It’s not all that difficult to remove your moles at home using one or other of the many over the counter mole removal creams. But for many people, mole removal without scarring is the real issue.
Moles are bad enough, but swapping a small ugly mole for a large ugly scar is not much of a deal either. Unfortunately this problem arises from time to time when over the counter mole creams and other home remedies are used to remove moles.
Because different people have different skin, and some are more sensitive and prone to scarring than others, there can be no 100% guarantee that scarring will not follow the removal of a mole.
But here are five tips that will greatly improve the likelihood of mole removal without scarring, and minimise the degree of scarring if any problems arise.
As always, have your moles checked by a competent medical practitioner before attempting to remove them yourself. Unusual moles, precancerous moles and the highly dangerous mole look-alikes, melanomas, should always be treated by a specialist. But most moles are normal, and can safely be removed at home.
So let’s get on with it.
Most home mole removal treatments use a cream or paste, usually contained in a mole removal product bought over the counter or through the internet. Most of these treatments are based on caustic plant material, which works by burning or dissolving the mole away in the same way that a powerful acid would. These treatments also work on warts and skin tags.
It sounds a bit frightening, and it is true that some short term stinging is likely. But when applied properly, most of these treatments do result in the permanent disappearance of the mole.
It is also true that if you follow the instructions you will usually avoid any chance of scarring. But sometimes the instructions aren’t as clear as they might be.
But that’s OK, because For the vast majority of people, scarring can be avoided by using these five simple tips.
Be Rough With Your Mole
You want the cream to remove your mole, and that’s all. So give the cream every chance to work fast and effectively by roughening the surface of your mole with an emory board – the sort of thing you might use to smooth your finger nails. Don’t overdo it – just rough, not bleeding is enough.
Then lightly scrape the surface of a mole with a needle. Again, don’t go too deep – neither of these pre-treatments should cause any pain.
Protect Your Good Skin
Just smooth on a little vaseline around the mole. Make sure none goes on the mole itself
The Cream Only Goes On The Mole
This is one of the two most important tips. Scarring can be caused either by the cream being applied to surrounding normal skin, or too much cream being applied to the mole. The cream will then destroy the mole, and then keep on going into the healthy skin underneath it. This will definitely sting.
The vaseline you have applied around the mole will prevent the first problem.
The second problem can be overcome by using a little cream rather than a lot. Most creams will need more than one treatment, so there’s no need to try and blast the mole away with a mega application of the cream. If the mole is in a hard to reach place, it might be wise to get someone to help you.
And if your mole becomes painful after the cream has been in place for a while, wash it off early.
Remove the Excess Cream and Clean And Dry The Mole
After a while you will notice your mole will change in appearance, becoming darker and drier, just like a scab. Follow the directions about how long to leave the cream on, and what to do after time’s up – these directions can vary from product to product.
The next step is to apply a band aid or similar dressing, and this should be delayed until the surface of the mole is dry. It is quite possible to transfer unused cream from the mole to the band aid and then to normal skin, with unwanted results. This is most unlikely to happen if the mole is dry.
When cleaning the mole, try not to get any cream on your fingers.
Leave Your Dying Mole Alone
The second most likely way to give yourself a scar where your mole used to be is to pull off the scab before it is ready. The underlying skin will probably be damaged and form another scab while it heals. Do this a few times and a scar is almost inevitable.
The best way to avoid early removal of the scab is to keep it covered. Replace the band aid every so often until, one day, when you remove the band-aid the scab will come too.
Once the mole has been removed, it is normal for the new skin to stay pink for a while. Your natural skin color will soon return.
If the mole was deeply rooted in your skin – below the top layer – you may notice a small depression where the mole used to be. It will look a lot better than the mole, and over time will also fill in and become unnoticeable.
If you can keep these five tips in mind when removing your mole at home, it will drop off naturally with no long term damage to your skin, and the slight but necessary pain that goes along with this process will be kept to a minimum.[ad_2]
Source by Graham McClung