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Moles are skin growths that appear on the skin in clusters or as a single growth. These start appearing from early childhood to the first 30 years and typically black or brown in colour.

Adult humans can have between 10-40 moles anywhere on the body.  Moles are caused when melanocytes (the melanin secreting cells on the skin) grows close together instead of being spread out. Moles are not dangerous unless they look different to existing moles on the body. Moles that typically appear after 30 could be risky. If you notice the mole changing colour, size or shape, consult a dermatologist.

The moles addressed in this article are the harmless type, that contributes to diminishing the attraction of the skin. These could be effectively remedied by using natural ingredients. Do not try home remedies on moles exhibiting suspicious characteristics.

Iodine
Iodine has the power to penetrate the cell and remove moles from within, when applied on the surface of the mole. For this, find five per cent iodine solution from the pharmacy. Clean the area of mole, using lukewarm water and soap. Then, apply coconut oil around the skin on the mole so that skin doesn’t stain with the purple colour of iodine. Apply just one drop of iodine to the mole using a syringe. It might give out a burning sensation but it effectively removes the mole. Cover with gauze and secure with plaster. Leave it for as long as possible. It works best when kept overnight. Repeat daily until the mole disappears. Iodine treatment removes moles without leaving scars.

Onion juice
Due to its acidic properties and enzymes, onion juice helps remove moles on the skin. Take two small onions and chop them into small pieces. Then, squeeze the juice out. Alternatively, a blender could be used to extract the juice. Apply the juice on the mole using a cotton swab. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Then, wash off with lukewarm water. Repeat thrice daily for at least three weeks or until the mole disappears.

Garlic
This is a surefire remedy for moles as the enzymes in garlic help break down the clusters of melanocytes. In addition garlic also lightens the pigmentation so that the moles become less conspicuous. Take a fresh garlic clove and crush it using mortar and pestle. Clean the area around the mole well with warm water. Apply some coconut oil on the skin around the mole to protect it from the strong enzymes of garlic. Then, place the crushed garlic on the mole. Secure with a plaster or a bandage. Leave it for at least four hours or best if left overnight. Repeat daily until the mole falls off. Typically this should happen in five days.

Castor oil and baking soda
Castor oil has a property that results in removal by dissolution of any unusual growths. In medical terms, it is referred to as a discutient. However, this method takes time as it dissolves these growths layer by layer. This method does not leave scars, which is a plus. Take a pinch of baking soda and add a few drops of castor oil to form a dry paste. Clean the mole with warm water and apply the paste on mole and leave overnight. In the morning, wash off with lukewarm water. Repeat daily until mole disappears.

Pomegranate
Pomegranate peel is a folk remedy for moles. Peel a pomegranate and let it completely dry under the sun. Then, grind it and powder it. Add a few drops of lemon juice to the power and form a paste. Apply on the mole and let it dry. Repeat until the mole falls out.