Apple Cider Vinegar for Mole Removal

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Removing a mole with apple cider vinegar requires a few household ingredients and some patience. It can take several days to more than a week for the mole to dry up and fall off.

What You Need to Remove a Mole with Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Raw apple cider vinegar
  • Cotton balls
  • Q tips
  • Barrier cream to protect healthy skin
  • Bandaids or medical tape
  • Emory board
  • Patience

Step by Step Directions to Remove Your Mole

  • Rough up the mole with the Emory board. This will allow the apple cider vinegar to penetrate more quickly.
  • Use a Q tip to apply some sort of protective barrier to the skin around the mole. You can use a natural healing balm or diaper rash cream. Castor oil is a nice thick oil. Coconut oil is a think oil and may not work so well for this.
  • Apply apple cider vinegar to a cotton ball or piece of cotton ball. 
  • Use a bandaid or medical tape to attach the cotton ball to the skin. Try to keep the apple cider vinegar from touching healthy skin. If it touches healthy skin, rinse it off.
  • Repeat the above steps morning and evening until you have achieved the desired results.

What Will Happen to the Mole with the Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment?

It can take 5-10 days for the mole to completely dry up and come off.

Every mole does not respond the same way to this treatment. The mole may change color or texture. It may dry out and look like a scab. It may turn black or another shade of color.

Here is where you need patience. Do not pick the mole or any scab that forms. Allow it to come off naturally. Removing your scab early will increase your risk of infection and scarring!

When the mole comes off, the skin underneath may be lighter in color or pinkish.  You can use some sort of moisturizer on this area for a week or two.

Be careful not to allow this new skin in the sun for a few weeks! This skin will be quite prone to sunburn.

Will This Treatment Hurt?

Some find this method to be nearly painless. Others experience discomfort. If this method bothers you, try another method or give it a break for a few days.

If you notice redness or infection, take a break from your treatment. Apply raw honey to the infection.

If the skin around the mole should get irritated from the apple cider vinegar, apply castor oil or coconut oil to the skin to promote healing.

Lastly, please send us your story! We would love to hear how apple cider vinegar treatment for moles worked for you! Continue reading to learn how Earth Clinic readers used ACV to remove their moles.


193 User Reviews

Posted by Bart (MS/ USA) on 02/27/2019
5 out of 5 stars

The same procedure for removing warts with apple cider vinegar also works for removing moles. I had a mole right above one of my eyebrows. I lightly ruffed it up with a finger nail file, applied a cotton ball soaked in ACV and put a piece of tape over it before going to bed. Did this for about 5 nights and the mole was gone in 2 weeks. No scars.


Posted by Sky (Florida) on 11/02/2018
5 out of 5 stars

On and off for years I have added ACV (with the Mother) to my water and drink it throughout the day. One of the first things I noticed when I started was that a flat mole I'd had forever raised up into a huge mushroom dome shape. Next, it turned crusty, and it finally flaked completely off. When it finished flaking off, there was no scar, or any hint that it had ever been there. The skin was so perfect with no difference in skin color from the rest of my skin. The process took a few weeks, and the first time it happened, I was freaked out. at first, I didn't relate it to the AVC, and thought OMG, I have cancer.

I have continued for about 10 years now and it's strange... it only targets one mole at a time. There have been about 5-6, maybe more, over the years. The process is always the same or similar. I don't freak out now, I count myself fortunate because I feel that these are/were the ones developing (or having) cancer. All matched the usual criteria for cancer - odd shaped, dark or partially black. I don't think the amount of ACV is as important as being consistent in drinking the ACV/water. I usually just toss a couple of big splashes into my large water bottle. I can tell you that if I stopped the ACV/water at any point in the process of it targeting a mole, the process also stopped.

A few times I was traveling and just found it too hard to continue during the trip. But when I returned and started the ACV again, then the process completed. I have been astounded. I wasn't taking the ACV for the moles. I had no idea it would solve this. I fell that our body can heal itself if we give it what it needs. I think the ACV used topically is probably similar in it's mechanism, but I do like the idea that my body is possibly taking the ACV tools I'm giving it to decide what needs to be addressed/healed. Maybe drinking it (as opposed to using topically) keeps other, more obscure, cancers in check, not just the ones I can see.


