Item Type: Spot Removal Pen
Benefits of a Mole Removal Pen
At-home mole removal tools can be an enticing purchase for those trying to take back skin problems to their own home. However, many products that promise to remove moles with the use of lasers or freezing methods can also come with a lot of potential harmful side effects and other unintended consequences. In most cases, mole removal products simply do not work as well as advertised. And in some cases, they can even make the problem worse.
One of the main problems with many of the mole removal pens available on the market is that they are not particularly effective. Mole removal pens claim to effectively remove moles and skin tags in as little as four days, but this is a highly misleading and potentially dangerous claim. Dr. Sarnoff says "I've seen people who've had their moles and tags frozen off only to have them grow back in a matter of weeks, leaving them no better off than they were before - and sometimes far worse."
"If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." Mole and spot removal through at-home mole removal tools do not work for all types of skin, and Dr. Sarnoff says that in his professional opinion, it is simply not true. He notes that while some moles will disappear naturally over time, others can become much more difficult to treat with traditional methods, and he strongly recommends using the advice of your doctor to determine what kind of mole removal you should seek.
Although dermatologists will often advise patients to carefully remove their mole with an at-home mole removal pen, Dr. Sarnoff says "I wouldn't waste my time with that." He explains that at-home mole removal "often leaves a scar behind, and the mole may even turn into skin cancer." "That's why the best advice is from your doctor," says Dr. Sarnoff.
Dr. Sarnoff says he would never recommend the use of any type of chemical to be applied to the skin unless it was something your doctor had recommended. " mole removal creams are like nail polish," he continues. "They just aren't right for everyone. People with sensitive skin are a good target." Dr. Sarnoff says that in addition to removing the mole, at-home mole removal tools should also be used to remove any skin cancer that may have spread to the area treated.
If you decide that you want to use an at-home tool to remove moles, then you should know that Dr. Sarnoff says they are not necessarily safe. He says that some at-home mole removal products contain chemicals that can be harmful or even fatal if they are ingested. Some of these chemicals have been linked to skin cancer. "The best advice is from your physician," says Dr. Sarnoff.
To protect yourself while you use an at-home mole removal pen, you should wear gloves and other forms of protective clothing while you use the tool. Do not use the tool on open wounds as the ink could easily bleed. Finally, Dr. Sarnoff says, don't use a mole removal pen if you are allergic to penile injections.
You can find many an at-home mole remover on the Internet, and many of them claim to be as effective as the commercially available ones. But what do dermatologists say? They say that in order to safely remove moles, you need a combination of therapies - not just one at-home mole remover! Dermatologists also say that it's always better to go to a professional doctor or dermatologist than to try to remove moles yourself. And while a mole removal pen is easy to use, dermatologists warn, "Popping" or "punching" a mole will never solve the problem.