I've heard of all sorts of treatments ranging from apple cider vinegar, castor oil/baking soda, iodine, garlic...
Edit: I did have "bloodroot paste" on here but after some research on the pastes effects on moles and cancerous skin bumps, I decided to remove it. Apparently the pure paste can have a side effect on some skin. Which leaves the mole where the paste applied a deep crater filled with infection and puss. I even saw a picture of a man who had a tumor on his nose and used pure bloodroot paste on it, it infected the thing and swelled his nose and made it all red and in the end disfigured his nose by leaving a giant gaping hole in the side of the nostril when the paste ate through the cartilage and skin!
I know the dermatrend brand mole remover has in fact bloodroot paste in it but I believe this to be a diluted paste instead of pure. Either way I'm not going to be using or documenting ANY products that contain bloodroot. As they say, better safe than sorry.
And I am not here to promote one product over another, I am simply comparing each products ingredients and researching the ingredients nature and side effects. Like I was saying dermatrend includes a black salve (bloodroot) see for yourself: ****
Scroll down to "Ingredients" and you will find: Sanguinera Canadensis (Bloodroot paste), vegetable glycerin (coconut oil) , mineral salts, distilled water.
Now, whether bloodroot is capable of doing such damage to the skin is beyond me, for all I know it works very well but companies are hoaxing it to make it seem bad. But like I said earlier I would rather not find out if the side effects are true or not.
So anyway, the only "natural home remedy" I've tried was the apple cider vinegar and I was testing it on a raised black mole on my arm. It did shrink the mole so it wasn't raised but it never got rid of it, probably because I stopped treatment; my skin was to irritated. And also probably because the acidity was only 5% (I heard you need at least 8%), any more than 5% and my skin would mutate or something =p.
But I'm not a weekend warrior, I'm here UNTIL I get these facial imperfections removed with a non-surgical home remedy one way or another. This thread will be kind of like a journal for me that way maybe somebody with the same problem as me will come across this and it will help them.
I'm going to start with baking soda/castor oil method but I heard you only use it on raised moles, not flat ones. Regardless I think I've heard the most success with this technique, so I'll give it a test run and try on a small flat light-tan mole on my face, and a darker brown (VERY slightly raised) one on my neck.
If this yields results I will continue to use on other moles. If not I will move onto Iodine, if that somehow doesn't manage to do anything then I will try a product called "***" which is a mole/wart remover that can be ordered online, and even better it is bloodroot free.
Any comments and criticism is welcome because make no mistake, I am NOT giving up and and I AM going to get rid of these things! I urge anyone who has ever felt embarrassed by these imprefections to post and share your experiences, problems, and cures you've tried.
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I ran to walmart today and picked up some USP Castor Oil and a box of 500g Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. I didn't know what the exact proportions were but was told that it should be a gum type viscosity. I stored the paste in a plastic film container.
I plan on applying the paste 2-3 times a day on my days off and once before bed on work days since I won't have time to apply throughout the day.
Since I've seen a few smaller moles pop up over last year I researched more on it and read that new moles are caused by a potassium deficiency, a nurse told me the same thing when she saw the white dots on my finger nails.
Thus I am going to start taking:
-1 tablespoon of 5% apple cider vinegar a day (This stuff is horrid but has loads of potassium)
-1 Vitamin E Pill in the morning
-1 Potassium Pill in the morning
Day 1 - Sunday, January 06 , 2008
Even though I said I would test the paste on a few moles I skipped that and went ahead to applying to the lot of them. I scratched the round black moles (slightly raised) on my neck with one end of a pair of scissors and then applied the castor/baking soda paste on about 5-6 of them. The area became quite red. I also did the same thing to about 4-5 very small flat tan-ish brown moles on the side of my face.
20-25 minutes later the moles on my neck sting and are a little swollen; there is also a small round ring of redness around each one. The small flat moles on the side of my head however do not sting and are not very red. I will try to scratch them harder and re-apply the paste.
