How to Remove Moles, Skin Tags and Warts With Apple Cider Vinegar


Some moles can be cancerous, and ACV won't treat skin cancer. Speak to your doctor before trying any home remedies.

I have been wanting to get rid of my moles for a very long time, and didn't want to spend money on an expensive dermatologist. Instead, I decided to try this DIY remedy.

Heres what you need:

  • Cotton balls
  • Bragg's apple cider vinegar (has to be Bragg's)
  • Water-proof tape


  • Soak the cotton ball with the apple cider vinegar (ACV)
  • Tape it onto your mole, skin tag or wart while you sleep. Make sure the cotton ball is soaked well
  • Take it off the next morning.
  • Repeat every night until it falls off.

Easy peasy! No surgery needed! Below I've posted pictures of my own mole being removed, which took a little less than three weeks of nightly treatment.

My Experience

First three days
First three days
First week and it's completely black.
First week and it's completely black.
Two weeks....almost ready come off!
Two weeks....almost ready come off!
Two weeks and four days and it's gone! There's some dry skin from the tape but that went away.
Two weeks and four days and it's gone! There's some dry skin from the tape but that went away.

Comments 40 comments

sophia 3 years ago

did it leave a scar?

Melissa 3 years ago

Does it leave a scar?

Christina 3 years ago

I have 2 moles on my, just like the PP's said, did it leave a scar? I don't want scars on my face, I'd rather leave the moles there.

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Dena Oliver-Ford 3 years ago from Oregon Author

I recently removed one on my face and right now I'm waiting for it to heal! Another few weeks and I'll be able to tell. I'll let you know! The one in the picture healed up nicely. I think it'll take awhile to heal up perfectly.

Chelene Pedersen 3 years ago

Can I do this with Warts??

nikki 3 years ago

Is it painful at all? I have a skin tag on my back that I havr had since birth and I want it gone.

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Dena Oliver-Ford 3 years ago from Oregon Author

It works on warts and tags. The only painful part was the surrounding skin that gets the sticky tape on it, when the acv gets on it it stings a little but not bad! I have ones on my faced I removed too!

mary ann 3 years ago

You should have that mole checked by a dermatologist first.

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Dena Oliver-Ford 3 years ago from Oregon Author

Too late, it long gone.

Oh and BTW it has to be Braggs apple cider vinegar because it has the enzymes whereas the other ACV doesn't.

ashley 3 years ago

do you think this could work on keloids??

Ashley 3 years ago

As far as keloids go. ... The only thing that works is rubbing it. I have one on my chest and it was ugly. I massaged it with vitamin e oil and over time it flattened out. It's even flesh colored now. You can't see it unless I point it out where as before it looked like bubble gum stuck to me.

Jess 3 years ago

I really don't think that's a good idea. What if one of those moles happens to be melanoma? Just because you've removed the top layer, doesn't mean you've removed the tumor. Before anything, I'd say go to your doctor. Of course, it's easier if you're in Canada (Sorry American friends). You can go to your family doctor to have it examined and potentially biopsied for no cost, and even have it removed (for medical reasons of course). If it's for cosmetic, then yes you'll have to pay for it. I'm currently in the process of having 3 moles removed, one of which is early stage one melanoma. Once it's removed, it's gone because it's only in the first layer of skin. However, once it reaches stage 2, 3 and 4, it's made it's way further into the skin. But stage 4, it's into the fatty tissues and the blood stream, and the survival rate it less than 10%. Don't remove a mole without having your doctor look at it first. Please please please!

2 years ago

I did this to a wart on my finger and my knee. The knee one is gone but the finger one grew back because I didn't wait till it was completely gone :( It does work, but you HAVE to leave it overnight. And natural cures like this don't work for everyone

Laura 2 years ago

I have one on my face it's flat though but it's brown and has hair on it will it work on that one too?

Dena 2 years ago

I not sure Laura...sorry

Christine 2 years ago

It doesn't have to be Braggs. This is an old-time recipe that's been around since before Braggs was invented. It's the acid in vinegar.

Glad it worked for you!

cancer survivor 2 years ago

I hate to say this, but the mole you removed does not look good. To bad it's gone, it has some red flag signs to it for skin cancer. I had a mole removed and it came back cancer. Had I tried your trick, I'd be in some serious healthy crisis right now. I hope someone who is going to try this trick reads THIS and doesn't. Shameful information for vanity purposes.....

Glory be 2 years ago

Someone asked about warts. I had one surgically removed from bottom of my foot. (Painful!!). Came right back. Dermatologist said it was the largest he had ever seen in years of practice. Was treated with acid burns on foot for 1 1/2 years and it did not disappear. The doc had read about using duck tape. I started to keep duck tape on my foot 24/7 and about 4 months wart was gone and has not returned. Been several years. Note on warts...everyone should get annual body check once a year. If mole is okay then vinegar is great idea.