Posted by Shh (London) on 06/30/2018
2 out of 5 stars

I did the whole thing with ACV on a small but really pigmented mole that I've had since birth. It did scab up but came off slightly lighter but it didn't go away. I tried a second time but now nothing is happening even after two weeks of doing it. Do I need to scratch it with an emery board in order for it to work?


Posted by Sophie (London ) on 04/05/2018
3 out of 5 stars

Hiya, I saw all the great reviews on using apple cider vinegar to remove moles and I have a large one on the shin of my leg which I really wanted to get rid of so I decided to give it a go. I used a bandage to secure the ACV and put it on every night for about a week, the mole turned into a black kind of scab and has a red kind of crater around it. It's been about 6 days after that and it's still the same, how long did it take for yours to fall off? Is this normal or should I see a doctor? Any opinions would be great, thanks.


Posted by Mary (Sumner, Wa) on 03/21/2018
0 out of 5 stars

I used ACV for a mole on my face, after 3 nights of a cotton ball soaked in this and applied each night with a bandaid. I have developed about an inch wide patch of darkened skin, and it is warm to the touch and sore.

What can I do to reverse that darkening?


Posted by Teleatha (Indiana) on 06/26/2017
4 out of 5 stars

I decided to remove my mole on my face using apple cider vinegar. It worked of course, but there is still a little bump where the mole use to be. Should I keep applying the ACV or will it fade away also?


Posted by Steph C. (Missouri) on 03/07/2017
5 out of 5 stars

ACV removes moles. Indeed it does. I tried this method on a mole I had between my eyes and that was 5 years ago. It is painful, leaves a gross, blackened scab, and takes a while to heal, but it rids you of moles.

I treated the scab with Lavender/Tea Tree essential oils throughout the day to aid in the healing process and to avoid scars, which worked well. I have since treated several moles with the same success.


Posted by Queen (Cabañas, El Salvador) on 02/07/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Hello Earth Clinic Community! I had a mole on the left side of stomach for a few years and it kept growing very slowly. I looked up remedies on this site and tried the castor oil and baking soda paste. I put the paste on the mole and covered it with a bandaid every night. I did this for about 6 weeks and most of it came off. I was lazy and didn't continue and in a few weeks the mole started to grow back so I decided to try organic apple cider vinegar with the mother.

Well, let me tell you....It only took two weeks for the mole to completely come off. I did same procedure, but this time soaking a small piece of cotton and putting a bandaid to cover the cotton and leaving it over night. It has been a year and the mole has not returned. Apple Cider Vinegar is amazing and so is this site. God bless whoever came up with the idea of creating this site and all the individuals who have shared their experiences. I am grateful for all of you!


Posted by Jeff (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) on 01/28/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I've probably removed 30 moles and skin spots using ACV. Make sure you use natural apple cider vinegar with the mother which is what does the trick.

First rough up the mole so the ACV soaks in better. I've also used a sterile needle to scratch the surface. Then, use a Q-tip to lightly coat Vaseline over a quarter-sized area immediately around the mole but not on the mole. I know people reference using a cotton ball, but I think that's too big and messy. Instead, I cut round circles from a woman's sanitary napkin and soak them in the ACV. While it's soaking use another Q-tip to dap the mole with ACV, to give it a headstart.

I've found that band aids don't stick well and the juice runs out, so instead use white athletic tape. Rip a square, put the soaked ACV pad on it, then tape it to the skin pressing down all sides. Try not to squeeze the juice out of the pad. Repeat morning and night. After a day or two, it will turn color a little, because you're killing it. Use a sanitized needle to poke thru the mole so the ACV can get in and under it, since it starts to harden and scab up. I think the white tape helps smother it too and the ACV is more effective. The tape will probably irritate the surrounding skin a little, but that will go away when you're done. The key is to continue the assault uninterrupted. After about 5 days, you will be so proud of yourself when the thing just lets go and falls off like a scab. I've continued for another day or two if there's some that hasn't let go yet. As for scarring - I haven't noticed much. The skin will be new and pink and will take awhile, possibly months to fully blend with the rest of your skin, but who cares - you just got rid of something that's bothered you for so long. Doctors that say it doesn't work just don't know what they're talking about and Try it themselves.

