Moles and apple cider vinegar

Moles and apple cider vinegar

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  1. I have a mole right in the crease of my neck under my chin and I want to try this. Do you cover the mole at all after holding the ACV soaked cottonball on it for 20-30 mins. Like use a bandaid or anything?

    • Todd Caldecott says:

      I didn’t – I simply applied the ACV for abut 20-30 minutes a day, after I poked it several times with a needle to increase surface area.

      • himynameis says:

        I have tried this method and today will be the 6th day. I see progress in the condition of my mole and it looks pruny… But it hasn’t fallen off. I have been soaking cotton balls in ACV just how I should. Any piece of advice to make the procedure go faster? The mole I’m removing is on my left armpit, by the way.

  2. Hi,, I live in Europe, and ACV is not the same here as in your part of the world. I normally buy bio ACV to use in salads but also to calm an itchy skin.
    I have a large mole on my cheekbone, and it did not bother me so far, but my granddaughter (1,5 yrs) now sometimes takes it and pulls it. I would like to get rid of it. Do you think I can use a sterilised needle to put holes in it, and then put ACV on it? I think I would use a band aid on it, just to be sure.
    What do you think?
    Also, lately I have small moles on the upper half of my body, they start like small dark red spots, like you pinned your skin, but then grow into small moles. It seems like they are populating the top half of my body. They do not hurt, or itch, but it is not such a nice thing to have them on your body either.
    Thank you for your advice.

    • Todd Caldecott says:

      Tiana, it sounds like my mole. The other spots are probably cherry angioma. I believe some people cauterize these.

  3. Thank you for this article. Would ACV work to remove rosacea “bumps” as I call them? These appear like pimples, but will not go away, according to my dermatologist, unless he zaps them with a laser. He has seen the ones I have and they are benign and caused by rosacea, he says. I would much prefer to find a more natural way to remove them (and less expensive).

    • Todd Caldecott says:

      Emrys, re: ACV and rosacea, I don’t have any practical experience using ACV with rosacea. However, I have used other methods successfully, including topical and internal measures, as well as dietary changes. You need to think of ways to change the ecology of your skin, as in many cases rosacea is caused by the tiny Demodex mite. ACV might be helpful here, but I wouldn’t do anything more than dabbing it on the face, and then rinsing it off 15-20 minutes later – not more than twice daily. Make sure to discontinue if there is any irritation.

  4. Phil McCrackin says:

    Hi, could could you tell me or send a link to a most reliable ACV to buy online please? Any that just say, Organic Apple Cider Vinger, will that be OK or is there a certain type/brand? thanks.

    • Todd Caldecott says:

      Hi Phil,

      You can easily make your own… many DIY resources online. Otherwise, look for organic non-pasteurized AVC with the “mother”. Here in Canada, I have used a number of brands, including Bragg’s and Spectrum.

  5. When you say you applied the ACV for 20-30 minutes, do you mean: A) You dabbed it on and then waited 20-30 minutes before rinsing it off. or B) You held an ACV saturated cotton ball against your mole for 20-30 minutes.

    • Todd Caldecott says:

      Hi Gina,

      As I stated in the blog, “I then soaked a piece of cotton in ACV, and applied this to the mole for 20 minutes.” So it is B.

  6. Penny Ormond says:

    Hi Todd, I read this article the other night and was wondering if this same process would work for skin tags? I have tried Tea Tree Oil and it was not successful. Thank you.

    • Todd Caldecott says:

      Hi Penny – it might work for skin tags using the same method. Essentially, you’re using the acids in the ACV to destroy living tissue. Tea tree, however, may promote some local irritation, but doesn’t have the same kind of escharotic effect as ACV.

      • Hi Penny and Todd, I had a skin tag years ago and my doctor suggested I try tying a piece of cotton tightly around the thin part that joined it to my body, to cut off the blood supply. I did this and the skin tag became black and swollen and then dropped off. It took a few days and it wasn’t particularly pleasant, but it was better than surgery and a very simple, practical solution.

