The fear of a mole removal scar can stand in the way of getting a mole removed. However, what most people don’t know is that a mole removal scar can be prevented if the right steps are taken before you start removing a mole. A big factor in whether or not you end up with a mole removal scar is what technique you use to remove the mole.Have a look at Mole Removal for more info on this.
Surgical removal will get rid of your mole in one office visit. However, this speedy procedure will also cause the most abuse to the skin and therefore is the most likely to result in a mole removal scar. If your biggest concern is scarring and if your mole is located on your face or on another area of your body that is difficult to cover up, I recommend you look into natural remedies for getting rid of a mole.
These remedies give you more control and you can monitor the mole as it is fading from your skin. This allows you to “abort mission” if anything looks out of the ordinary and helps you avoid a permanent scar.
3 Simple Ways to Use Natural Remedies and Avoid a Mole Removal Scar
1. Pick the right natural remedy. There are many effective natural remedies to remove a mole. The general idea is to apply a mildly corrosive substance to the mole using multiple applications so the cells of the mole die.
This leaves you vulnerable to burns on the skin if you apply the remedy too often or without following the recommendations. You can lessen your risk of a mole removal scar by choosing a less abrasive compound. Many natural remedies have you use an acidic juice to get rid of the mole. However, you can use certain vegetable oil derivatives to remove a mole. These tend to be milder on your skin and are often included in products such as lip balms and shampoos because they soften skin and hair.
Another consideration is that with natural remedies, it is a good idea to prep the mole by gently scratching the surface. This allows for the active ingredient to more easily penetrate into the heart of the mole and speeds removal. Be sure to use only sterile items on the mole and follow a plan for prepping the mole so you avoid infection and a mole removal scar.
2. Protect the skin surrounding the mole to avoid a mole removal scar. A problem many people find is that the natural remedy they use on their mole causes a burn of the skin surrounding the mole. This can result in a mole removal scar that looks like a red or sometimes white ring around the area where the mole used to be.
This can be easily avoided by applying a fine layer of Vaseline or a similar petroleum jelly based products around the base of the mole. This layer of protection is enough to keep the corrosive substance contained to the mole and should help you avoid a mole removal scar.
Many natural remedies recommend covering the mole with a bandage after applying the removal product. The layer of Vaseline can prevent a small bandage from sticking to your skin. If a large bandage is appropriate, this is not a problem.
However, if your mole is on your face, neck, or chest, you may feel self-conscious using a large bandage. I like to use the small square Band-Aids that are clear. I then apply the Vaseline using a small make-up applicator that has a sponge tip like you might use to apply eye make-up.
3. After care is important especially for the first few weeks to prevent or diminish a mole removal scar. As the area of skin heals, it may look pink compared to the surrounding skin. This can be thought of as new skin and should be cared for.
You can buy an over-the-counter scar minimizing cream but they can be expensive. A less expensive, but just as effective alternative is to use a skin cream that contains Vitamin E. Other useful ingredients to minimize the appearance of a mole removal scar include shea butter or cocoa butter.
Sun should also be a concern for you after you remove a mole. Sun is very damaging to your skin and can intensify a mole removal scar. You should keep the area covered when outdoors for at least the first month. This can be with a bandage or with a high SPF sunscreen, such as an SPF 50.