Jeff


Posted by Leah (Ct) on 01/23/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I have had a mole on my chin that started off small and flat like a freckle from age 7 (I am 34 now) and it "grew" over the years to a black raised mole a little smaller than an eraser. I went to a plastic surgeon at the age of 16 who decided to tell me that he could remove this benign mole but it would leave a huge scar that would need stitches and that he could most definitely "fix" my nose...nice right? I finally went back to a different plastic surgeon/dermatologist a few years ago who agreed my mole was non cancerous but again told me that the location on my chin near a prominent fold could not be hidden and be unsightly. I recently went to a third doctor who told me that the times have changed and for a mere $400 she could remove it but it could grow back, be flat, or scar...the only difference would be there wouldn't be stitches.

I finally had enough and decided to try ACV. I take ACV daily in the morning for my immune system and thought .. why not? I made sure to "rough" up my mole (very important! ) and was amazed I could feel the "sting" from the ACV soaked cotton ball working...so quickly! I slept with it overnight and used vaseline around the edges.

The second day the mole looked a little larger and paler than the usual black tone. This made me nervous but I continued to freshen up the cotton ball that I used to my chin and even used a q tip in between to press on it.

The third day the mole started to scab everywhere but the edges so I continued another day and night focusing on the edges. The fourth day I couldn't believe my eyes...the mole was now a shrunken scab! It was so hard to not pick at it but I made sure to keep my hands away. So so hard!

Finally the fifth day that poor sucker was hanging by a thread and I pulled it after my shower. The skin was pink and had a slight discoloration around where the mole was. I'm thinking the vaseline around the edge of the mole helped but not as much as a bandaid surrounding the area would have as other users stated. I would hate to think what it would look like if it didn't have any protection from the ACV, my skin was a little pink.

I am now on day 2 of healing, using those small round band aids and aquaphor to keep it moist. I have heard that "needing air" for wounds to heal is just an old wives tale and the important part of the healing process is NOT to let it scab since the scab will be the cause of a scar. I have told many people at work who think I'm super granola for what I did and they are in shock of how amazing it looks already. I would definitely recommend spending the money to have someone make sure the mole is not cancerous before doing this. It really is amazing how we can "take care" of our bodies with mother nature. This is truly amazing!


Posted by June (Ashburn, Va) on 12/14/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar for Mole (Weird Reaction But Worked!)

It worked! My experience was NOT straight-forward, but it did work.

First thing of note: the mole was checked by the doc prior to trying this and it was benign.It was on my right breast and was slightly raised but also deep in the skin. Dark-ish brown. I figured this wouldn't work in one shot because it's raised, deep, and I have pale white/sensitive skin. In all in took 9 days. Mine NEVER turned black, which freaked me out because that's what most people seem to experience. Mine turned green and brown and green-yellow and brown, which freaked me out even more. But remember, this isn't magic (even though this ugly mole was disappearing before my eyes). It's science. Be smart about your applications and responding to your unique situation and you should get rid of it.I have sensitive skin and it seems to me that leaving it on over night is not the best way to go because ACV is irritating. Even when I surrounded the mole with shea/coco butter, it still felt/looked irritated.

Day 1: I started on Saturday night. Light use of emory board. I did about 3 swishes, slow and light, back and forth, and up and down because I was scared I might feel it scrape. I didn't but I did see slight slight skin flakes. Bandaid and a piece of cotton dipped in ACV overnight.I woke up the next morning and part of it, the center/top, had turned almost a light green but I still saw the ring of the mole normal brown color around the green.

Day 2: Same thing as the first except that I didn't use the emory board. Resulted in no visible change to the mole or the green on the mole.

Day 3: Cleaned it and poked it with a needle twice (where it hadn't turned green). Bandaid and cotton-soaked ACV for 1 hour AM/PM.That night, the green turned brown and the brown covered -almost- the entire mole but the mole was still raised the way it was before I started treating it. Still saw a slight bit of mole around the edges.

