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How to Remove Moles With Glycolic Acid

author image Davita Parks
Tennessee-based writer Davita Parks has been writing editorial, feature, business and health-related articles since 1998. Her work has appeared in magazines such as "African American Perspectives," "Showcase of Homes" and "Celebrate." Parks holds a Master of Science in mass communications from Arkansas State University.
How to Remove Moles With Glycolic Acid
Glycolic acid can be used to remove moles on the skin. Photo Credit Aneese/iStock/Getty Images

A mole is a dark spot on the skin that can exist just below the skin or on top of the skin. While they often occur at birth, some develop later in life. Surgery and laser removal are two methods to remove moles from the skin; however, a less invasive treatment involves using glycolic acid. Moles that are the result of hyper-pigmentation can be diminished or removed with as few as five applications of glycolic acid. Although this treatment can be performed at home, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons advises that you schedule regular skin examinations to assess and diagnose neoplasms that could be linked to the mole.


Step 1

Combine 3.4 ounces of water and 3.4 ounces of glycolic acid in a bowl and stir until blended. Glycolic acid can be too harsh on the skin, which can lead to mild burns or skin inflammation. Dermatologists recommend diluting the acid in water to decrease the chance for skin irritation.

Step 2

Apply the mixture to the moles or hyperpigmented areas of your face.

Step 3

Place the cotton pads over the moles and bandage. Covering the treated area allows the glycolic acid to penetrate the skin.

Step 4

Allow the skin to remain covered for at least eight hours before removing the cotton bandages.

Step 5

Repeat this procedure as needed for up to five days, until your moles or hyperpigmentation are less noticeable or disappear.

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