It is considered “normal” for a person to have between ten and forty moles on their body before the age of 30. The majority of these moles will not cause any problem for the individual, yet some people may find that they have a reason to investigate mole removal techniques in order to be rid of these skin lesions. In this article you will find how to remove your skin lesions once and forever.
There are many skin lesions which can be confused for moles, freckles being the main type. When trying to discern whether a spot on the skin is in fact a mole or not, the following signs and factors should be taken into account. Regular moles will generally appear to be:
- Oval or round spots on the skin
- Raised or flat
- Usually brown in colour with smooth solid borders
- Hairy or not
- 0.2 – 5mm in diameter
The medical name for moles is Melanocytic Levi. Melanocytes are pigment producing cells which are dispersed around the body, allowing the pigment to give the hair and skin their colour. Occasionally, something happens to the dispersion of these cells where instead of spreading out evenly, they clump together to form a cluster. It is these clusters of cells which are known as moles.
Common causes are not yet fully clear, but medical professionals believe that the following factors can play a part in the appearance of moles:
- Sun exposure – This is known to be the most predominant cause of moles. Over exposure to the sun cannot only cause moles to appear in the first place, but can be responsible for a mole to become cancerous.
- Genetics – Most people who have moles will be closely related to somebody else who suffers with the skin lesions. Congenital and dysplastic nevi may be hereditary.
- Hormonal changes – Many people will testify that the majority of the moles which can be found on their body appeared during puberty. In addition to this, pregnant women may see a change in the colour of existing moles, with the mole becoming slightly darker.
Although most moles may appear the same, there are a wide variety of the skin lesions, some of which are worlds apart in appearance to regular moles or can appear at different stages in life. All moles will fall into one of three categories; regular, irregular or cancerous.
- Congenital Nevi – The majority of people with moles will acquire them in the first 30 years of lie. However, around 1% of people are actually born with moles, known as congenital nevi.
- Dysplastic Nevi – Large moles which tend to be irregular in their appearance. Shape, colour and size can vary wildly.
- Blue Nevi – As the name suggests, these moles which can mostly be found on the face, hands and feet are blue in colour.
- Junctional melanocytic nevi – Small flat and round. These can often be confused for freckles.
- Dermal melanocytic nevi – Raised moles normally medium in colour or even the same colour as the surrounding skin, with hair.
- Compound melanocytic nevi – Similar to the dermal form, but colour can vary.
There are many reasons that a person may wish to remove a mole. They may feel self-conscious about a particularly visible mole or the small bump may irritate them because of its position on the body. Whatever the reason for mole removal, there are a wealth of options available that can be categorized into three groups:
- Natural – There are a number of natural home remedies available for you. This is the cheapest form of mole removal and can gleam excellent results for some.
- Surgery – This method is the most expensive method but can be extremely fast and effective.
- Pharmaceutical products – Over the counter products such as Dermatend are used widely as an effective method to remove moles at home.
For those who have not turned to natural remedies before, positive results may seem unlikely. However, the success of patients using everyday household products such as Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda and a wealth of other products which can be found in the kitchen cupboards, is well documented in numerous forums on the internet.
The results may not seem so far-fetched once a person realizes that some of the acids contained in such products can be found in the over the counter products used for mole removal.
There are various types of mole removal surgery available. Each of the surgeries is performed on an out-patient basis as they do not require sedation of any kind and in most cases, depending on the location of the mole; patients are able to drive themselves to and from the clinic for the surgery.
Excision – Excision of moles entails the mole being cut out of the skin using a scalpel. The area is numbed before the surgeon removes the unwanted cells. Depending on the size and depth of the wound, stitches may be used.
- Cauterisation – The mole is burned to kill the cells and seal the wound to prevent bleeding.
- Cryosurgery – A freezing agent is used to freeze the cells within the mole, killing them instantly and breaking the mole down.
- Laser Surgery – Here, an intense beam of light is aimed specifically at the area of the mole and disrupts the cells, allowing the mole to disappear. This is not always effective on deeper moles as the laser can only penetrate the skin by so much.
Although surgery is deemed fairly harmless, there are risks with it including infection and scarring. It can also be expensive if a person has numerous moles they wish to remove. Patients should talk candidly about their expectations and needs with a dermatologist to find the best option for them.
Over the Counter Products
For those who don’t want the fuss of going to the doctors for treatments or surgery, there are a number of creams, gels and ointments for use in the home. Over the counter products such as Dermatend offer value for money as well as a safe method for removing moles.
In most cases, creams will need to be applied for a certain amount of time directly to the mole. The active ingredients in the solutions will work to break down the cells in the mole (just like the laser surgery). Many over the counter products such as Dermatend and other popular creams have the advantage of reducing the risk of scarring by a substantial amount. This is because the method is completely non-invasive and although some moles may leave a slight scab, most people who let the scab fall off in its own time will discover that after a few short weeks, there is no sign at all of a mole ever having been there.
Before removing your skin lesion, do not forget to consult with a doctor to make sure your lesion is not cancerous. Remember, only benign moles can be removed at home. Removing cancerous blemishes is extremely dangerous and can lead to serious health problems.