A hairy mole can be hard on an individual's self-esteem, but there is good news. If you have a mole you consider unsightly, you can safely remove the hair, or have it removed, according to University of Southwest Texas Medical Center Clinical Dermatology Professor Ron Davis. "Melanoma kills hair follicles, so hair is considered a sign of mole health," he said in the July 2004 issue of "Shape" magazine. Like hair that grows from other areas on the body, there are a few different removal methods available, all ranging in their cost, the amount of pain caused, and the likelihood of the hair growing back.
Things you need
Gently shave the hair off of your mole (if the mole is flat and doesn't protrude from the skin). If done gently with a safety razor you can remove the hair from the mole pain free. With this method you need to repeatedly shave the mole to keep the hair from growing.
Pluck the hair out with a pair of tweezers. This is similar to plucking eyebrows only you are more likely to irritate the mole. It is even possible for the mole to begin bleeding. Although the hair does take longer to grow back (than with shaving) it can become painful.
Arrange an appointment with a dermatologist to remove the hair from the mole via laser or electrolysis. You can either use a low-powered laser to remove the hair, or a slightly more powerful laser can be used to remove the mole completely. Electrolysis involve the insertion of a needle into the hair follicle.
- According to DermaNetwork, a physician-advised cosmetic dematology resource, hair-removal wax should not be applied over moles.
- Examine your mole carefully to ensure it stays benign. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, characteristics of a mole that may indicate skin cancer include: a diameter larger than a pencil eraser; an irregular border; colour that varies from one area of the mole to another; and asymmetrical size.
Things you need
- Body wax