Day 4: That morning, the brown was slightly darker and the edges were now covered to the skin line. Cleaned it, slight poking to penetrate the brown, and bandaid/cotton/ACV for an hour. My skin was slightly irritated around the edges of the mole but it looked possibly flatter. I showered again that night and did the same treatment for an hour.

Day 5: I woke up without any visible differences but the brown felt harder--closer to a scab--but still unsure if it was in fact a scab. Roughed it up a bit with a tooth pick to see if I could feel anything below the brown (I couldn't). Bandaid/cotton/ACV for 1 hour. Checked it. The brown had turned back to green and it was mushy. Like a very light green. It looked like how a scab looks when you let it soak. I washed it with anti-bacterial soap and let it breath all day. It dried to a light brown, had a white circle around the edge, AND IT WAS FLAT.

Day 6: Cleaned it with anti-bacterial soap again. Gently. It was gross! Again, green and mushy in the shower. This is where I started to get nervous. I felt like maybe it was infected or maybe it was really working- I couldn't tell! I decided to put a q-tip soaked in ACV on it for 5 minutes AM/PM. It was now 100% completely flat when the scab dried out. The scab was thick and dark brown, and the skin around it looked aggravated. But I couldn't tell if the scab was just a top layer and there was mole underneath or if the mole had been replaced by scab now.---That night I read that coconut oil is antimicrobial (helps eat away at moles) and antibacterial (helps eat away at infection). It also is soothing for the skin.

Day 7-9: Kept the mole-scab soaked in Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. I never heated it. Just rubbed it into the skin, into the scab gently, and around the entire area. Then I put a chunk of the coconut oil under some gauze and soaked the mole-scab constantly. It felt amazing. I also read that the oil would help the scab heal more quickly and with less of a scar.

End of Day 9, the area is WITHOUT a mole, scab, or scar. It's just pinker than the surrounding skin, but not inflamed and red or anything.AMAZING! Life-changer. Can't wait to show the doc :D

Good luck!

Replied by Anurag
Pune
12/17/2015
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

Hello, as I am also using Apple Cider Vinegar for my face moles, I have lot of moles on my face, so I read abt acv, right now m using Apple Cider Vinegar its effect is good but little slow, I started 2 week before, I started using on my 4 moles at a time, in 4 moles 1 mole is near to my eye so I think bcoz m applying avc on that mole I have swelling near to my eyes, even swelling is near to all moles but the mole which is near to eye that look very bad, now m not able to understand should I continue or stop bcoz I can see the result moles r reducing in size so plz help me, I am using Apple Cider Vinegar 4-5 times a day, and bcoz moles is near to eye so m not putting any bandage over it.

Replied by June
Ashburn, Va
12/17/2015

I would stop using it if it was near my eye and swelling. I would make sure that it wasn't infected and put something soothing on it like virgin coconut oil until it heals and then reassess.

Replied by Kaya
England
05/15/2016

Hi, I'm currently doing the Apple Cider Vinegar method on an unraised black mole on my thigh (around 5cm wide)

I soak a cotton ball in Apple Cider Vinegar and stick it on with sticky tape and so far the mole has scabbed up but looks like its gone into the skin meaning that the vinegar has penetrated well under the mole and I'm scared there will be a big hole in my leg.

Has anyone else experienced anything similar? I'm still applying the Acv as the scab hasn't completely fallen off yet.

Replied by Ben
Bremerton Wa
05/17/2016

That "mole" sounds very similar to skin cancer to me. Please be sure to have a doctor check it. When the color is black like you mentioned then its possible to be a melanoma, an aggressive skin cancer.

Replied by Sybille
Upstate New York
05/18/2016

Hi,

a friend of mine had Basal Cell Skin cancer on the side of his lip and he applied a cream called "Black Salve" (ingredients: Red Clover, Bloodroot, Galangal, Sheep Sorrel) on top of the fairly large half Dollar size sore.

It was painful, but after 10 days the whole thing fell off and out and the clean hole filled up and was hardly noticeable after a few months.

Regular Doctors had wanted to remove almost a third of his face, that is when he tried this salve.

