How To Get Rid of Moles On Your Face
Moles are non-cancerous blemishes and they can appear anywhere on your body, this could be in clusters or they can appear as a single mole in different places. They are often seen on the body and the face and they have different colours such as black and darkish brown. They have different textures which vary from one person to the other. While some moles are rough to the touch, some are smooth when you touch them; others even have hair growing inside of them. They also come in different shapes; while some can be raised others are flat. If you find these blemishes embarrassing, knowing how to get rid of moles on your face will be to your advantage as it will do a lot to improve your self-confidence.
In most cases, moles are quite harmless, but if you have any mole that starts to change its colour and shape and also starts to irritate you, you should have it examined by your medical practitioner. After a thorough examination of your moles, you will be informed if it is a regular mole or a cancerous one.
In medical terms, moles are melanocytic naevi. When you have too much melanocyte on your skin, it can result into moles. Melanocytes are in charge of melanin which gives our skin its colour. Some people don’t mind having moles but others might not like the appearance of the moles on their skin and might seek for ways to get rid of them. This is especially true in a case where the mole appears on their face or places where they can be easily seen by other people.
THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF MOLES
Moles are of different types, even though they might appear to look the same to you when you see them on your skin or on other people’s faces. They are however different and if you inspect them closely, you will find out that they vary in appearance. Below are some types of moles that appear on people’s skin.
Junctional melanocytic naevi: These moles are usually black or have a deep brown colour and they lie flat on your skin.
Dermal melanocytic naevi: These kinds of moles are blue in colour and they protrude from the skin. It might also contain some hair within it
Compound melanocytic naevi: These moles have a light brown colour and it protrudes from the skin. It might also contain some amount of hair inside it.
Atypical or Dyplastic naevi: These moles are often large in appearance and they have an odd shape and come in different shades. It could be in form of a raised bump or flat on the skin.
Congenital Mole: This is the type of mole that people are born with. It can be very small or quite large in appearance. According to doctors, people with this kind of moles are somewhat at a higher risk of skin cancer.
Halo Naevi: This type of mole has a halo that looks like a pale circular ring around it. The skin around this kind of mole loses all pigments that surround the edge of the mole.
METHODS OF REMOVING MOLES
If you want your moles removed, this is possible by using several means. You can remove your moles using the following means
- Through the use of home remedies
- Through the use of mole removal creams
- Through surgical procedures that are carried out by a qualified medical practitioner.
REMOVING MOLES THROUGH THE USE OF HOME REMEDIES
The following are home remedies you can use to help with the removal of moles on your face and other parts of your body.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV): It has natural acidic properties that slowly burn the moles when it is applied on it. It eventually causes the mole to fall off and it protects the area around the mole from getting infected because of its anti-bacterial properties.
- Wash the mole with warm water until it is soft to the touch.
- Then get a ball of cotton wool and dip it in the ACV.
- Apply it on the mole and let it stay for 10-20 minutes.
- Wash the area off with water and dry it with a clean towel.
- Repeat the process about 4 times daily in a week. The mole will eventually become black and turn into a scab. The scab will fall off in due course and your skin will be free of the mole.
Garlic: Natural enzymes are contained in garlic which is capable of breaking down pigments that forms moles. Garlic is capable of breaking down moles at a very fast rate.
- Mash a clove of garlic until it becomes paste.
- Apply petroleum jelly or oil on the area around the mole to protect it from the garlic because it can burn the skin.
- Leave the garlic paste on it overnight and wash off in the morning.
- Repeat the process for about 5 days till the mole falls off.
Baking soda and castor oil: The mixture of baking soda and castor oil is highly effective for the removal of moles and other skin abnormalities. There is also a high probability that there will be no scar left after the removal of the mole because of the castor oil.
- Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with four drops of castor oil and apply it to the mole before going to bed at night.
- Put bandage or gauze and medical tape to protect the area
- Remove the coverings and wash off the area and dry it with a clean towel
- Continue the process for a month until the mole falls off
Iodine: For people that have sensitive skin, iodine is a good alternative for getting rid of moles. It can trigger the death of the cells; therefore it is good for the elimination of moles.
- Wash the mole with warm water until it is soft.
- Put a drop of iodine directly on the mole
- Repeat the process three times daily
- Continue the process until the mole falls off
Tea tree oil: This is an effective treatment for moles and there is some scientific evidence that supports its use.
