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(Last Updated On: September 26, 2021)

Do you know that it’s normal to have around 10-40 moles on your body by the time you’re 25? I know, sounds troubling because you want to keep your skin smooth and fair. Unfortunately, it’s quite impossible to keep blemishes away for long, because age and sun damage are the most common reasons why our skin gets damaged.

Even though in most cases, these spots are completely harmless, they are not pretty to look at in the mirror. I would say that you have to like yourself as you’re and not change due to pressure or worries about what society and people think about you. But if they bother you too much, we are going to talk about seven mind-blowing home remedies for moles.

Before we delve into the world of natural remedies, we will talk about how moles appear and what their signs and symptoms are. I urge you, however, if you find a suspicious spot on your body, to turn to your doctor for advice. Do not use these home remedies if you’re not sure that you’re dealing with moles.

What causes moles?

As I already informed you, it’s normal to have a lot of moles on your body. What you also need to know is that most of these patches appear during childhood and adolescence. But moles also can be present at birth, and they are common in every race and every skin color. Even animals have them.

But what causes these spots to appear on your skin? Well, the medical term for moles is melanocytic nevus. They occur because something goes wrong with your melanocyte – the cells responsible for the pigmentation of your skin, which reside at the bottom layer of the epidermis.

Here’s how it goes. Usually, the melanocytes are spread throughout the skin. However, sometimes they grow into a cluster, instead of spreading as they should. So, when melanocytes form a cluster, a mole appears. We can think about moles as an overgrowth of skin cells, a benign one.

Why that happens is something of a mystery, so specialists don’t know the exact mechanics behind it. It hasn’t been studied so extensively because everybody gets moles and they are usually completely harmless. But several factors might contribute to the appearance of moles:

  • ​Exposure to sunlight
  • ​Genes
  • ​Type of skin

Moles are more common in people with fair skin than people with a tan, which is not a surprise because the lighter your skin, the more vulnerable it is to damage.

Now, you might be wondering what the difference is between moles and sunspots. Sunspots are the direct result of sun damage, which causes the melanocytes to increase the production of melatonin – hence, your skin turns dark.

To summarize – moles are not the result of excess melatonin production, but of melanocytes piling up together.

Signs and symptoms of moles

The question is how to recognize moles from other skin spots, right? Sunspots are very close to moles in appearance. However, they are not usually raised. Warts look like cauliflower, caused by a virus, while skin tags look like a piece of hanging skin.

What Does a Mole Look Like?

What do Moles look like

  • ​Are usually brown or black
  • ​Could be flat, raised, or hairy
  • ​Can change with time – they can grow bigger, get darker, or disappear
  • Can appear anywhere on the body, but most often on sun-exposed areas
  • Are usually no bigger than the head of a pencil eraser

There are three types of moles

  • ​Congenial nevi – moles present at birth, which have a slightly higher chance of turning into cancer
  • ​Dysplastic nevi – moles bigger than the head of a pencil eraser with irregular borders. They tend to be hereditary and have an increased chance of becoming cancerous
  • ​Acquired moles – those who appear during childhood and adolescence and are related to sun exposure

The biggest concern about moles is that they could turn into cancer. So you have to pay close attention to your body. As a rule of thumb, any new moles that appear after you turn 30 are worth a visit to the dermatologist.

Also, you should keep in mind the ABCDE characteristics when observing your moles:

  • ​Asymmetry – for example, one half of the spot, doesn’t match the other
  • ​Border – irregular borders are a sign of concern
  • ​Color – a mixture of colors is bad news
  • Diameter – bigger than a pencil eraser
  • Evolution – change in shape, size, or color

If you notice any of these signs, immediately make an appointment with your dermatologist. Skin cancer – melanoma – is very curable if caught early on.

Home treatments for moles

7 Quick & Easy Home Remedies for Moles that will Work

How to get rid of skin moles is the question you’re probably wondering about, right?. Well, the first thing you have to do before attempting to remove it is to go to the doctor to have it evaluated and biopsied, if necessary.

Don’t ever attempt the home remedies for moles that I’m going to propose if you are not 100% certain that the mole is not cancerous. If it is, you risk doing more damage to your body because cancer might spread.

Also, do not try to cut the mole with a razor blade. You’ll probably get an infection and a thick scar.

