Moles are brown or black skin growths that usually appear during the first 20 years of life. They can appear anywhere on the skin alone or in groups and occur when skin cells, or melanocytes, grow in a group instead of spreading out. Moles may change as time goes on becoming lighter, raised or developing hairs. Sometimes moles do not change at all and eventually fade and disappear. They can also become darker during the teen years, after sun exposure or during pregnancy. Moles on the neck can be especially unsightly and make a person self-conscious. If you want to try to remove the mole yourself, raw, unprocessed apple cider vinegar can be an effective natural remedy for this skin condition. However, it is always a good idea to consult with a health expert before performing any mole removal process by yourself. You could be attempting to remove a cancerous mole.
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Things you need
- Raw apple cider vinegar
- Band aids
- Cotton balls
- Castor oil
- Baking soda
Soak a cotton ball in raw, unprocessed apple cider vinegar. Place the cotton ball on top of the mole and allow to soak in. Cover cotton ball with a band aid.
Apply ACV to the mole only, taking care not to cover surrounding skin with the raw apple cider vinegar. Use a natural creme, lotion or pure aloe vera gel on surrounding skin to prevent skin from burning and becoming red and irritated. Protruding neck moles may be reduced in two weeks or less.
Repeat the process if you have additional moles you would like to get rid of. Replace soaked ACV cotton balls three times a day on each mole. The acidity of the vinegar causes moles to "layer off" and eventually disappear.
Repeat steps for at least one month for best results. It may take two or three months for moles to fully disappear depending on size.
Tips and warnings
- Raw, unprocessed apple cider vinegar may not be effective on everyone as all people have different skin types and reactions to treatments, topical or internal. Castor oil and baking soda is considered an effective natural method of mole removal. Mix castor oil and baking soda together until it becomes a gum-like paste and apply to affected areas at nighttime. Cover with gauze or a band aid; after two or three nights you should see a difference in the mole's size. Stop treatment for a night or two if skin becomes irritated.
- Make sure you are purchasing raw, unprocessed apple cider vinegar that contains "the mother"--cobweb-like substances that are powerful enzymes. Distilled ACV has been stripped of these enzymes and some minerals.
- Apple cider vinegar will not help moles that have become cancerous. While most moles are benign, consult a dermatologist if moles begin to look different from other moles or if the colour, height, size or shape of the mole is different. Also have a dermatologist check any moles that are bleeding, oozing, scaly or have become tender or painful.
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