Moles of any type are generally unwelcome intruders, especially if they show up on the face or a highly visible part of the body.
A few moles are sometimes valued as “beauty marks, ” and most of the smallest and hardest-to-see moles tend to draw very little attention. But when flat moles pop up on your face or when they get relatively large and problematic, it makes sense to do everything you can to eliminate them.
But you can’t just cut or pick off a mole by yourself, nor can you scrub it off. There are, however, many well-proven methods for removing flat moles, including both professional and at-home treatments.
Don’t just guess on how to get rid of a flat mole, don’t assume you need surgery since most moles can be cured at home, and don’t just give up and assume that flat moles can’t be successfully treated – they can!
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What is a Flat Mole?
Some moles are large, bulky, almost spherical, or bumpy and irregularly shaped. But flat moles are, unsurprisingly “flatter, ” if not 100% “flat.” They are dark spots on the skin that almost everyone has.
In fact, the average US adult is thought to have somewhere between 10 and 40 flat moles on his or her body. And most of these are harmless, tiny, out of sight, and simply not a problem.
But flat moles can also take hold on the chin, forehead, cheeks, nose, near the eyes, or in other conspicuous locations on the face. They may also appear on the hands, arms, neck, legs, or elsewhere and become an aesthetic detraction.
Thankfully, very few flat moles are cancerous, but since they’re not always benign, it’s a good idea to get your moles tested every so often.
Moles develop on the skin quite naturally, due to the aging process and from exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. And flat moles are sometimes called “melanocytes” because their dark coloration results from conglomerations of the skin pigmentation known as “melanin.”
Diagnosing flat moles is relatively easy. They range in color from brown to black, are fairly flat to the skin, and can be oval to round. They are generally small, as in a few millimeters across.
Facial flat moles are usually the ones people are concerned about removing, and almost always for purely aesthetic purposes. But the methods mentioned below for removing flat moles apply regardless of exact location.
You will find that there are ways to remove moles naturally, via over the counter skin care products, and through laser treatments. Read more about laser mole removal here!
You can find a host of topical creams for removing flat moles at your local drug store or grocery store, some of the best ones being:
- HaloDerm, a cream that takes about a week with good results virtually guaranteed. This is both a facial and body cream and is very affordable.
- Wart & Mole Vanish, which as the name implies, helps rid you of warts and all types of moles instead of just flat moles.
- Bio-T Topical Ointment. This is an ointment as opposed to a cream, technically, but it will eradicate moles within a week just the same.
- Thuja Homeopathic Cream Ointment. This flat mole removal product uses pure, high-grade essential oils and is 100% chemical free!
It’s great if you can eliminate your flat moles at home with the products mentioned above or with similar products. They are very easy to use, don’t leave scars, and have no side effects. Plus, they are not going to cost as much as professional mole removal by a dermatologist.
However, there are tough cases where laser removal by the experts is worthwhile. If you have a painful mole or one that do-it-yourself treatments continually fail to cure, you need to take special care and may need professional help.
If you would rather tackle your flat moles using home remedies instead of store-bought products, here are 6 of the best natural methods to try:
- Fresh garlic. Apply freshly crushed garlic to your moles, and they should immediately lighten up and, eventually, disappear. Further details can be found here.
- Castor oil. Castor oil takes months to get rid of flat moles, but it does a thorough job and leaves no scars. Read more here.
- Aloe vera. Squeeze some aloe vera gel out of a fresh-plucked leaf and onto your mole. Do it three times daily for 30 days, and the mole will be gone.
- Raw honey. The antibacterial enzymes present in honey are capable of removing flat moles in a safe, effective manner.
- Onion juice. Your moles probably have as many layers as an onion, and the juice of an onion can safely strip them away one by one – scar free!
- Dandelion roots. The sticky milk drawn from the roots of dandelions has long been a folk remedy for numerous skin abnormalities, including flat moles.
There are many other proven methods of doing mole removal at home that you can explore by following the provided link. Don’t give up easily because what works for one may not work for everyone. Sooner or later you’ll likely find a remedy that works.
Can I Remove Flat Moles With IPL?
Laser treatment is one of the best ways to remove flat moles, and while it’s usually done in a dermatologist’s office, there are actually now some anti-mole lasers you can use at home.
But probably the most popular flat mole laser treatment is IPL. IPL stands for “intense pulsed light” and is on the cutting edge of modern cosmetic lasers.
In many cases, dermatologists will not recommend laser removal of moles. It depends on whether the mole can be removed more easily another way and on whether laser removal would likely leave a scar, based on the structure of the mole.
Be aware that IPL laser removal of a mole also removes the possibility of testing a mole to see if it’s cancerous. So you should have that done at the time the mole is removed. It’s not positive if the only evidence you had melanoma is removed but you still have melanoma.
But, on the other hand, moles removed via IPL usually grow back years later anyway. At that point, you would simply have them removed again.
It takes 3 sessions, usually, to remove flat moles by IPL laser. At first, the mole’s dark color is lightened. But by session three, the laser pulses have safely destroyed all of the mole tissue, leaving only a scab that will quickly shed off.
An alternative to IPL is having a mole surgically removed and then sutured so it never comes back. Both options are pretty pain-free and both work well.
Before and After
How will I look after my flat moles have been removed? That’s a question you’re likely to ask before you commit to any form of treatment.
Given enough time and use of the right techniques, you should be able to clear your face or other body areas of moles 100% in most cases. It’s all a matter of how serious you are about it.
The bonus is that many of the skin care products that help remove flat moles will also get rid of warts and numerous other skin imperfections. You should end up not only free of flat moles but with very smooth and healthy skin!
Five Best Tips, According to Experts
There are near-endless possible flat mole removal methods you could try, but here are some of the approaches most widely recommended by experts:
- Apply petroleum jelly to the skin surrounding your flat moles, while applying apple cider vinegar on the moles themselves. This will eventually help eradicate them and help keep them from spreading in the meantime.
- Put baking soda paste (mixed with water) on the mole and cover with a band-aid. Do this twice a day, and the mole will often fall off within a few days.
- For moles that seem to have shallower roots, tea tree oil is an effective treatment. Its anti-bacterial properties have a powerful effect on moles.
- For moles with deeper roots, regularly use iodine. Iodine will gradually penetrate the mole’s layers until it finally removes the whole mole.
- Consider surgical removal for the most stubborn moles. A surgeon can use a scalpel to quickly (but carefully) remove flat moles without leaving scars. For deeper, darker moles, stitches will be needed following surgery, but cauterization is enough for shallow moles that are surgically removed. Laser surgery is also a good option so long as the mole is not too large or too raised up above the skin.
For more on how to get rid of moles on your face, visit the linked page. But otherwise, the above-given information should be enough to get you started.
Remember that it’s normal to have flat moles and normal to want to get rid of them. There are many safe, effective options out there. Be willing to explore them step by step and get professional help if you need it.
You can find further details of Types of moles here.