This is our personal story of how we removed a mole. We are not medical professionals, nor should this post be construed as medical advice.
Written by Mr. Crumbs
Ah, the internet – the strange place where you can read the news, communicate with friends, buy blueprints on how to build an airplane, get scammed out of your life savings, read about my ten day water fast, how I healed a spider bite using a potato, plan meals (with LOTS of organic food) for less than $100 a week and today: learn how to remove a mole… using apple cider vinegar.
It gets weirder and weirder doesn’t it?
What’s even weirder is that we documented this process with pictures.
So why post this? Mrs. Crumbs and I have come to really like using apple cider vinegar (ACV) for a variety of reasons and felt that it deserved its own mini-series outlining some of the benefits of this miracle liquid.
(I’m also a pretty skeptical person, and it’s always fun to try new or weird things to see if they actually work!)
THE MOLE (before)
If the look on my face didn’t give it away, I’m not exactly thrilled about having these “epic” photos on the internet. But it is important to display the magnitude of how large this mole had grown over the years. I’m also willing to suffer for the greater good of everyone else removing their moles at home.
For as long as I can remember, this mole started out as a tiny speck near my ear. Obviously it has grown substantially over my 30+ years on earth.
This mole constantly got in the way of haircuts and would ALWAYS get nicked by clippers. It also caused my hair to grow sideways – yes, parallel with the ground (which was very annoying). Just a few days after a haircut, there would be 3 or 4 hairs sticking far out of my head because of this mole!
To make matters worse, every year I went to the doctor for a physical, the doctor would always say “let me remove that for you” or “let me zap it!” No, thank you. It wasn’t changing color and having it frozen off my head didn’t sound fun. “No,” I cried, “it’s not hurting anything.”
So at this point, I’m defending the mole. (Truthfully, my biggest concern in having the doctor freeze it off was that it would leave a big bald spot on my head and that the hair wouldn’t grow back.) Enter the internet.
Wanting the doctor to leave “the mole” alone, I was determined to find a more natural or holistic way to remove this guy. “How to remove a mole naturally” led to all sorts of Google generated responses, from expensive topical creams to using alcohol. Apple cider vinegar was a pretty common one too and we had this in the kitchen cabinet. It seemed to be the least painful method, so Mrs. Crumbs and I thought it was worth a shot. (Plus (6 months ago) I thought my wife could turn into a blog post. )
Various sites returned different protocols and instructions on how to implement the apple cider vinegar method. Not wanting a band aid on my head at work, we decided that apple cider vinegar would only be applied at night while sleeping.
How to Remove a Mole with Apple Cider Vinegar: The Process
- Cotton balls
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Dip half a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, saturating yet squeezing out excess.
- Apply the cotton ball on top of mole.
- Use a band-aid to secure cotton ball over mole.
- Leave the secured cotton ball on the mole for up to 8 consecutive hours each day.
- Continue steps 1 though 4 until mole scabs up.
Doesn’t that sound better than having a doctor freeze it off? Mrs. Crumbs would apply the saturated cotton ball right before bed time and would remove it in the morning before going to work the next day. The first morning, after the band-aid was removed, the mole looked “white.”
Day 2 of Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment
The mole turned darker again during the day, but by day 3 it started scabbing up and “crusting over.”
Day 3 of Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment
Day 4 of Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment
After day 4, we decided not to apply any more ACV to the area. We weren’t really sure what was going on, but it appeared to be working. Additionally, the area around the mole became a little red from the vinegar. NOTE: ACV is a diluted acid. Applying it to skin may cause redness, irritation, and even burn your skin.
One Month After Treatment
This method was painless. Maybe a little irritation from ripping the band-aid off of my scalp, or from the ACV on the skin, but it was easy and I would definitely do it again.
Here are a couple of shots of what the area looks like now six months later (with my hair shaved extra short so you can get a good look 😉 ):
And that’s it!
UPDATE: Here’s another couple of shots, now 8-9 months later (July 2013)
A funny side note: when I mentioned to a family member that we were going to attempt to remove the mole ourselves, they were completely against it. Once we told them we were only using apple cider vinegar, their tone of voice changed and they figured “what’s the worst that could happen.” And that was pretty much our view too, until it worked! Apple cider vinegar mole removal appears to be relatively safe and you are not applying harsh chemicals on your skin. If you are looking for an alternative to mole removal, you might want to give this a try!
Here are a few other ways apple cider vinegar can be used to heal our bodies:
- Facial Toning: Mix 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar with 1 – 3/4 cup water (Mrs. Crumbs has done this and liked it.)
- Treat Sinus Infections: Mix 1 tsp apple cider vinegar with 2-3 Tbsp water, gargle for 30 seconds and swallow. Repeat every hour for the first 6 hours, then every 2 (except while sleeping). Repeat until symptoms subside and the body heals itself. (I’ve actually done this myself. The sinus infection took about a full week to heal – which was how long it took to see a doctor – but I was able to heal it myself and the doctor confirmed it!)
- Manage Seasonal Allergies: Similar to treating a sinus infection with apple cider vinegar, mix 1 tsp with 2-3 Tbsp water, gargle for 30 seconds and swallow. Repeat twice daily, or up to four times for more severe allergies. (Mrs. Crumbs did this and her symptoms were gone within two days).
- Rid Croup: My son had a strange cough that included no other symptoms. We waited for a week to see if the cough would go away, but it didn’t. It was harsh, loud and often. We gave him the same remedy as the sinus infection and his cough had reduced significantly within one day and was completely gone within three.
- Congestion: Shannon at Simply Smiles created a Winter Wellness Elixir that is able to rid congestion and other icky symptoms, and it works year-round!
- Regular Immune and Detoxification Support: Krissa at More Than Mundane found a way to incorporate apple cider vinegar into her every day routine to get the benefits, regardless of if she was sick or not – sparkling apple cider vinegar water!
- Common Cold: Katie Mae at Nourishing Simplicity created a “knock your socks off” cold kicking cider. It’s filled with vitamins, antioxidants and phyto-nutrients, but warns it is powerful and WILL kick your cold to the curb!!
What is your favorite way to use apple cider vinegar?
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