Mole Remedies

| Modified on Aug 16, 2022
Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by RB (Somewhere in Europe) on 02/23/2022
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1) I needed some 12% food-grade hydrogen peroxide, one Q-tip, some vitamin E oil, a lot of faith, and a lot of courage.

2) I didn't need any Band-Aids, balm, toothpicks, and or nail file.

3) My sun spot/liver spot was a perfectly flat, round-shaped, dark brown discoloration of about 4 or 5 mm in diameter.

4) On day 1, I dipped a Q-tip into the hydrogen peroxide and applied it directly onto the sun spot/liver spot.

5) I held it there until it started to whiten and bubble a bit. It did sting a little at first. IMPORTANT: This may sound counter-intuitive, but I did feel lucky when it did sting. This way I didn't have to use a nail file, or toothpick, before I applied the peroxide to my skin.

6) I did this 6 times throughout the day, and always left the sun spot/liver spot uncovered.

7) At night before going to bed, I did not apply any Band-Aid.

8) From days 2 through 8, I let the sun spot/liver spot to rest. I kept the area clean, but did not do anything to the sun spot/liver spot.

9) Between days 4 and 6, I noticed that the sun spot/liver spot had formed a hard, crusty top cover to it.

10) No, I did not pick it off..

11) On day 7 or 8, I noticed the hard and crusty top cover fell off, leaving a light brown spot that looked like my original sun spot/liver spot. There was no crater, or hole to it. The only difference was the improved color. Its color had changed. It went from very dark brown color to a pale brown color. And pale brown is better than very dark brown.

12) On day 9, I applied vitamin E oil over the entire area. And, after that, it looked perfectly healed.

NOTE: This improvement is permanent, therefore I could easily stop at this point. However, in a couple of weeks or so, I might repeat these steps 4 through 12, in order to arrive at a little bit lighter brown color.

ACV, Garlic and Iodine
Posted by Jessica (Kansas City, MO) on 08/07/2007
5 out of 5 stars

After reading the mole remedies on this site, I decided to seperately test the Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic and Iodine on three different moles. These are my results:

ACV--It completely removed one mole in 5 days. After "scratching" the mole with a clean needle, I soaked a small piece of cotton in ACV and placed it on the mole with a bandaid on it overnight (did this for 5 nights). During the day, I dabbed ACV on it a few times. During this time period, the once raised mole (the size of a pea) became flat, then black, then peeled off like a scab. The only problem was that I did not protect the skin around the mole with vaseline, because I couldn't get the bandaid to stick to my skin if I used it. Because of this, the skin around the mole became quite burned. It looks pretty bad! I'm trying to heal it up with Coconut Oil. But, personally I'd rather have a little burned skin than a nasty mole!

Garlic--the garlic worked pretty fast on another pea-sized mole, but again, I burned myself by not protecting the surrounding skin. And I really disliked smelling like garlic all day! The garlic worked in two days. The mole puffed up and blistered and then came off like a scab. Beware--this stuff really burns, so watch out for the healthy skin!

Iodine--I had a slightly-raised mole that basically flaked off after 7 days of using iodine on it 3 times per day. It takes a little longer to work than garlic or ACV, but NO burning!

With each of these remedies, I scratched the mole with a needle before applying the stuff. I think that helps to really get the substance in the mole in order to breat it down. Also, where the moles have fallen off I have scars. One of the rather large moles made a keloid-type (red, raised) scar. I'm applying Coconut Oil to all of these hoping to speed along the process. Finally, I tried these remedies on moles on my body--not my face. I can't recommend doing that, unless you understand you will have a noticable scar.

Posted by Tim (Berkeley, California) on 05/21/2007
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PAINTED IODINE MAKES A MOLE OR SKIN TAG FALL OFF: I had just been checked for skin cancer at my HMO and was told that the blemishes on my skin were non-cancerous, so hving read all of the positive results with iodine, I decided to try it for myself. I ordered Lugol's online and applied it to a "mole" (for lack of a more specific term) on my hand which had appeared a few years ago. I applied it once per day for about 3 weeks and it disappeared. After about 2 weeks the skin started to get a bit dry and flakey so after 3 weeks I stopped applying the iodine. About 1 week later the flakey skin flaked off to reveal the lack of any "mole". I am going to try this again on a few more of these "moles" on other parts of my body. Thanks!

