What Is The Best Mole Removal Cream?
I grew up with a small growth on my body. I was not bothered because I assumed it was a birthmark. That was before I became a teenager.
During that time, I would try to use my fingers to scratch it, thinking I could remove it. I didn’t hear from any mole removal cream.
When it bothered me so much, I went to a doctor who examined me and told me it was a skin tag.
What piqued my curiosity was when he looked at me and said “Did you think that this is a mole?” And I had to ask, “What is a mole, doctor?”
A mole is one of the many skin conditions (known as lesions) that are common among people.
Others include freckles, skin tags, etc. Moles are formed by the clustering of skin cells during growth.
These skin cells are supposed to be spread throughout the skin and thus give the skin its color.
When the skin cells then group together and form a clump, they usually result in a mole. Moles are usually darker in color than the skin, ranging from red, brown, dark brown to black.
They are also usually small in size, not larger than a quarter of an inch in diameter.
Most moles are benign and frequently occur during childhood to teen years. They do not cause issues to the skin, usually.
However, they become darker after being exposed to sunlight and during pregnancy. Some moles are not raised on the skin when they are newly formed but grow slowly with age.
Aging then makes the mole become raised, and even develop hairs as they change color. Some moles disappear over time as well.
There are different types of moles which include:
Congenital Moles, which are a common type of moles. These are also called birthmarks because they are present at birth. Congenital moles, however, have the greatest risk of becoming cancerous than the other types of moles.
Common Moles, which are the most common type of moles as their name implies. These types of moles are not present during birth, but develop on the skin overtime and can be found anywhere on the body.
They are easily recognizable as they are usually round, small, have a uniform color and may have hairs. Common moles are benign, but individuals that have them have a high risk of developing skin cancer.
Dysplastic or Atypical Moles; the least common type of moles. They can appear on any part of the body, are irregular in shape and the largest in size compared to the other moles.
These kinds of moles can also have different colors and are said to be more common in people that have a high rate of being exposed to the sun.
Atypical moles are over 10 times more likely to develop into skin cancer, especially if there has been a history of skin cancer with a relative.
If you are like me, however, then you might not like the appearance of a mole on your skin.
Also, moles can become itchy, or bleed and become painful; worse still; a mole can start oozing pus. When any of these happen, it is very important and necessary that you see a doctor right away.
Now, I am not trying to make you worried or anxious, but the signs I mentioned above can be warning signs of a skin condition or even worse, skin cancer.
Another reason you might want to see your doctor right away is if you notice a new mole developing on your skin.
Ideally, moles appear between childhood and adulthood up to the age of 25. However, a new mole might develop in adulthood.
The specific cause of the development of new moles had not yet been identified, although studies have named Genetic mutation (changes in the DNA sequence) caused by an interaction between ultraviolet light and DNA.
Now, this might sound a little too technical, so let me just simplify it. You need to see a doctor if you notice a new mole developing on your skin. But how would you know and identify a new mole?
To know or identify moles on your skin, you will need to carry out a skin self-test. This will not only help you to notice changes in old moles but also help you identify new moles as well.
Most moles develop in places you can easily see. However, you might also need to use a mirror to carry out this self-test.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, there are things to look out for when carrying out a skin self-test. This guide is known as the ABCDEs and it includes;
- Asymmetry: This refers to when one half of the mole is different from the other half.
- Border: This means you check out the edges of the mole whether it is smooth or irregular.
- Color: Does the mole have a uniform color? Has it changed color? Or it has a mix of different colors?
- Diameter: This refers to the size of the mole. Is it larger in size?
- Evolution: This means you have to check if there are any changes in the mole since you last checked in terms of size, thickness, shape or color.
Now, if you find something different in your ABCDEs, then head to the hospital as soon as possible.
Most times, there will be a need to remove the mole. Some ways of doing this include Surgery, Excision Biopsy, Laser Treatment, and the use of a mole removal cream.
I will need to sound a note of advice at this point; Do not try a Do-it-Yourself (DIY) remedy to remove your mole!
What is the best cream to remove moles?
Mole Removal Creams have turned out to be the most convenient and least painful method of removing moles.
A mole removal cream is a cream containing ingredients (both organic and chemical) that are effective in removing moles.
Either through drying up the mole or controlling the production of the skin cells that clump together and form the mole.
Many popular Mole Removal Creams are classified based on the quality of their ingredients, their mode of mole removal, and their effectiveness.
- Quality of Ingredients
Mole removal creams can be classified based on the ingredients used in making them.
Sometimes, our skin can react badly to chemical ingredients and you would not want to use something that would cause other problems to the skin after removing the mole (that is, if the mole is removed at all!) Based on this, mole removal creams are classified into two;
- Organic Mole Removal Creams: These creams are made majorly or entirely of natural ingredients which are usually extracted from vitamins and essential oils.
