There are almost as many ways to get rid of your skin moles, wart, and skin tags as there are reasons for removing them. Some require surgery, some use over-the-counter creams and other preparations, and some you can make up at home.
Many of these do work and work rather well, but the problem is making up your mind about what might suit you best.
I’m going to refer only to moles from now on, but as far as DermaTend is concerned you can substitute warts or skin tags as appropriate.
Before looking closely at DermaTend, let’s have a quick look at surgical ways of removing moles. One of the main advantages is that a doctor or dermatologist will check your moles and make sure any cancerous moles or similar skin cancers or melanomas are properly removed. Even if you are determined to remove your moles at home, you should have them examined beforehand, as the consequences of identifying a melanoma as a mole and treating it yourself can be very severe, even fatal.
OK, so now you know that your moles are normal and harmless. Maybe the thought of the inconvenience and cost of surgery puts you off getting a doctor to remove your moles for you, and the cheaper and more convenient do-it-yourself treatments are appealing.
And you’re in luck, because several over-the-counter products do a very good job of removing moles quickly and safely, and they are not all that expensive.
One of the good ones is DermaTend. It is one of a group of treatments where the active ingredient is the somewhat corrosive sap of a plant which, when applied to a mole, basically eats it away. DermaTend has several active ingredients, but the main one is bloodroot.
It is very easy to use, but you must follow the instructions exactly for the best results.
What you do is…
- Roughen the skin with an emery board or needle, but not to the point of bleeding.
- Clean with warm soapy water.
- Apply DermaTend to the entire surface of the mole, but not the surrounding skin.
- Leave it on for 20 – 30 minutes.
- Wash off gently and apply a band-aid to protect the scab which should have formed.
Sounds simple enough.
There are a couple of things to keep in mind though. Firstly, expect some stinging for 5 – 10 minutes after you have applied the cream. If you don’t feel a little pain you may need to repeat the roughening part of the preparation and reapply DermaTend.
Secondly, it is important to restrict the cream to the mole itself, and not let any get on the surrounding skin. Vaseline or the healing cream which comes with most packs of Dermatend can be smeared around the mole to prevent this from happening.
The only other thing to remember is to leave the scab alone and let it drop off naturally. A band-aid will protect it from accidental knocks. If the scab is allowed to fall off naturally the chance of scarring is minimal. You may see some redness around where the mole was, and maybe even a slight depression in the skin, but both of these will disappear quite quickly.
That’s about it. Used with care, DermaTend has been a very effective mole remover for many people.
But it may not be for everyone. Some of you may have heard bad reports about bloodroot as an active ingredient. These reports arose when it was used for home treatment of skin cancers or was taken internally. It is just one of a group of caustic plants that are used in mole, wart, and skin tag removers and seems to be no better or worse than the others.
However, if you are worried about the ingredients, you could try the similar Wart Mole Vanish.
And if the thought of using caustic creams on your moles is itself a worry, there are several preparations based on noncaustic plant oils which you could try, as well as many homemade treatments. Many of these require regular applications and can take weeks or more to work.
But DermaTend has a good record and comes with a 60-day guarantee. But where can you get it?
It’s not available in shops, but they do have a website. Even better, and sometimes cheaper, is Amazon, where you will also find lots of reviews of this effective product. While most reviews are very favorable, some are not, but it is obvious that in many of these, the cream hasn’t been applied properly, and that is important.