Posted by Donna (Dalton, GA) on 04/13/2007
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I had been reading about Iodine and how it could get rid of different skin lesions, so I decided to give it a try on several Sebaceous Keratoses on my torso, several quite large. It has worked wonderfully. It took about 2 weeks for them to go away, and I applied it 2x a day most days. I put it on with a q-tip and let it dry before getting dressed. I sometimes scratched them lightly first with a emery nail file before applying the iodine. I use the Lugols, because I also take it by drops internally each day.

Posted by Steve (Metairie, Louisiana) on 04/12/2007
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I have had at least 10 moles removed by my dermatologist, and after they were burned off (they usually burn, or freeze them), It took about 2 weeks for the cuts to heal (depending on the depth of the cut). Then, once the skin was basically healed, a pink mark was left behind. After a while (usually a month or two), my color would return and blend in with the surrounding area. Some of the areas that my dermatologist cut left a hole in my skin, which has never filled in. So far, Iodine has removed moles from my skin, but never left any holes (depressions) in my skin.

Posted by Steve (Metairie, Louisiana) on 04/11/2007
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Iodine worked to remove my moles. Make sure to gently scratch (softly) and then apply the iodine. I applied the iodine at least 3X's a day.

Posted by Pinkdamsel (West Orange, Nj) on 07/27/2017
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Thought I would share my research and experience removing moles. I have fair skin and lots of moles all over. The ones that stick out really bother me.

I first learned about Bloodroot from Dr. Andrew Weil; in one of his books he described removing a growth on his dog and later medical students using it to remove moles. This sent me on a hunt for Bloodroot. I ended up purchasing an herbal product I THOUGHT was bloodroot at the time, but turned out not to have that specific ingredient. However, it did work, and apparently by the same mechanism as bloodroot.

It seems like most home remedies for mole removal are one of two types. The acid/caustic products burn the mole as well as any healthy skin they touch. That is why many recommend applying Vaseline or some other protectant to the skin around the mole before using the product. I believe garlic, and possibly ACV and iodine are examples of acid/caustic action. I have not tried any of these, but I would think scarring, etc. might depend on how precisely you apply the acid. Also, some products are stronger than others.

The other type, which includes bloodroot and the herbal product I used (maybe bananas also?), activates an immune response but does not damage healthy skin other than an initial irritation. In a few days the area becomes inflamed, a white ring usually forms around the mole. At that point you stop using the product and a scab forms. Eventually the scab falls off, leaving a crater that over several weeks/months fills in and heals. One theory I have read about how this works is that there is a microbe (virus) in the mole and the product removes the protein covering the microbe hides behind. The immune system then sees the microbe, shrieks “not self” and pushes it out of the body. It isn't the product that removes the mole, it's the immune system that does it and without affecting healthy tissue.

My experience: I purchased Bio-T and tried it on a small protruding mole in my armpit. Nothing happened after several days, I concluded it did not work and forgot about it. Several years later we were packing up to move and I came across the little pot of Bio-T and decided to try again. This time I used an emery board to rough up the mole – the very same mole I had tried before – then put on the Bio-T and a bandaid. Incidentally, they tell you not to use metal (something about changing the pH) or latex bandaids. Anyway, with the initial roughing, it worked as described, except it's never clear to me exactly when the mole “falls out” – it's just a messy little wound until it heals. I have since used it to remove another 6 moles, including 3 on my face (after deciding I would prefer a scar to the mole). Can barely see any scars, and only because I know they are there.

The mole looks worse, sometimes bigger, and very scary during this process unless you know what to expect. At the time I did my research there were a lot of photos on the web of moles in progress, so I did not panic.

I have not yet tried to remove my largest moles – most are on my back in hard-to-reach spots. The largest of all is on my breast, almost dime-size in circumference, and I've been wondering if I should try do a small area at a time. I'm also considering EVOCO; based on testimonials here about moles “rolling off in pieces” this seems like yet a third mechanism, perhaps the gentlest – and slowest! – one.

