Apple Cider Vinegar for Mole Removal

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Apple Cider Vinegar for Moles

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.

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Posted by shania (oregon) on 08/16/2022
5 out of 5 stars

I've been using the apple cider vinegar on a mole behind my hair on my neck for about I would say 4-6 days now its crusty and feels like its coming close to falling off I keep a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar with a band aid on for 8 hours a day and I'm hoping soon it falls off its completely painless.

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Posted by we5hoovers (Raleigh, NC) on 05/17/2022
0 out of 5 stars

I am admitting I am not so smart at times. I had this mole pop up on the side of my nose a few months ago. I started picking at it and have been picking at it...picking scab off since that time. Of course, it has just gotten more scabbed. So, I break out my trusty Earth Clinic information (A few months too late), and decide to do the ACV treatment (sort of). I have been roughing up and dabbing ACV with q-tip for a couple of days. I haven't kept a bandage or soaked cloth on. This morning, I did the same thing...not being gentle and rubbing and pressing this q-tip onto the mole....and when I got done with it, I noticed it had bled. Now, it had bled before as I was continually picking at it before I tried this treatment. Not much, but it did. Can someone please tell me if you think I am in trouble here? I don't notice any infection or soreness, but I certainly did a stupid thing. Should I continue on with my ACV treatment as I have been?

Replied by RB
(Somewhere in Europe)

Hey we5hoovers,

One, it is not a good idea start picking at anything.

Two, you need to diagnose what it is that you have.

Three, is it really a mole? For example, sometimes we say it is a mole, when we should say it is an age spot..

Four, for a fairly good diagnosis, google it... find various pictures of what it is that you have.

Five, after you have diagnosed it, search EC for the best solution. Find out what it is that has worked the best so far. Peroxide? Iodine? ACV? Or something else?

Six, have a plan of action.

Seven, have courage, and just do it, and do it very-very slowly and carefully.

I hope this will help you!

Replied by CW

I am just getting started on the ACV for moles and read a lot of threads. I was wondering if all goes well and it starts to scab, would anti bacterial ointment be a good idea? Did anyone try that?

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Posted by Patrick (NJ) on 03/03/2021
5 out of 5 stars

I used to have a raised brown mole in the middle of my face. First I went to a plastic surgeon who wouldn't touch it and was afraid of it scarring. Than I heard of ACV. Let me tell you I was at my wit's end with this mole. Imagine waking up every morning for 20 years and looking into a mirror and seeing a spot on your face that you can never just wipe off.

Anyway... I applied Apple Cider Vinegar to my face and did not really protect the surrounding skin other than just not trying to get Apple Cider Vinegar on it. After scratching up the mole a bit I applied Apple Cider Vinegar to it using a q-tip. I do not think I used a band-aid but rather just constantly dipped and applied it using a q-tip for a few hours with applied pressure. I may have used a band-aid for one night but I would bet on it that I didn't. Q-tip constant application with pressure will drastically speed up the process.

So the mole turned somewhat white, shrinked and than scabbed up. Over a week or so this scab fell off. I noticed a little spot that was still brown so I did the same process again and voila, no more mole.

The healing process takes time and it will be red->pink for a while. Probably will take 3-6 months to return to skin color. So here I am 5 years later and you can't even tell anything was ever on my face. Looks perfect. (It looked like it does now 4 years ago)

I feel as though ACV really targets the mole instead of the surrounding skin. Moles are really susceptible to ACV (I used Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother). You should still give an effort to protect the skin even though I didn't, just to be safe.

Replied by Lana
5 out of 5 stars

I had a mole on my belly for years, then it changed and raised up like a bubble. So having previous good results with ACV on the skin I soaked and squeezed out some cotton with ACV and covered it with a square bandage so it would stay moist and prevent air from drying it out. I did this for a week, possibly a bit longer. The entire thing fell out and left a clean and clearly defined crater in my belly, which healed over, completely smooth although the skin color is slightly whiter in that spot. Just absolutely amazing!! Good going on your success as well!

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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.

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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 scares

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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?

Replied by mia

Why not continue with the Apple Cider Vinegar on a tiny spot of the darkened patch? You may be pleasantly surprised by the outcome!

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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?

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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.

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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!

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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.


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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 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!

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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
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)

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

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)

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)


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

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)

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.