Moles are small collections of pigmented cells that are visible as spots on the skin’s surface, according to Mayo Clinic. Moles are usually dark brown in color, but they can come in any color. Typically, moles are harmless, but at times they can turn malignant. Many people also opt for mole removal due to cosmetic reasons. While it is safer to go to a dermatologist for professional removal of moles, some people try to use home kits to remove moles. While some products may work, there are chances of side effects, according to a UK-based career and networking site for nurses, ProNurse. Removing moles at home can cause scarring, skin irritation, and in rare instances even skin cancer.
Home Removal Kits for Moles
Mole removal kits for use at home normally come with a cream or lotion. Before application of the cream or lotion, the mole must be scratched with a needle or emery board.
Before any mole is removed, a dermatologist will first analyze it. A mole that has a strange shape, color, or size may need more testing to rule out cancer. When a person removes a mole at home, any evidence of malignant cells is also removed and the dermatologist has no basis for analyzing the mole. This can, at times, result in a secondary tumor, which could have been prevented had the first mole been analyzed.
When a person visits a dermatologist for removing a mole, the dermatologist makes sure that all steps are taken so that scarring is minimal. However, when a person tries to remove a mole at home, the skin could come off along with the mole. This could result in severe scarring. If this happens, the person would have to undergo a corrective surgery, which is more expensive than a professional mole removal procedure.
Lotions or creams that come with home removal kits are not formulated for all skin types. As a result, when a person uses these lotions or creams, they could cause skin irritation. Furthermore, as moles are of different shapes, sizes, and textures, it is impossible to find the type of home removal kit that will effectively remove a mole. A dermatologist is qualified to figure out the right procedure to remove a particular mole.
Rather than taking a risk with a home mole removal kit, it is best to visit a dermatologist for an initial consultation. During this visit, the dermatologist will check the mole and suggest which removal method is best suited for a particular mole. There are several options to remove moles, such as surgical excision or surgical shaving. The Mayo Clinic also suggests using makeup to hide moles.