6 Facts About Mole Removal

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Moles are common

Moles are growths on the skin. They are usually brown or black and can appear individually or in groups. Moles normally appear on the skin before the age of 30.

Moles can change

Moles can change through the years; they can change colors or become raised. Also, hairs can develop on moles. Almost everyone has at least one mole. They normally are benign or harmless and usually don’t require any treatment.

Pay attention to certain changes

While moles do not often become cancerous, you should be aware of any changes and talk to your dermatologist if you notice any of the following: change in size, especially if it seems to be spreading, change in the border, especially if the edges become irregular, change in shape, change in color or different shades of color appearing in the same mole, or crusting, bleeding or itching.

Medical removal is one option

If your doctor believes your mole should be removed, he or she will do so through excision, which is cutting out the mole. For large moles, your doctor may first take a small part of the mole and send it for further testing. While signs of cancer are the main reason for mole removal, some people do choose to have moles removed for cosmetic reasons.

OTC products should be used with caution

There are a number of products available over-the-counter for mole removal. These should be used with caution and only after you talk with a dermatologist to make sure it is safe to remove the mole. Some of these products require you to scratch the surface of the mole using a needle or nail file so the medication can be absorbed into the mole. Some of these also contain ingredients that can burn the skin.

Natural remedies can remove moles

Ingredients commonly found in your kitchen can be used as a home remedy for moles. Cider vinegar, grapefruit and castor oil are some of the products people have used. These methods are safe and probably won’t cause any long-term problems, but most must be used over a period of weeks or months before the mole disappears.