign of skin cancer. A mole that suddenly starts itching, develops a reddish border, or bleeds must be investigated. Your dermatologist will evaluate the mole to determine whether it should be removed.
Your doctor will use the ABCDE guide to assess your mole:
- Asymmetry: Irregular in shape
- Border: Irregular borders
- Color: Uneven color
- Diameter: Large in size
- Evolving: Has changed or grown recently
How are moles professionally removed?
- Surgical removal or shaving: Uses a scalpel to cut off the mole. The wound is cauterized or covered in an antibiotic cream or solution to stop the bleeding and prevent infection.
- Excision: Used for flat moles that are deep within the skin. The mole and surrounding skin are sterilized and numbed, a scalpel is used to cut out the mole, and the wound is then stitched.
- Cryosurgery: Uses liquid nitrogen to freeze and destroy the mole using a cotton swab or spray that causes a blister to form on the skin. Once the skin heals, it should return to normal.
- Electrocoagulation: Burns the mole by shocking it with an electric current.
- Laser: Quick and painless technique that works the same way as burning the mole tissue.
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Medically Reviewed on 1/3/2022
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