- Apply a drop of tea tree oil on the mole and rub it on the mole
- Protect the mole with gauze and medical tape and remove after an hour
- Wash off the area and dry it with a towel
- Continue the process two times a day for a month
Pineapple: There are a lot of enzymes in pineapple which are capable of breaking down moles on the skin. Mixing the pineapple with sea salt makes it doubly effective in removing the mole as it can break down the pigments that make the mole stick together effectively.
- Mix pineapple juice and sea salt together
- Apply it on the mole and leave it for some hours or leave it overnight
Banana peels: A lot of enzymes are contained in banana peels making it an effective treatment for removing moles on the skin.
- Cut a piece of banana peel and place the inside against the mole with the yellow part facing outside.
- Secure it with a bandage and leave for an hour or overnight.
- Remove and rinse off the area, then dry it with a towel
- Repeat the process until the mole drops off
Onion juice: The juice of onion has acidic properties and this makes it very effective for removing moles from the skin. It is also good for evening out the skin tone.
- Blend some fresh onions and sieve it to get the juice
- Apply the juice on the mole for about an hour
- Wash off with water and dry it with a towel
- Repeat the process three times daily for a month
Aloe Vera: This plant is good for people that have sensitive skins for the removal of moles from their face because it doesn’t have acidic properties in it.
- Squeeze out the gel from fresh Aloe Vera and apply it directly to the mole
- Let the gel stay for about 4 hours before washing it off
- Repeat the process about three times daily and keep doing it till the mole falls off
Honey: The healing properties and anti-bacterial properties contained in honey makes it effective for getting rid of moles from the skin. Mixing it with a little flaxseed oil will make it more effective when used on moles.
- Mix your honey with a little amount of flaxseed oil
- Apply the mixture on the mole and leave for some hours.
- Rinse off the honey and dry with a clean towel
- Repeat this process three times daily until you get rid of the mole
Frankincense essential oil: This works the way an astringent would. Regular application will make the mole to fall off.
- Mix the frankincense essential oil with olive oil and apply it on the mole
- Leave it for some hours or leave it overnight
- Repeat the process 3 times daily for a week
MOLE REMOVAL CREAMS
Mole removal creams are creams that contain a lot of the natural ingredients that are used for mole removal at home. These can be got online or from local pharmacies around you. Before you use a mole removal cream, make sure you consult your doctor first. This is because mole removal creams can be dangerous to use and they might end up putting deep pockets on your skin.
These creams go beyond removing the moles and go further to dig the skin under it. This causes damage to the skin and the scar that is left behind is even more than what you will get if you go for a surgical operation.
In addition to this, applying mole removal creams will not address the issue if a mole is cancerous or not. Applying the cream on a cancerous mole can be very risky because it will only get rid of the mole while the cancerous cells will still be beneath the skin. Thus can delay the diagnosis of the cancer and it can make it get to the advanced stage before you eventually find out.
MOLE REMOVAL BY SURGICAL PROCEDURE
After using natural home remedies and your mole does not go off, you might want to go for surgery to get it removed. Visit a doctor so that he can determine what needs to be done. He will assess the mole and determine and if it is the indication of something that is more serious. A decision will then be made on what method to use to remove the moles as there are different methods of removing moles.
Laser treatment: This method is good for removing moles that are flat and brown or black in colour. Even though cosmetologists offer this service, your best bet is to go to a dermatologist to get the mole removed safely. This is necessary to avoid getting a scar if it is done by someone that is not well qualified.
Burning: This process involves burning off individual layers of mole using a heated wire. It is a very painful process particularly if the anaesthetics wear off. There is always minimal bleeding involved in this process because of the extreme heat that is involved in the process.
Surgical shave: This surgical process is carried out on moles that are benign and have a well-defined stalk. This process doesn’t leave any scar if it is carried out properly.
Surgical excision: This is a minor operation where the whole mole is taken off the skin, including the one underneath the skin. This surgical process is carried out particularly if your doctor suspects that the mole is a symptom indicating skin cancer. No matter how skilled your dermatologist is, this procedure always leaves a little scar behind.
Freezing: Your mole can be frozen by the dermatologist with the help of liquid nitrogen. Once applied to the mole, it can be broken off easily with little amount of bleeding. A blister forms afterwards and this will heal in a short while. Freezing also does not leave long term scars behind as well.