  7. SassyMouse says:

    Hi I have started this process, and find I am not having the same results. I have a lg mole on my cheek, which has been confirmed as non cancerous. It is also the size of a pencil eraser. I pricked it with a sterilized needle just as you recommended and applied non pasteurized acv. Braggs. I applied it for 30 min and I didn’t see much of a change. So after a couple if hours I repeated the process, this time making sure to poke more holes and poke a little deeper, I was actually bleeding. I have done this several times already. I am seeing some change in color from pinkish to an almost black color. It is not an all over change but it is some change. My questions are how many holes should I poke and how deep? Do you think doing it more than once a day is ok? Do individual results vary? I really hate this mole on my face and I am very eager for it to be gone. Please help.

    • Todd Caldecott says:

      You should only need to poke it and apply the ACV once to twice daily, and it may take a couple weeks to get results. Check out the photos and compare to your own.

  8. Magda Kruszewska says:

    Hi Todd, your article is great! Fortunately i don’t have any moles to get rid of 🙂 But i have a question…you can find it silly….My dog have a big one just under a collar line…it gets irritated easily 🙁 Vet told me that moles are not dangerous for dogs but this particular one is growing and i really would like to get rid of it….And i’m sorry if you think that it’s inappropriate. Thank you! 🙂

  9. Congratulations – what a great result. Before I give it a try, can you tell me about the comfrey/calendula/plantain mix you used?

  10. Madison Stroud says:

    I have always had a puffy mole similar to the one you had, only it’s on my stomach, next to my belly button. I’m 28 years old and have had this mole as long as I can remember. I have been told by doctors that it’s just a normal mole, non-cancerous, and that it’s just a “cosmetic decision” about whether I want to remove it or not. Since it’s not necessary to remove it and would cost more money than I am ok with, I’ve never had it removed. However, I very much want to try your ACV method. Did the ACV burn when you held it to the poked mole? Is there any way I can mess this up and cause an infection or anything?

    • Todd Caldecott says:

      Perhaps a mild burning sensation, but not that much really. But I only left it on for about 30 minutes/day.

  11. bellaedward says:

    Hi there. I have a mole in the worst place….on my nose. It’s not huge, but it is right at the end of my nose. I’ve always wanted to get rid of it, do you think it would work on a nose mole?

    • Todd Caldecott says:

      I can’t say…! If you have any doubts or concerns about your ability to manage this issue, I suggest you obtain professional assistance.

    • same here :/
      So it can’t work on nose moles?

  12. Do you think this would work with cherry angiomas?

    • Todd Caldecott says:

      Possibly… I haven’t tried yet. Some people, however, cauterize the cherry angiomas with a heated pin.

      • Hi Todd, can the cherry angiomas be treated/removed with this vinegar treatment also? And do you think it is absolutely neccessary to pierce the mole before applying the vinegar? Won’t it also work if you just apply the vinegar? I’m tempted to try just applying the apple cider vinegar to my cherry angiomas for 30 minutes a day and see what that does….. Would applying apple cider vinegar to cancerous lesions on the skin, be harmful do you think? Sorry, so many questions! ….Ok, I’ll email 😀

        • Todd Caldecott says:

          I don’t know about cherry angiomas, as I haven’t tried this yet, but I expect it would work. And yes, I think piercing the mole is essential to increase surface area. And no, I would not suggest this for cancerous lesions at all! Only for benign nevi, as I stated in the blog.

  13. janine jenkins says:

    Hi Todd,
    I was wondering if this method would work for skin colored moles as well? over the last few years I’ve grown a few skin colored bumps or moles on my face and want to get rid of them so bad.