Update: I made sure to scratch a little harder this time on the flat moles on the side of my face and re-applied paste, did the same thing to the ones on my neck. It burns, A LOT now. Its almost unbearable, but I hope this is a sign that it's working!
No noticeable differences to the moles yet!
Update: While I was reading online a strange idea popped into my head. I decided to head into the kitchen and grab the bottle of Apple cider vinegar I had used a couple months ago. I decided to grab an ear swab and dip it into the ACV and then dab it onto the moles I had applied the paste to.
Instantly on contact the ACV started bubbling and fizzing. I applied decided to do this to all the moles I applied the paste to. And they all bubbled and fizzed once in contact with the apple cider vinegar.
A side note I noticed it stung really bad once I put it on there. Well anyway I hope this was significant and I still don't know why I decided to do that but I hope it helps.
I have one more treatment of paste left before bed so this is the last update for today.
Day 2 - Monday, January 07 , 2008
Well I woke up this morning and checked everything out and I can kind of see some of the moles are indeed very slightly smaller; but nothing real significant. They are a lot darker to. This is a work day for me so I won't be doing 3 treatments per day until the weekend. Only 1 treatment before bed.
Another side note that the redness around the moles has gone down a little , but there is still a small ring of red around each of the moles around my neck and side of my face. It is kind of noticeable but who cares, I'd rather look bad for a couple of weeks than still have these on my face for many more years.
I thought about putting some ACV on them before I left but if anyone doesn't know its some strong smelling liquid so I decided not to.
Well, I will give an update later tonight.
As far as the topic goes, I am currently trying ACV on one of my moles. While it is causing some minor irritation to the skin, it seems to be doing the job.
Basically you gently scratch or rough up the mole with an emery board and then apply the WMV solution onto the mole. It has a small stinging feeling that doesn't even hurt at all. You place a band aid over it afterwards and within a few days it's already scabbed over. About a week and a half later without even realizing the scab will just fall off and your mole will be completely gone as if it were never there to begin with.
It's kind of expensive though since they give you only a tiny spec of solution for $79.99 which is enough to remove 2 very large moles or about 4-5 small ones. I removed a huge mole on my back and one of my head VERY easily. I was seriously dumbfounded at the fact that it actually worked without any surgery or anything. There was no scar left over and all that was there after all was said and done was my own beautifully clean normal colored skin.
I also suggest to those who are using apple cider vinegar or any other natural remedy that they rough up the mole before applying anything to it. The way a mole is killed is by attacking the root of the mole in the center of it. If you just apply stuff to the top of it its not going to get rid of it. You need to rough it up with either an emery board or a small sharp tool to scratch it gently. This allows any solution to seep into the mole and get deep down to the root of it. That way it kills the cells where the mole starts and works its way up.
With the WMV cream the mole will turn really black and a tiny bit of skin around the mole will be reddish but its not a big deal. It doesnt damage your skin and only attacks the mole. After the process is done the entire area just looks like blank clean skin. COULDNT BE HAPPIER!!
but all i usually find is that apple cider vinigar.
so i guess i'll use that.
im glad i found this,though.
im embarrassed as well about the moles on my face.
i have one on my forehead between my eyebrows,
anyways, without it i would look SO much better.
--i hope that apple cider vinigar works for me. %-)
ACV = Acid
Mixed together = Bubbles (Acid + Base) .. probably not going to have the same effect.
ACV by itself worked *great* for me. Scratched the surface with rough sandpaper, got a bandaid, soaked the cottony/compress part in ACV then applied over the mole. Left it there overnight .. within a week, had shrunk, gone scabby and fallen off. The redness takes another week, depending on how fast you normally heal, I guess.
I just used standard supermarket ACV too, not the organic stuff with the mother still in it.
2 thumbs up!
but just a quick question, does the ACV method work well on flat black moles? I have HEAPS of embarrassing flat black moles all over my body and on my face! I'm always too embarrassed to look up when I'm walking in public because of my black moles on the face, they're very noticeable! So I always walk with my head down. I have this 1 big black mole on the side of my chin which I am particularly embarrassed about...I've had this mole since childhood & I've always wanted to get rid of it!