Mole removal creams are generally sold over the counter and contain active ingredients that can dissolve moles in just a few weeks. However, the safety and effectiveness of these creams has been hotly contested in the medical community.
Most mole removal creams are plant-based, with most being made from unknown, less potent plant varieties. However, some, such as Dermatend, are made with the sap of a bloodroot plant and are fairly potent.
It is important to ensure that your mole is benign before applying mole removal cream to treat it. If it has ragged edges or changes in colour, or you are simply unsure if it is cancerous or not, see a doctor before pursuing over-the-counter removal methods.
The cream must be applied directly onto the mole for the best chance of removal success. Even applying it slightly off or around the mole means the mole may dissolve, but could grow back even bigger.
Mole remover creams can irritate the skin around the mole, so take great care to apply only as much cream as needed and only directly on the mole, not around it.
The benefits of using a mole remover cream are that there is no surgical treatment needed, little chance of scarring and an average success rate of 95 per cent for most moles.