    • Todd Caldecott says:

      I am not sure, without seeing them. Perhaps try a small one, in a discrete location, and test it before using it elsewhere. Sometimes those bumps aren’t moles, but something else…

  14. Just wanted to let you know that I used your ACV method and it WORKED! I wish I had taken pictures, but my mole (on my forehead, at my hairline above my right eye) went through the exact transformation as your pictures showed. Mine took a bit longer, about a week and a half and I applied the acv everyday for 20-30 minutes. This morning, after my shower, the scab came off except for a small corner that looks like it still has a day or two to go. Thank you so much for this method. I had previously had it looked at by my Dr. and she suggested I see a dermatologist for removal (non-cancerous). Your method was much cheaper (lol) and a very interesting process to watch! Thanks again!!

  15. tingting says:

    I have a non cancerous mole that is on my chest… about 5 years ago it got stuck in my shower puff and ripped half off! Now it gets “hung up” in many things, which can be painful.

    Here’s my question: can I use this method safely while pregnant? I am just short of my 23rd week.

    • Todd Caldecott says:

      It has no systemic effect, so I cannot see how it would affect your pregnancy. However, if you have concerns take them up with your health care practitioner.

  16. Steve Williams says:

    Hey, Todd

    I have just turned 50 and with a crown hairline I now have a brown, flat crustation appearing on the top left of my forehead. It is not a mole as it is flat and according to my doctor, just an ‘age’ thing. Obviously I cannot pierce it but can I treat it with ACV directly to that area in some way or consume it orally? Any suggestions would be appreciated.



    • Todd Caldecott says:

      It works as a corrosive agent… so if it is a flat mole, it could leave a pock mark.

      • Steve Williams says:

        Ok, thanks for that. So, can I use it orally then, or not at all in my case? If I cannot, do you have any other recommendations?


        • Todd Caldecott says:

          Since its not a mole, and I can’t see it, it’s hard to say how to best address this issue. I don’t think it would hurt to apply it topically for a week or so, and see what happens. Internally, the ACV won’t have any effect.

          • Steve Williams says:

            No problem I’ll give it a go. I will try it for a fortnight and re-post my findings in this thread.


  17. filipmibe says:

    I have been reading this with lots of interest…My father in law died of a melanoma and even thow i have a benign mole on my forehead and love to get rid of it,i would never be as brave as to try this.

    The result is unbelivable! If i remove my mole surgically ,the mark would cause more boldness to my already bold head,due to giving birth to my third child.It is a very upsetting issue to me…
    I would looove to try this,but there are no garanties and i am affraid.
    How can you be sure that nothing wrong can happen concidering you poke the mole?
    Thank you!

    • Todd Caldecott says:

      Of course there are no guarantees, and anything recommended by this blog is always “use at your own risk”.

  18. Liz Babcock says:

    Thanks Todd for your informative article. We have had great success in our family getting rid of warts with the ACV method. It was suggested to us by a doctor when my daughter had a deep planters wart on her foot. She was too frightened to have it burned off so he quietly suggested this method to us. We placed a bit of ACV on a bit of cotton ball onto the wart and covered it with a bandaid. We applied the ACV bandaid before bed and removed it in the morning. This took about 2 to 3 weeks. We had the same experience of it turning black and eventually falling off. The wart has never returned and that was 4 years ago.
    I wonder, could this be effective for acne?

    • Todd Caldecott says:

      Hi Liz

      Glad to hear of your results. ACV works basically as a corrosive acid, denaturing proteins. As such, it’s good for when you want to remve a tissue, but something like acne is an inflammation of otherwise normal skin… as such using ACV might just damage the skin, although a dilute solution would provide a source of probiotic bacteria, and this can help to treat acne. But it wouldn’t be my only tool, and I would use it carefully so as not to induce more inflammation.

  19. Siobhain says:

    Hi Todd,

    Do you know if I could use this to remove a Seborrheic Keratosis? Or do you know of any treatment for these, I’ve gone to my local GP and a Dermatoligist but they said to just leave them be as removal can cause scarring (I have about 10 on my legs!)
    Many thanks, Siobhain.

    • Todd Caldecott says:

      I have no clinical experience using this method for seborrheic keratoses, but it seems like it might work. Perhaps try one, and see what your response is…?

