Some people are perfectly happy with red moles and other blemishes on their skin, whilst others find them bothersome and want them removed. If you feel that any of your moles have changed colour or shape you should always get them checked out by your doctor. Once you have done this, and the red mole is still bothering you, you may want to have it removed for aesthetic reasons.
Here we will give you all the information you need about your red moles so that you can decide whether you want to keep them or not. Then, if you really want to remove them we will give you some simple and natural ways to do just that. We’ll also provide you with some invaluable advice on how you can care for and protect your skin.
What do red moles look like?
The medical name for red moles is nevus. They usually have a circular shape and are small and round, with a diameter of no larger than 2 millimetersr. The can appear any where on the body but usually appear on the torso, neck, or arms.
Why do we have red moles?
There is no particular reason for their appearance but they can appear as we age. Elderly people tend to have more of them than the younger members of the population. Elderly people with very fair skin are especially prone to developing red moles.
They are caused by some tiny blood vessels under the skin dilating and this can be triggered by an overexposure to sunlight.
Removing red moles
Firstly, decide if you really need to remove the red mole at all. If it is small, it may be easier to simply hide it with some concealer. If this is not for you then start by talking to your doctor about the options.
A specialist skin doctor called a dermatologist can tell you about the possible treatments which may include:
- surgery: this would usually only be carried out to remove large moles or moles that are embedded deeply in the skin. It is carried out with a local anaesthetic to numb the area. The doctor cuts around the mole with a scalpel and then stitches the skin back together again. There will inevitably be some pain as the anaesthetic wears off and there will be some scarring.
- laser therapy: a laser beam is directed at the mole and the tissue dies. The method is relatively fast and painless and has barely no side effects.
- cyrotherapy: this treatment uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the mole – this effectively kills the skin tissue. The mole then falls away. It can be painful if area is not numbed first.
These are the recognised medical methods to remove a red mole and they have to be carried out by a suitably qualified and experienced medical expert. If you would prefer to have a go at removing the wart yourself at home using some natural remedies here are a few ideas. They are generally less painful that the medical options.
For this method get hold of some castor oil, a cotton ball, and surgical tape. Then you must soak the cotton ball in the castor oil and apply it to the mole. Secure the cotton ball to your body with the surgical tape. Each day, remove the ball and replace it with a new one soaked in fresh castor oil. Repeat for a week.
Garlic is a very powerful natural remedy. It is well known as an effective wart remover! Peel a fresh piece of garlic and apply it to the mole by fixing it in place with surgical tape. This should be changed twice a day and repeated for a week. Eating raw garlic or taking garlic oil capsules can also help.
Get a sour apple and juice it. Then apply the juice to the mole at least three times a day for three weeks. This is not a treatment that will suit those who are impatient, but is very effective over time.
Always protect your skin from solar radiation. Stay out of the sun between in the summer between 12 and 4 pm and always apply a suitable sunscreen.
Eat a balanced diet packed with fruit, raw vegetables and healthy fats. Shower with cold water – it helps your circulation and gives you a lovely glow!