1. Garlic has amazing skin benefits


One of the best ways to deal with moles at home is to use garlic. Garlic contains enzymes, which will break up the cluster of cells that lead to the appearance of the mole. What’s more, garlic has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which also makes it an excellent choice for treating acne and eczema.

Necessary ingredients:

  1. A clove of garlic
  2. Mortar and pestle
  3. A bandage
  4. Rubbing alcohol
  5. Petroleum jelly


  1. Get one garlic clove.
  2. Crush it using the mortar and pestle.
  3. Place the crushed garlic on the mole.
  4. Apply a bandage.
  5. Leave it for at least four hours or overnight.
  6. Remove the bandage.
  7. Sterilize the area with rubbing alcohol.
  8. Apply petroleum jelly to the surrounding skin to keep irritation away.
  9. Repeat the process until the mole scabs and disappears.

Notes: Applying garlic to your skin might cause burning sensation, redness, and irritation. In case, the burning increases, stop the treatment, wash the area with water, and apply the cream to soothe the skin. Do not use garlic, if you have sensitive skin.

2. Apple cider vinegar is the “king” of natural remedies


You’ll hardly find a home remedy list without it mentioning apple cider vinegar. There is an excellent reason for that. Thanks to the anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of the ACV, it’s perfect for treating various skin conditions, while its acidic nature balance the PH levels of the skin.

But what makes it perfect for getting rid of skin moles? Its acidic properties will burn the spot and scab it over so that it will fall off after a couple of days.

Here are two ways to use apple cider vinegar for treating moles:

Necessary ingredients:

  1. Apple cider vinegar
  2. Cotton balls
  3. Bowl
  4. Medical tape
  5. Water


  1. Pour some of the vinegar into the bowl.
  2. Get a cotton ball and soak it in the liquid.
  3. Apply the cotton ball to the mole.
  4. Secure with medical tape.
  5. Leave it overnight.
  6. In the morning, clean the area with water.
  7. Repeat the process for at least ten days.

Alternatively, you can use an emery board to scrape the surface of the mole:

Necessary ingredients:

  1. An emery board
  2. Apple cider vinegar
  3. Rubbing alcohol
  4. A bowl
  5. Cotton balls


  1. Start by disinfecting the emery board thoroughly.
  2. Lightly scrape the surface of the mole with the emery board.
  3. Pour a little vinegar in the bowl.
  4. Soak a cotton ball in the liquid.
  5. Apply to the mole.
  6. Wait for it to dry.
  7. Repeat

Notes: Just like garlic, apple cider vinegar might cause redness and irritation. If you notice that the burning sensation gets worse, stop immediately and wash the area with water. If you decide to use the second method, you should be very careful. Scrapping the mole with an emery board can lead to infections.

3. Baking soda and castor oil are a great combination

baking soda

If there is one remedy that is even more popular than apple cider vinegar that is, undoubtedly, baking soda, which is said to prevent/cure even life-threatening conditions like cancer. But is baking soda a wise choice to try to get rid of skin moles? The answer is yes, especially in combination with castor oil.

Both baking soda and castor oil contain enzymes, which will be useful for breaking up the cluster of cells and lightening the skin. What’s more, using castor oil will promote skin healing so that you’re less likely to end up with a scar.

Necessary ingredients:

  1. Baking soda
  2. A bowl
  3. Castor oil
  4. A tablespoon
  5. A bandage


  1. Measure half a tablespoon of baking soda
  2. Pour it into the bowl.
  3. Add two-three drops of castor oil.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Apply the concoction to the mole.
  6. Cover with a bandage.
  7. Leave it overnight.
  8. Remove the bandage in the morning.
  9. Clean the area with water.
  10. Repeat the process.

Note: Your skin might turn slightly red, which is normal. However, if the discomfort persists, cease the treatment. Keep in mind that this method needs time to work so that you might have to apply the mixture for about a month.

4. Banana peels contain natural acids

banana peel

Bananas are not just a tasty fruit, which is rich in potassium. As strange as it might sound, banana peels can help you in your battle against mole. They contain powerful enzymes such as phytochemicals, carotenoids, polyphenols, which will dry the mole and remove it from your skin.

