Moles are normal skin overgrowths that grow on every person’s body throughout their childhood till early adulthood. Most moles are benign however, rarest of the rare moles show signs of melanoma such as change in color, shape, structure etc. or any of the ABCDE characteristics of skin cancer that makes its removal imminent. Other reasons people consider for a mole removal are irritation, cosmetics etc.
After it is identified that you want to have your mole removed, sit with your doctor to identify the best removal procedure. Due to excessive cost, no insurance coverage and possibility of a scar with medical treatments, people tend to look for at-home mole removal techniques of which one of the most popular home remedy is using Tea Tree Oil for moles.
We tried looking for credible sources that justify the use of tea tree oil for mole removal however, we couldn’t find much information that prove its effectiveness. That being said, there is no denial to the fact that tea tree oil offers numerous benefits and is used to treat various skin conditions. Let’s dig deeper to understand whether or not tea tree oil should be used for mole removal.
Tea Tree Oil – An Introduction
Tea tree oil is made from leaves of an Australian plant named Melaleuca alternifolia. It is used in diluted form to treat a variety of skin and other medical conditions including dandruff, warts, herpes etc. While a lot of websites on the internet claim effectiveness of its antimicrobial and antiseptic properties but according to American Cancer Society, the available clinical evidence doubts its effectiveness for treating skin problems.
Consult with your Dermatologist
Still if you wish to use it, consult with your dermatologist thoroughly before using tea tree oil for mole removal.
Tea Tree Oil Mole Removal Procedure
It is best to use tea tree oil on superficial moles which are not deeply embedded in the skin and are benign. Flat moles without deeper roots respond well to tea tree oil. Once your dermatologist confirms usage of tea tree oil for mole removal, follow these simple steps:
Caution: Before you apply it on the mole area, patch test on some other area of your skin. If it causes any allergy or irritation, stop using it.
#1 – Clean the affected area using mild soap and water. Dry it.
#2 – Dip a small cotton ball or swab into tea tree oil.
#3 – Apply it on the mole and gently press it for a couple of minutes so that the oil enters the skin tissues.
#4 – Leave it as is for a couple of hours for tea tree oil to take effect.
#5 – Rinse off with water.
#6 – Do this for no less than 3 times per day.
#7 – Repeat the process everyday till the mole falls off automatically.
#8 – Avoid sun exposure for a couple of weeks. If you can’t avoid UV rays, use High Factor Sunscreen (SPF of atleast 15).
Here’s a video we found on youtube where a lady gives a demonstration on how to apply tea tree oil for mole or skin tag removal.
Advantages of Tea Tree Oil
1. Cost effective
2. Painless procedure
3. Minimal possibility of scarring
4. Could be used for treating facial moles
Disadvantages of Tea Tree Oil
1. It is a comparatively slower process to remove moles using tea tree oil. Have patience and repeat the process until the mole is completely removed.
2. Use it in diluted form.
3. Don’t use tea tree oil near mouth because of its toxic nature.
4. It causes allergy and irritation.
5. If it has worked for someone else, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will work for you.
Although, a lot has been written about Tea tree oil mole removal method but there is no empirical evidence that goes on to prove it’s effectiveness as a valuable alternative to surgical methods. If you wish to use tea tree oil, consult your doctor before using it.
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