  20. I used ACV a few years ago to remove a mole on my chin and it worked really well! I put vaseline around the mole before applying the vinegar and it really helped in reducing any irritation and redness. I had read that an emory board could also be used to scratch up the surface before applyng the ACV, so I did that instead of pricking it with a needle. I’m not that brave!

  21. Todd, thankyou so much for this inofromative article and since i have big mole on my neck and i want to remove it. 🙂

  22. hpascual says:

    Does it removes flat moles also? And does AVC removes mole temporarily or permanently? Please answer..

    • Todd Caldecott says:

      haven’t tried it for flat moles, but i expect it would work the same… and if you remove the entire mole it should not return

    • Amnajane Riaz says:

      I just got rid of a fairly flat mole on the side of my head with this method

  23. aseaney says:

    Would it be safe to say this could work on skin tabs? I don’t know if there is an real difference between them other than mine look more like layered like versus a round flat topped mole.

  24. VASSUNDIRA says:

    Dear Toddy, I have a mole of the size of a marble on the internal part of my left thigh just below the groins. Can I apply this method to remove it? It was in the size of a pepper about 10 years ago and now it is in the size of a marble.

    • Todd Caldecott says:

      Probably, but I cannot make any guarantees… you might enlist the help of a practitioner if you are concerned.

  25. mrsashleywise says:

    I have a mole just like the one you had but my problem is mine is above the hairline… could I still try this? I’m just worried it may be a problem because of my hair…

  26. I have what they call a beauty mole (dont laugh) it is red in color but I want it off. is this considered a mole. thanks

    • Todd Caldecott says:

      Sounds like a cherry angioma. The ACV method can work for these, or they can be burnt off.

  27. Is there any store brands you recommend that I buy? I lived in new york. U.S.A. I dont think I could pull of making it my self. I do have a few moles on my face and have always had low self esteem cause of them, would really like to try this out so plz respond.

  28. cheshirekat says:

    I have never worked out what kind of mole i have but after looking at comparison i believe a have a halo nevus in the centre of my forehead. Though i believe this it what it is i have never noticed the halo however i am quite light skinned and don’t often get a tan. Would this method work, i have been considering having it cut out but since the location is so obvious it seems to negate the surgery.


  29. nzasadzinska says:

    Do you think this method will work on birthmark looking just like big flat mole (5cm long, 2cm wide)?

  30. Lenda Selph says:

    Dr. Caldecott,
    I tried your method of removing a mole on my forehead, and it worked! I have very sensitive skin, however, and wish I had protected the surrounding skin with Vaseline, because the ACV blistered my skin. I used Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. The mole dropped off after the fourth day. And as you said, the needle didn’t hurt. I just happened upon your post on Facebook about removing a mole with ACV. Thank you so much.
    About 15 years ago I removed a mole on my waistline by tying a noose around the mole with dental floss. Every day I pulled the string tighter until the mole dropped off after about 7 days. It has never grown back.
    Thanks again. You helped me greatly. Now I don’t have to wear bangs!

  31. Hi Todd, I really need your help I’m only young and so paranoid about this mole I have on my hand, it’s like the size of a pencil eraser I’m width maybe Abit smaller but I would say compare to your mole which was removed it is quite flat to my skin and only raised a little off my skin but still a mole, I am wondering do you know what will happen to this if I apply ACV like it won’t fall off but I’m hoping it will disappear? please I help I would love your advice Todd thanks!

  32. james brown says:

    Hi Todd, I have two questions.

    1. Someone asked, but your answer wasn’t specific. If you have an erasure sized mole, should you prick it once, or in several places?

    2. Does the ACV need to be unpasturised? I’m sure I can find it, but haven’t been able to at my local grocery stores. Is it the acidic properties, or the organic/bacterial properties that are effective?

    I just started trying it 4 days ago for diagnosed actinic keratosis.. surface applied twice daily, non-organic. visible reduction on 1 of the 2 spots (the smaller less developed spot) but to early for me to draw conclusions. I had not thought of pricking or longer term soaking with ACV. I’ll post any results. answer to question 1 and any thoughts on question 2 would be greatly appreciated.