I'm still dithering ....

Posted by Brainbuster (Indianapolis) on 07/01/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I'm a white male, age 31,135 lbs, 5'7". I have safely and effectively removed dozens of moles, some small as freckles, a few as large as a man's fingernail, and one (on someone else, a woman's neck) about the size of a large pea.

This is more reliable and effective than anything an M.D. can do, and it's about 100 times cheaper.

I simply "roughed up" the mole with either a needle or toothpick or dry toothbrush or emery board (for smoothing fingernails), then, after the surface of the mole is tenderized, cover the mole with bloodroot paste. Then put a bandaid on top.

I've left it alone, and I've also repeated the procedure the next day. It's probably best to just leave it alone. It will turn black, and become a scab, and in a few to a several days, the scab will fall off (the mole just falls off)--leaving a small indent which will heal in a few weeks or a month or two.

The worst that can happen, which is unlikely unless you go crazy and try to rush the process by excessive "roughing up, " is that when the mole is gone there will be a small indentation (still better than a mole).

Garlic and Vitamin A Treatment
Posted by Tassi (Berkeley, Ca) on 09/09/2016
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I just happened to notice this post and feel obliged to comment because of the use of Vitamin A.

Posted by Glenn (Rohnert Park,CA) on 03/31/2007

A nevus is little black pigmented spot on the skin, sometimes called a beauty spot. Mine was flat, about 6-7 mm in diameter and near my neck and slightly elevated. It's been there for probably 20 years.

I dipped a q-tip in 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide and applied it to the nevus only for a few seconds and then mopped the excess with the dry end of the q-tip. It burned a little, especially on later applications. I applied liquid vitamin A a few minutes afterwards to decrease the burning and promote healing. I did 3-4 applications over a period of a week. It fell off completely after a week and has not returned. My wife was very impressed. I'm not recommended this approach, but simply reporting my personal experiment. I've been experimenting with Bill Munro's inhaling approach for a little over a week. It appears to be working well. My energy has just about doubled and I'm breathing much better at night.

Since about 1990, my parents came up with the use of vitamin A to clear up all kinds of flat skin blemishes, from "age spots" to keratoses to moles and perhaps-skin-cancers, and it has worked pretty well. My dad said he heard or read that Vitamin A kills cancer, if you can "get the protein coating that is protecting it off", so he smashed up some fresh garlic and applied it to the spot, having first created a mask to shield the surrounding healthy skin by cutting up some fabric band-aid material (I say fabric band-aids because other band-aids can damage the skin of the face. You may need to experiment.) so as to leave a hole the size of the spot to be treated, and applying the material around the spot.

Then the procedure is:

Put a small heap of well-smashed garlic puree on top of the exposed area and then cover it all with a big enough piece of fabric-band-aid material to hold the garlic mound in place (you may have to practice a time or two to get all this right, at first, and you may have to get creative with how you cut the pieces of sticky stuff and apply it to make the mask).

You are going to leave this on for "overnight" or up to 24 hours -- although the garlic probably loses its effect after 8-10 hours, and that is the best time to take it off. It is good if you have hot enough garlic that you feel a burn, but often there is no sensation at all, and if you do feel a burn it is short-lived and no big deal. In fact, you should press on the mound of garlic when the burning stops and try to sustain the burn-time.

Now, the most important part, after removing the garlic: Have a capsule of vitamin A and a fresh band-aid ready before you remove the garlic and all the band-aid stuff from the skin. (You want vitamin A from fish oil.) Pierce the capsule and as soon as you remove the garlic etc, immediately drip vitamin A on the spot that you treated with the garlic, and then also put some vitamin A on the bandage part of your fresh band-aid and place that over the spot to cover it.

Leave it on for at least a day. After you remove it, you may get a blister. This is good. When the blister dries up and falls off, you will have cleared up the problem. --Sometimes it takes repeating the process a couple of times to completely clear it.

(PS -- I have no idea if this will work for skin tags, BTW. I would try iodine first.) This should go under moles or skin cancers. If I get time, I will add it.

EC: Thank you, Tassi! No need to re-post. We have put your feedback on the moles page (rather than the skin tags page).

