Moles, or beauty spots, are a cluster of skin cells that have turned black or dark brown with pigment. Most beauty spots are harmless, though they can be unsightly on the face or neck. Several home remedies exist to remove, or at least lighten, beauty spots. One of the simplest home remedies is to apply garlic to the spot. Keep in mind that all moles should be checked out by a dermatologist because they can sometimes indicate a more serious condition.
Crush one to two cloves of garlic into paste using a garlic press. You may need to crush the garlic further using the back of a spoon if the garlic press fails to reduce the garlic to a paste.
Place masking tape around the beauty spot to protect the skin around it. Garlic can burn the skin, so take care to place the garlic paste only on the mole. You may also use petroleum jelly to create a barrier between your skin and the garlic.
Apply the garlic paste to the beauty spot using a cotton swab. Cover the mole with a bandage.Leave the bandage and garlic in place for up to four hours. You can repeat this treatment three times a day. You may begin to see results in two to four days.
Hydroquinone cream is used as a skin bleaching treatment. The cream mainly treats liver spots, melasma, acne scars, freckles, and any other form of skin discoloration. Some individuals even choose to use the cream to lighten entire areas of the body. In the U.S., creams with 2% hydroquinone or less can be purchased over-the-counter and creams with 4% concentrations can be prescribed by a physician. For many, purchasing these creams can become expensive, so they find that mixing their own is more affordable.
Pour the hydroquinone solution into the bowl containing the creams and thoroughly mix the ingredients together.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, new growths on the skin and changes to existing moles may be a sign of melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer. Overexposure to the ultraviolet rays (UVA and UVB) from the sun or tanning beds, type of skin, genetics and a number of pre-existing moles on the skin are the main factors associated with the risk melanoma.