10 years ago one could buy this salve very reasonable at CanX Products, Nevada, tel: 1-800-996-3203

Replied by B
Ohio
05/21/2016

I've been doing the ACV treatment for a giant mole I have. It's been checked by a doc he said it's fine. It's gross though, it's a half in long protruding out of my belly button! I've been using Apple Cider Vinegar every night 8 hours a night for two weeks. I don't really see much progress. It has a couple small scabs on it but the last one I did (quite small) pulled away from my skin in 3 days. I figured by 2 weeks in I would see some separation? Honestly in the morning it looks agitated and swollen but an hour later it just looks back to normal.

Replied by Fizzickschick
New Braunfels, Tx
11/28/2016

Ok here goes.... I noticed another bump on my face, right next to an area that started looking funny a couple years ago and now has a flat mole. I have lots of flat moles everywhere, always have. fair skinned. 41 years old female. certainly spent too much time "tanning" in the sun... im going to start using the ACV every day and see what happens. I guess you cant tell in my picture, but where the red area is (could almost be a pimple coming up but I know better! ) there is a faint dark spot like maybe a blackhead (but I know better! ) So this is definitely a "before" picture. already have ACV "with the mother" in my fridge.


Posted by Brea03 (Korea) on 11/11/2015
0 out of 5 stars

I've been using Apple Cider Vinegar for 4 days now. I got a mole under my nose just above my lips and got teased before. A little part of it is hard now and darker than it normally is. Is it scabbing now or what? I put Apple Cider Vinegar overnight.

Replied by Brainbuster
Indiana
07/01/2017

Yes, it's just a scab. Leave it alone.

That's what happens when it works.


Posted by Mal (Arizona) on 06/10/2015
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

I did a ton of searching before I even attempted this..

I decided if I made it through this I would do a review in hopes to help others.

I had a slightly raised mole on the side of my cheek and I hated it. I had gone to the Dr. And it was benign. I asked him to freeze it off and he said No he would have to surgically remove it and it would leave a scar and stitch marks.

I've had them froze off in the past by a Dr. who is way too old to practice so I know freezing them works well. So I was discouraged and aggravated that he wouldn't freeze it off. I had to look at this thing everyday!

It always worked for me In the past with no scarring. Maybe I should have listened to that Dr. Maybe I should have found a different Dr. Either way enough was enough.

I wanted something done. After I read many reviews I decided to try the apple cider vinegar.

It was either going to work or it was going to be the dumbest thing I have ever done.

Either way, could apple cider vinegar Really work? Was I prepared? How harsh could it be right? I have very light skin. I am the one that got a scar from a briar 2 months ago on my hand and it is still there. Reluctantly, I decided to try this.

Day 1. I put vaseline around the edge of the mole of my cheek. (to protect the skin around the area I wasn't treating) I soaked a cotton ball, squeezed out excess and cut to size of area.

I repeated a few times that day and slept in it for 8 hours.

Day 2. I repeated again during the day and then slept again over night with the cotton ball and vinegar

Day 3. I will not lie....I was freaking out. I told myself... I better not apply any more vinegar as it was stinging, the mole was turning black and I was worried. (even though I had read this was part of the process....were they right? I mean you can't believe everything you read on the internet. :)

This thing was big, black, red around my cheek. I drove my sister crazy having her check it to get her opinion. I kept taking photos. Just checking and I was going to be so ashamed if I had to go in to tell the Dr. How dumb I was so then I felt guilt!!!

I was stressed with worry and fear and thinking....what have I done?

I am old enough to know better.

Day 4. I seen a little improvement but still black and Oh my....embarrassing. I was in hiding In my house. slapped a band aid on if I had to leave. The mole was forming a tough scab.

Day 5. Finally seen the light of Day. It scabbed over and I know you're not suppose to help it along....but tht black troll mole had to go. So I carefully and I mean Carefully peeled it back a little to help the process. I didn't rip and tug the scab. It felt like a hard resin.

Well the big black mole is gone.

I have a pink spot in its place but....today really is the first day I consider the healing phase. I don't know what the outcome will be. I do feel that this will heal and it looks very clean straight across.

