For some, they do not mind touting their mole as a “beauty mark.” For others, however, a mole can cause feelings of insecurity, self-consciousness, and annoyance. Removal by a doctor is an option. Apple cider vinegar mole removal is the next most popular solution.
Either way, you will be on the road to living each day with one-less mole.
What is ACV?
Apple Cider Vinegar has been regarded for centuries as a cure-all. There are skeptics, of course, but mega-reports of ACV benefits trump disbelief. Pulverized apples are fermented (yeast and bacteria break down the sugar and transform it into alcohol.) The fruit alcohol when fermented more, will eventually turn into vinegar. By the way, vinegar encompasses acids, amino acids, and vitamins. Apple cider transformed into this vinegar product has become a tonic that has greatly helped those in need of a healthy, curing alternative.
How To Begin Mole Removal
Although there are many who agree apple cider vinegar mole removal is the safest, most natural process, there are different ways to the approach.
STEP 1 – One thing that remains constant is the initial step. First, wash the mole and the area of surrounding skin with soap and warm water. Then pat dry and wait a couple of minutes. Ideally, you want a clean, dry surface.
STEP 2 – Take a cotton ball and soak it in apple cider vinegar. This is where various schools of thoughts come in to play. One method requires that you take that cotton ball and hold it on your mole for up to 15 minutes.
STEP 3 - After, wash and dry the area. Do this four times each day. After a few days, you will see that the mole gets darker in color and may begin to scab. You can stop the soaking process and just wait for the mole to dry up and fall off naturally.
METHOD 2 – Another approach suggests taking the ACV soaked-cotton ball and literally leaving it on the mole. Place it there in the morning and secure it on your skin with gauze or a bandage. At night, wash, dry and repeat. This method should be practiced for four days. If the skin around the mole becomes red or too sensitive, try leaving the bandage off in the day and just soak overnight. The same result should occur; darkening of the actual mole, drying up, and dropping off.
One tip for comfort, if the skin surrounding the mole starts getting a raw feeling, is to apply a cream or ointment around the mole. Do not put it on the mole, just the area around it. You can use petroleum jelly, sunscreen lotion, or even diaper rash cream. Any product that will prevent the acid, from the ACV, from penetrating through the delicate skin will suffice.
METHOD 3 – Another more radical approach is to “aggravate” the mole’s surface. The theory is that the apple cider vinegar will be absorbed more quickly into the entire mole. Some use a sterile sewing needle and poke the top of the mole a couple of times. Others scrape the surface gently with an emery board (a nail file). Warning: this can be painful. Nonetheless, pat the ACV with a clean cotton ball onto the top of the mole and soak as directed above.
In all cases, the mole should get browner/blacker, shrivel, and scab. It is not recommended to pick the scab. Some people do because they are impatient. But remember, another scab will form anyway, and you’ve just increased your chances for infection or scarring. If by accident, the scab is nicked and there is bleeding, clean and use an antibiotic ointment. Some believe Vitamin E will assist with less scarring.
A mole is created when a bunch of skin cells cluster together. Each mole has the potential to grow or change. Keeping an eye on the change in color or shape is important. Before deciding that the apple cider vinegar mole removal process is the approach you want to take, you must not ignore the possibility that your mole may be pre-cancerous or malignant. If possible, have it checked by a dermatologist or another medical specialist.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), approximately one person in a 100 has a mole on their body at birth. As we age, spend time in the sun, or simply become victims to our genetic predisposition, more moles are acquired. These “common moles”, named aptly by medical professionals, develop on most of our population’s skin. In fact, many people have at least 10 of these common buggers, and those whose skin are lighter and more delicate, may have up to 30 or 40!
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) describes a common mole, one that most people have—one that is not cancerous—as a pink, flesh-colored, or brownish growth that has distinctive edges. Some people are born with a genetic component called Atypical Mole Syndrome. Those particular moles are more prone to being dangerous. Dermatologists recommend using the “ABCDE” method when examining your own moles to make sure they are common and “typical.” Checking for moles that are: “A” Asymmetrical, “B” irregular Borders, “C” Changing in color, “D” larger Diameter than ¼”, and “E” Evolving.