Coconut Oil
Posted by Nancy (Bangor, Maine) on 07/24/2009

I had a large mole on my breast, the cost to remove it was rediculous so I decided to try coconut oil. It took about 2 months of keeping the mole saturated with the oil, but it finally just came off in small pieces and has not come back.

Posted by Susan (Port St. Lucie, FL) on 01/16/2009
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Iodine for Mole Removal:

Iodine removed a scarey mole on my neck. I was really worried that it was a form of skin cancer as it was blistery looking, itchy and would turn reddish. I applied Iodine once or twice a day and almost immediately it sort of turned brown and dried up like a scab. Eventually after about 1 week it just flaked off. Iodine definitely works with no pain at all.

ACV, Garlic and Iodine
Posted by Jenjen321 (Edmonds, WA) on 05/30/2009

For those who got burned with the ACV on the skin surrounding the mole, did the redness and irritation finally heal. If so, how long did it take and what did you use to speed it up. Thanks, Jen

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by John (Birmingham, AL) on 03/03/2007
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NOTE: I don't know what the laws are and I don't want to get sued. Use my information at your own risk. I'm just trying to help in any way I can, because NOONE should have to go through what I went through - numbing devastation and fear. If this helps you PLEASE spread the word!

3 skin cancer growths on my face cured in a WEEK of applying Hydrogen Peroxide on them - HOW YOU APPLY could mean the difference between EFFECTIVE, or NOT (read further for detailed explanation). (NOTE: I use a lot of repetition, to make sure you understand exactly what I'm referring to.)

I would definitely recommend trying this before you try bloodroot.

THANK GOD!! WOW! I'm still shocked it worked and it took only a WEEK!!! How is this possible that people don't know about this and a truth so simple is not known by everyone is beyond me.

My story and how I used Hydrogen Peroxide 3% to cure my skin cancers: Over the period of two years two cancerous growths appeared on my face (nose); one of them was growing very slow the other one faster. Then in less then a year another one appeared on my face as well - on the side of my nose very close to my eye. That one was growing at an alarming rate. All those growths hurt with unusual intensity when touched and had tiny veins but they were not moles. They were kind of the color of my skin except more red and at times really red. I applied just about every fruit on them I could think of with what seemed no effect. I was getting worried and felt helpless. I begged God to help me and I searched a lot. I found this great site and read that there have been reports that Hydrogen Peroxide cured melanoma. I was going to try the eggplant and white vinegar remedy, but was worried about the fumes from the vinegar being so close to my eye. So I decided to try the Hydrogen Peroxide first. At first it didn't seem to have any effect at all. I was getting so worried by that point because the spot close to my eye was growing even faster and by then it was about 5 millimeters in diameter and just few months ago it was a tiny spot. In my helplessness.


I took a cotton swab and soaked it in Hydrogen Peroxide and kept rubbing the cancerous growth with the Hydrogen Peroxide soaked cotton swab until the growth was soaked in the Hydrogen Peroxide and was white. It stung badly, but I didn't care, I just wanted these things gone. I was so desperate, my eyes watered every time I looked at the spots on my face. After the soaking of the growths I applied cotton soaked in Hydrogen Peroxide on them. NOTE: when soaking the skin with Hydrogen Peroxide make sure you don't do it to the healthy skin, because even though it is more resistant to getting white and soaked with the Hydrogen Peroxide, it will also get white after a while. If healthy tissue gets white like that, let it air out until it regains its normal color. So do the soaking to the unhealthy tissue only or as close as you can get. After soaking and making it white apply soaked in Hydrogen Peroxide cotton ball on the growth and when the cotton gets dry, wet it with more Hydrogen Peroxide. How it worked was: the soaked cancerous growth after a while formed as crust much like what happens with a normal sore. The strangest thing is I see no scars it flattened it out like it was never there..IN A WEEK!!! Even the fast growing one!! I'M STILL IN SHOCK. I tried SO many things. THANK GOD. THANK GOD!!!