So, you can kill two hairs with one stone – have a healthy breakfast and deal with an embarrassing skin problem. What’s more, you are at no risk of damaging sensitive areas or ending up with a scar.

Necessary ingredients:

  1. Bananas
  2. Tape
  3. A knife


  1. Take a banana and peel it.
  2. Eat the banana (optional).
  3. Use the knife to cut a small piece of the banana peel large enough to cover the mole.
  4. Secure it with a bandage or scotch tape.
  5. Leave it cover overnight.
  6. In the morning, repeat the process until the mole disappears.

Notes: Banana peels are also useful for removing warts and wrinkles.

5. Iodine is an excellent choice for mole removal

Another effective home remedy for moles is iodine tincture. Regular application will trigger the destruction of the cluster cells responsible for the appearance of the mole. Just ensure that you buy a 5% solution from the drug store.

Necessary ingredients:

  1. Iodine tincture
  2. A bandage
  3. Water


  1. Clean the mole with warm water and pat the spot dry.
  2. Get the iodine and pour 1-2 drops on the mole.
  3. Cover it with a bandage and leave it overnight.
  4. Repeat the process daily.

Notes: Iodine might burn your skin if you use too much of it at once. In case you start to feel great discomfort, stop applying it to the skin and seek medical advice. I also recommend that you apply petroleum jelly to the skin surrounding the mole to prevent iodine damage.

6. Lemon juice has bleaching properties

lemon juice

If you want to remove a dark spot from your skin, one of the easiest ways to do it will be to use lemon juice. It slows down the production of melanin, the pigment that makes your skin dark so that the newly growing cells will be lighter.

You might have used lemon juice to lighten your hair, so you’d know how effective it is. Here’s how to use it for skin whitening and removing moles:

Necessary ingredients:

  1. Lemons
  2. Juicer
  3. Cotton balls
  4. Bandage /adhesive tape/
  5. A bowl


  1. Extract the juice from one lemon.
  2. Pour it into a bowl.
  3. Soak a cotton ball into the liquid.
  4. Apply it on the mole.
  5. Secure a bandage over it.
  6. Remove it after 20 minutes.
  7. Repeat daily

Notes: Avoid sun exposure after you’ve applied lemon juice because it can irritate and damage the skin.

7. Onion juice for mole-free skin

red onion

Another common kitchen ingredient you can use if you’re wondering how to get rid of skin moles is onion juice. It has natural acidic properties, which will cause the mole to scab over and fall. What’s more, onion juice is relatively safe to use and will cause minimal discomfort.

Necessary ingredients:

  1. Onions
  2. Cotton swabs
  3. A bowl
  4. Water


  1. Start by extracting the onion juice into a bowl.
  2. Get a cotton swab and dip it into the bowl.
  3. Apply to the mole.
  4. Wait 30 minutes.
  5. Rinse with water.
  6. Repeat.

Notes: You can also mix onion juice with apple cider vinegar, apply it to the skin, and leave it overnight.

How to prevent moles?

One of the best ways to ensure that your skin is free of moles or other blemishes is to protect it from the harmful UV rays and take good care of it. Here are some tips to follow:

  • ​Do not go outside between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is the strongest.
  • ​Use sunscreen regularly and apply it at least 30 minutes before going out.
  • ​Make sure that you have the right sunscreen. Experts recommend one with a sun-protecting factor of at least 15 and one that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Remember to reapply the lotion every two hours.
  • Wear hats, sunglasses, long-sleeved blouses to avoid exposure to the sun rays.
  • Do not use tanning beds because they increase the chance of skin damage.

Moles are harmless as long as you keep an eye on them and stay vigilant for any change. They can disappear on their own, but they can also change color due to hormones or ​pregnancy. Again I stress out that you should not try any home remedies for moles if you are not certain about the nature of the spot.

What do you think about these fascinating home remedies for moles? Have you ever tried them? How did you deal with your moles? Share in the comments.

A beauty professional, Cory Fang earned her two-year diploma in Beauty and Skin Care before going on to study Reflexology, Somatology, and electrical face and body treatments.She is committed to her client's well-being, and after working at a local beauty business for three years, she went into business for herself four years ago. A proponent on peels, skin needling, facials, and basic home care, she knows what it takes to keep skin and the body healthy.

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