    • Todd Caldecott says:

      1. Prick it all over to increase surface area.
      2. It’s the acidic properties that are active… but it could be that the organisms in the cider contribute to the process.

  33. collidedsky says:

    Hi, so I have a mole or a beauty mark on my eyelid near my eyebrow and it’s about the size of a pencil tip, so it’s not big, but rather small. I was wondering if i could apply ACV without poking my mole with a needle since it’s literally on my eyelid and I could stab my eye. Or is this another way I could do this?

  34. olra bright says:

    Hello, I am 19 years old and I am really concerned about 2 moles (one on the tip of my nose) and one above my lip( this one is half of the size of the mole showed in the picture and it is blacker). They don’t seem to be changing so fast, I have had them since I was younger. the also seem to be growing hair that I regularly but That’s why I don’t like them and I want to get rid of them. I don’t feel good around people, it seems to me like they stare at me just because of them. Do you think it would be dangerous to use ACV as I am talking about my face and I don’t want to cause myself bigger trouble? Is there any chance that the mole grows again later?

  35. Hi Todd, I followed your directions exactly and to my disbelief within three days of applying the ACV for 20-30 minutes per session my mole fell off. I was prepared to pay a plastic surgeon well over $3,000.00 to remove the mole. But, a home remedy that cost me less than $10.00 removed what had become a thorn in my side with no traces of it ever being there. Thank You:)

  36. Jenna Acosta says:

    Hi Todd! I was wondering if it NEEDS to be organic, or if using nonorganic ACV would work just as well?

  37. Robert Sullivan says:

    Hi Todd,

    Greetings from the UK. Mine is a soft mole on my right hip, bucks me senseless. I find it very ugly, and despite it not being visible I have started to give your technique a shot. Mine is very soft, brown. It is quite hard to prick it with a needle because it so soft, but this morning I drew a bit of blood (so I presume it is open). I’ll let you know how I get on, but are there any signs I should look for if it is going wrong? I’ve had it looked at by my GP before, who thinks it is harmless, but it’s different to the one in your photo (yours looked harder, more solid).

    Many thanks

  38. HarleyUndone says:

    Hi. So I read online and watched videos and a lot of people were using cotton ball and putting it in the vinegar and then sticking it on the mole with a band aid over night so I poked a small mole on the side of my neck(wanted to trybecause I have a big one on my face and I want to see what happens first) and did that the skin around it is irritated which I expected but it actually does hurt not a lot but is that normal or should I be worried? im thinking of just putting the vinegar on it a few minutes a night after my daughters in bed shes 3 an I have no time during the day lol. If I did that how would I go about putting the vinegar on the mole? what is the best method? Thanks

    • Todd Caldecott says:

      I only applied the vinegar for about 30 minutes, twice daily. Too long and it can also cause damage to the surrounding skin. The key element is to poke holes in the mole, to increase the surface area and exposure to the acids in the vinegar.

  39. George Davis says:

    Hi Todd. It seems that I’ve used more ACV than normal and the skin around the mole is irritated. What can I do about it? Thanks.

  40. Anita Sure says:

    Hi Todd,
    Many greetings from India 🙂
    I have a mole right in the crease of my neck under my chin and I am looking forward to try this method. Going forward I have some doubts which i wanted to get cleared before using it.
    1. There will not be any side effects such as skin burn or permanent black spots around the mole after use?
    2. Regrowth of mole after the treatemet.

    • Todd Caldecott says:

      As you can see, these weren’t issues when I used the technique, and nor have I seen such problems as you describe. But, use at your own risk!

  41. Hi

    Does this work with cider vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar.


    • Todd Caldecott says:

      Do you mean wine vinegar? Usually “cider” refers to an alcoholic preparation made with apples.

  42. I just had to comment about the removal of moles with ACV…it works!
    I have removed 3. I have 3 more to go. What I did was use a Q-Tip, dipped in a small
    container of ACV. I would apply the ACV about 3-5 times a day on the moles on my face.
    Yes, I did prick them. So if your wondering if this works, it DOES! After I have the other 3
    gone, my face will be clearer. I still have freckles, but I’ll keep them!