Posted by Charlotte Simpson (England) on 01/15/2022

You should read up on DMSO first before using it as there are many precautions. Once you are educated on it, it will be safe as long as you follow the rules. There is a lot of scaremongering from “professionals” on its use as medical institutions do not want people curing things themselves at home. They would like this to be left up to them. As long as you follow the rules, you will be fine. DMSO is used in hospitals on humans. It has many other names also which can be confusing. DMSO is an amazing healing agent.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Kate (Ontario) on 10/06/2021
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Rosehip oil, jojoba oil and fresh aloe from the plant will reduce any leftover scarring with a few weeks. Just be sure to get good quality oils (i.e., organic, cold pressed) and slather in it after you have a shower when your pores are open. You can do one of these or a combo if all three; apply at least daily or more frequently as desired.

I nuked skin cancer off my cheek with ACV and 35% Hydrogen Peroxide which left a real gnarly burn but after a few weeks of the above, I was right as rain. So much so that by the time my referral to the dermatologist came through, she said my skin looked really healthy and she didn't know why I was there!

Castor Oil
Posted by Lovelia (Malaysia) on 02/28/2016
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Recently, I'd posted about how garlic+castor oil+baking soda worked on my moles. Now, I would strongly suggest on using castor oil to remove moles. I have a mole on my hand and I decided to apply castor oil every day before going to bed and leave it overnight. When I think I'll be free during the day and had not planned on going out anywhere, I thought why not apply castor oil since there's no any planned activities. Then , I realized like about two days , the mole on my hand was raised a bit and I took a pin which has a sharp end and picked the moles out. I was surprised as the scar left was not as bad as the garlic remedy that I had been using before. I strongly recommend y'all to apply castor oil on your moles. Some people said that the moles shrink when they apply castor oil on their skin but my mole didn't . (Maybe because it was a flat mole with diameter 0.3 cm)

Posted by RB (Somewhere in Europe) on 07/18/2022


> if it's safe to use Lugols 15% on moles?

> whether 15% lugols is okay (undiluted) every day.

The 15% undiluted Lugol's will work better than the usual 1,2, or 3% solution of Iodine.

> I did try to apply on a cotton bud but found it almost impossible to get the stuff out of the bottle!

Either you need to pour it into a larger-sized bottle. Or you need to get Q-tips as opposed to trying to use your home-made cotton buds. My smallest 10 ml-sized bottle has an opening of approx. 10.5 mm, and it still works very well with my store-bought Q-tips because the latter ones are only 6 mm in diameter.

> use Vaseline around the surrounding area?

In my experience, if you work with Iodine, there is no need to use Vaseline, as Iodine, or Lugol's, will evaporate or get absorbed trans-dermally in less than 2 days, without causing any damage to the surrounding skin. The only exceptions are nails. Wear protective gloves as Iodine permanently stained one of my toenails many years ago.

> that made it impossible for the iodine to "stick" at all. In the end, I had to try to get some on my finger and dab directly but that resulted in iodine touching a lot of surrounding skin.

Other than protecting your fingernails, I see no issue here. The excess Iodine will evaporate in 2 days or so, and despite your worries, the spilled over Iodine, or Lugol's, will not harm the surrounding skin.

> It did not sting at all, BTW.

If it did not sting, then it failed to work. This is where you need to gently rough up your mole. If you have thin skin, or if you have an open wound, the 15% Lugol's will sting!

> Would really appreciate more detail on how to use the stuff

There have been many who ended up with small scars after they used an emery board, and or nail file. I suggest you play it safe, be gentle on yourself, because the more damage you do to yourself, the more likely it is that there will be a small scar after it heals.

The trick is to break the skin, without actually damaging your skin.

Conversely, if you fail to break the skin, the more likely it is that the mole will remain, despite your time, effort, stress, anxiety and fears in trying to eliminate it.

> Want to use daily on foot moles and raised breast moles and breast mass. Please help someone - need more guidance to get this right.

I hope this will help you, or somebody!

Posted by Emma (Berkeley, CA) on 07/16/2008
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Thanks for the info about using iodine to remove moles. It really works! I bought a $3 bottle of generic tincture of iodine and applied it to the mole 2 or 3 times daily and the moles came off usually within a week! I had one black mole and a few light toned moles and the iodine worked on all of them. Thank you!! This site is great.