Some popular organic Mole Removal Creams include H-Moles Formula- The Natural Solution, DermaSmooth Plus All-Natural Skin Tag and Mole Remover, Bio-T Topical Ointment for Moles and Warts, Pureauty Naturals Skin Tag and Mole Removal Cream.
- Chemical Mole Removal Creams: Although some mole removal creams contain vitamins and extracts, they are made up majorly of active chemical ingredients that are dermatologically tested and are effective in removing moles.
Some products in this range include Illuminatural 6I Advanced Skin Lightening Cream, HaloDerm Regular Homeopathic Mole and Skin Tag Remover, HaloDerm Advanced Homeopathic Mole and Skin Tag Remover, 75% Trichloroacetic (TCA) Chemical Skin Peel for Tattoos, Moles, Warts, Tags.
When choosing a mole removal cream based on its ingredients, I would advise that you ensure you carry out a skin reactivity test so that you do not purchase a product that can cause a skin reaction on your body.
How do mole removal creams work?
Different Mole Removal Creams work in different ways, which could either be by drying up the mole, soothing the mole inflammation or as an antioxidant that prevents the mole from growing further.
Some others prevent the excessive growth of skin cells and thus control the growth of moles, while some really good mole removal creams do all of these things!
- Drying up the mole: If you need a good mole removal cream that might help to dry up moles, then the HaloDerm Regular Homeopathic Mole and Skin Tag Remover can be a consideration. It majorly contains bloodroot and natural zinc that are known to be antibacterial. These ingredients dry up the mole, making it fall off and leave a scar.
- Soothing the mole inflammation: A good choice that might work is the Thuja Homeopathic Cream. The Thuja Cream is an ointment made majorly from Thuja Tree extract and has antibacterial as well as antiviral properties. It is also safe to use in children due to its mode of mole removal.
- As an antioxidant that prevents the growth of moles: Some mole removal creams work as antioxidant which prevents the growth of moles. One good product I would recommend in this category is the SkinPro Extreme Skin Tag and Mole Corrector.
This product is made up of salicylic acid and tea tree oil. The salicylic acid works as an antioxidant and works on the mole from the outside to the inside, producing a stinging sensation when applied. This cream also prevents moles from growing again.
- Preventing Excessive Growth of Skin cells: Moles are formed by the clustering of skin cells. A great mole remover that may help to prevent the growth of skin cells is the Illuminatural 6I Advanced Skin Lightening Cream.
This cream contains 5 active ingredients, as well as natural plant extracts and refined minerals.
This cream actively prevents the formation of skin cells, thus reducing the growth of moles. This cream might also make your skin look healthier after removing the mole.
- All Modes of Removal: One product that promises all the modes of mole removal that I mentioned above is H-Moles Formula- The Natural Solution. This product is made of all-natural ingredients such as Phytolacca, Calendula, Thuja extracts, lavender oil, sesame seed oils and other essential oils.
This product is a great choice because each ingredient has its own action that it carries out on the mole.
So this mole removal cream dries up the mole, soothes inflammation and prevents the mole from growing again, and also serves as an antioxidant.
Effectiveness of the Mole Removal Cream
When it comes to how effective a mole removal cream is, people usually relate it to the time it takes to “solve the mole problem” as well as how much the cream prevents a regrowth of the mole, especially at the same spot.
As much as the cream is the most convenient method of removing a mole, it can be quite disheartening to use a cream that is not very effective.
I am sure it would even be more disheartening to see a mole grow again at the same spot where the former mole was.
I should mention at this stage that no removal cream works instantly! So, do not purchase a mole removal cream and expect it to magically “erase” that mole in 3 seconds.
Ideally, a mole removal cream should start working from a day to a month. Some creams even take a few months before removing moles.
The tip with the effectiveness of mole removal creams is that they are only as effective as their ingredients.
Some ingredients (like Salicylic acid) are quite harsh on the skin (due to their acidity) and would take action on the mole faster than some mole removal creams that are made of natural ingredients.
How much does it cost for a mole removal cream?
I am sure you most likely said “Finally!” as soon as you saw this. Once the word “product” is mentioned to some people, the next thing they think about is “budget” or “how much?”
The price of a mole removal cream can be linked to its effectiveness, though this is not always the case.
Some creams are very expensive, costing as much as $50 while some are considered to be of a fair price (between $20 and $40).
Whatever product you buy, ensure it is within your budget and it is effective. With mole removal creams, you can almost never go wrong.
Finally, I will like to advice that you carefully read reviews on mole removal creams before making that purchase.
And while in the process of buying, ensure you read the indications as well as the active ingredients.
With mole removal creams, “what you see is what you get”, so ensure you choose the most suited product and when you do, make that purchase.