Would I recommend this or do it again? I am a chronic worrier and I don't like suspense. So for me? Probably Not. With that being said before even attempting this....get the mole checked. That is the number one most important thing. Get it checked!!!!

Talk to your Dr. Ask if it can be froze off.

I had a Dr. Cut on me on the back of my neck once to have a mole removed that was rubbing up against my shirt and now I have Frankenstein Stitches. Personally, I like the freezing method.

If you do decide to try the vinegar. Do so with care. Research, be prepared. Keep a sterile environment. Do not get It infected. stay out of the hot sun until it heals. Use vitamin E and Aloe vera Or coconut oil.

I am not recommending anyone do this. This review is based on my experience Only.

So now onto the healing phase.

Its bright pink. However, with what I dealt with earlier in the week this is just fine with me.

The area looks smooth, clean and like a bad zit that has been popped and irritated. Looks like a chemical burn. What ever you decide... good luck. This was an experience But I am too impatient not to know the unknown! Good luck!!!

Replied by Mackenzie
California
06/15/2015

I tried the apple cider vinegar before and it worked great. Today I decided to try it on another mole. It is not working at all and I'm extremely worried, the mole became flat, multiplied in size and became grey/black. Did this happen at all to you? Thank you

Replied by Sally
Ontario, Canada
07/12/2015
4 out of 5 stars

After reading and watching everything on the net about home removal of moles I decided to embark on my own home experiment. I have three raised ones on the right side of my face near my ear. The more I read the more I realized my "moles" are not ordinary moles but sebborhic keratosis. I'm day 20 in on this experiment with ACV. Initially I just applied an ACV Q-tip on the moles a couple of times per day, but after about 10 days I started sleeping with an ACV soaked cotton bandaged to my face. This has definitely helped speed up the process. The SK is still there, but much flatter. During the day I've been applying a bit of castor oil mixed with baking soda to it. It leaves my face a bit gritty feeling but I didn't want to smell like ACV at work. The castor oil/baking soda seems to help soften it up.

I'm encouraged and will continue with this treatment, and wanted to share with the rest of you to encourage you to remain patient. Depending on the size of the mole or SK it's probably not going to clear up in just a few days.


Posted by Jessica (California) on 06/01/2015

So I'm trying out this apple cider vinegar treatment. I absolutely dislike the smell and taste of vinegar and unfortunately I have a small flat mole right under my nose that I've been wanting to get rid of for the longest time. I've been using a mixture of castor oil and baking soda for about 5 nights and its definitely reduced in size but its taking quite a while. Before I apply anything I put coconut oil on the area I'm treating just to make sure my skin is safe and moisturized. For the apple cider vinegar treatment I'm dabbing a q-tip in the vinegar and applying it on the mole only, doing my best not to get it on the surrounding area. I will continue doing this every 15 minutes or so. For people that don't have a lot of time on their hands, I think I would do this treatment at night while sleeping. Of course you're not going to wake up every 15 minutes though so results may be different. I will update on how this treatment goes, fingers crossed.


Posted by Rachel (Canada) on 05/22/2015
5 out of 5 stars

It's been a week since my first mole fled, and just a few days since the second one vanished. I only applied ACV about 4 different times, but each time I was spending about half an hour dabbing an ACV-soaked q-tip on my moles. I'm removing four moles of different sizes. The two that are completely gone were just a few mm high and the area is still pinkish.

The other moles were larger and needed more applications. One was on my hip and I just reduced the size of it instead of removing completely. I may go back and remove it but for now it's just a small flesh colour bump 3mm high, healed VERY well/fast. The 4th mole was an odd shape (none were cancerous) so I'm not sure yet if it's gone (some of it was flesh colour). For this one, I taped a cotton pad on it a couple times and the surrounding area was damaged (regret that). My method:

Dip q-tip in a little cup that has ACV. Dab with precision right in the center of the mole. Wipe away excess, but try to avoid applying excess. When the mole has dried up a minute or two later, dab again. Don't scratch the mole, but you can take the q-tip and rub slowly at the mole, allowing the mole pores to stretch and let the ACV in. When it comes away from the skin easily, stop applying any ACV and then Polysporin for the wound until it heals.



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