    • Did you poke a hole? Im having trouble doing mine… I don’t really see a difference except a little black dot i had on my mole for life but i saw it get a tiny bigger. I don’t think its working for me. I first put petroleum jelly. Then Poke a hole around the mole, not too hard though. Then i apply the acv but it doesn’t sting.

      • Todd Caldecott says:

        You need to poke the mole itself, not just around it. If you poke a little too far it will bleed, but you do want to penetrate the entire surface of the mole. Do this for a couple days, apply the ACV for about 30 minutes, twice daily, and you should start to see results.

  43. Hi.I tried this and it doesn’t sting for me?At first it did yesterday when i tried it but only for 2 seconds.Did I not do it right?I poked a whole with a push pin and after applying acv for 25 mins i didn’t see a change today. So i did it earlier today and its been a hour. Am i skipping something?I also applied petroleum jelly to it .Do you think that interfered ? I really want to get rid of this mole. Please help.

    • Todd Caldecott says:

      Poke it in several spots to increase the surface area, and then apply the AVC. Make sure to give 5-6 days before seeing any results.

      • . I cant use cotton balls because they dont stay wet long and are loose while i tape it to the mole so i use q tips and put around 15 mins 3-4 times a day. but as i do it its not getting around the edges of the mole ,only the main part. & also its black but not a scab, i cant pick on it. Should i keep doing it till it turns into a scab? It still seems raised but not as much.

  44. outofthebox says:

    I tried your method and it worked successfully, but didn’t heal completely like in your case, this might be because I picked at the scab a little bit since I was so ready for it to be gone… And now it appears that the mole is growing back, where there is a scar it is beginning to raise and turn to a darker color… Any suggestions or advice?

    • Todd Caldecott says:

      Try to practice it exactly the way it is described to get the best results. Especially, avoid picking a scab, make sure to use a sterile needle to penetrate the entire mole before applying to apple cider vinegar. Prick the mole every time you apply the apple cider vinegar for the best results, until the entire mole becomes a scab. Thereafter, apply the ACV without pricking the skin, and shortly the scab will fall off. If any mole remains, let the local skin heal up from all that acidic ACV, and then in a couple weeks, you can try again on any part of the mole that is still remaining.

  45. Lizbet Ochoa says:

    Hello, I have mole the size of a pea and I have try this method and my mole is now like a scab and it’s hard .do I continue using acv or should I leave it like that .how long does it take for the mole to fall .?when I put acv on the mole once it was all scabby .the around of the mole got a white ring is that normal ?now it looks like a scab and the around part got dry .

  46. Hi. I have a small mole (not more than 2 millimeters) next to my nose. I want to know how long the second step lasts (the one where it turns black and crusty) or how long this whole thing lasts all together…..also is there any possibility of scars in the end?

  47. Amnajane Riaz says:

    Ok have to say I was at first terrified to try this thinking what if something goes wrong ,,, but I gave it a go and it actually WORKED yayayay ,,,, I had a flattish mole on the side of my face just at my hair line that was sore and annoying me ,,, I had showed it to my doctor who had said it was not cancerous ,,, but it was annoying so I gave it a go ,,, My biggest advice is to really hack the top of it if its a flattish one as you don’t have much room to make holes with pins ,,, so every day I was basically scraping the dead black bits off and reapplying the apple cider vinegar ,,, then each day a new black layer would show ,,, I did it twice a day for seven days and it has finally cleared with the last peal back just showing fresh pink skin which I applied the cider vinegar to just in case however it has not gone black so I would say it is all gone ,,, Im really surprised ,,,

  48. Amnajane Riaz says:

    The only question I have is I would now like to do a bigger one on my stomach ,,, I had one cut out of my back years ago and they cut quite deep to get what they called the root of it out ,,, what happens if you do this and you have a big root ?