Brent 2 years ago

Ive had two moles removed surgically, at a cost of around 175 a piece. Ive had a pretty good sized mole at the base of my sideburn for a very long time that bothered me and wouldn't allow me to cut my hair as short as Id like. I gave this a try. Its been a week and a half. The mole was the size of a large pencil eraser. A good 1/4 inch high or better and about 3/8 inches around. As of today is flat with the exception of the scab and is starting to flake off. The spots where the scab has come off or the pink new skin. So far, so good.

kr3 2 years ago

if you dip a q-tip in vaseline (petroleum jelly) and carefully spread it on the neighbouring skin, when you cover it with the cotton and ACV, the skin won't get raw or red. don't get any on the spot you want to remove though. Bio-oil or vit E on the spot while it heals helps to even skin tone and prevent scarring...i even used penaten diaper cream on the spot during the day and then the ACV again at night... do use a sunscreen on the spot though because it will be more sensitive to sunlight.

Lee 22 months ago

This also works on moluscum contagiosum. My kids had this highly contagious, painfully hard to get rid of "rash". One of them had it for years and we tried so many things and none worked. Finally I stumbled across a small website saying to use Apple Cider Vinegar. I had tried a ton of stuff, most of it expensive, so I though why not. By the end of the week 90% of them were gone, and by the end of two weeks they were completely free of moluscum. ACV is the best thing ever.

Meme 18 months ago

does it scar I have a mole just above my upper lip the derm doc says if they removed it I would have a scar. Will the acv scar?

me 18 months ago

i have a mole on my upper cheek under my eye that I've had since I was younger. It's maybe the size of a pencil eraser or smaller and slightly raised with tiny hairs as well. I've had it checked before so I know it isn't cancerous but it has a bit of scarring from trying to shave it off when I was a kid.... I'm in my 20s now and actually have an appointment for next week to get an exam to have it removed ... It has literally made me insecure my entire life, should I cancel my appointment and try this first ? I'm just afraid if the derm removes it I'm going to be insecure about the scar it will leave rather the mole .. Ugh any suggestions ?

karen 18 months ago

Thanks for posting this! I had a huge facial wart that was so embarrassing. It took a month or so, but it is gone! Now i plan to tackle one of my moles.

Me 18 months ago

Have been doing the act for a few days now to a facial mole, Deffinatley has darkened so I'm assuming it's working! Only downside is I have 2 spots that appeared aside of it that look like burns (probably from the irritation) and the area is extremely sensitive ): God I hope this works

Gave it a try 18 months ago

I used the Braggs ACV and applied to a mole in the exact same area that had an almost identical resemblence. A few weeks ago I had my annual skin check and my dermatologist (MD) stated that although my miles were benign and could be removed there would be a scar if removed. So I applied the ACV to the area and a week later it fell off! It healed up completely and I am thrilled with the results!!!

iris 18 months ago

I have a skin tag on my eyelid ,now I have another skin tag on my other eye lid I don't think this will be safe

Me 18 months ago

Did this on a facial mole, it went away but now I have a scar more noticeable then the orig mole was -__-

aly 16 months ago

Do you do this every day?

mrika 15 months ago

does this method have contraindication ?

Ellease 10 months ago

This really works. I had one on my shoulder. I will work on removing on near my eyebrow.

Katie 9 months ago

I have one under my arm,should i use medical tape or lots of bandages???? What do you do with it during the day?????

Patti 8 months ago

Who sales the Braggs brand

Wendy 8 months ago

I'm Canadian. Can you buy Braggs Vinegar here or just in the States?

Sindy 7 months ago

I have done this before, You do not have to use Braggs Vinegar. Any Apple Cider Vinegar works.

Helena 7 months ago

I have been putting this on my neck and now it is really red. Will that eventually go away? I dont know if it is the tape or the acv. It is around the mole

Wendy King 7 months ago

The mole in the woman's ear is black at the bottom and that means she has melanoma. Removing the mole will not cure melanoma. A friend if mine with a mole that looked identical and almost in the same location died in a month from the cancer because it spread to her lymph system before she went to the doctor. Please don't be foolish. Any mole should be removed by a dermatologist, sent to a lab for testing, and the site should be carefully monitored. In my own case, the excision did not go deep enough to get all the cancer, which had to be removed again later. Don't fool around with cancer! Melanoma us very common.

Pocu 5 months ago

I haven't been successful with this method yet but I haven't used Bragg's specifically. I'll have to try that. For those inquiring about flat moles, I have yet to find a laser surgeon as great as Dr Bob at Colorado Laser Clinic in Colorado Springs. I had them all over my face. Previous doctors and dermatologists told me I would have scars all over my face and body if I tried removal, but Dr Bob uses an "Ehlman" device and 'shaves' it off of the skin. He took them off of my face and my upper back. He did a fantastic job. I have searched the world over but I guess I'll have to go back to Colorado Springs to get this specific treatment again. If you have the funds to do so, it's worth the trip. G*ogle Colorado Laser Clinic 'Dr Bob' to schedule an appointment. They did same day consultation and treatment for me but that was years ago. Don't know if it can still be done that way...

Marcia 3 months ago

I am a little of using this on my face for a mole that has been there all my life.

But for those of you who are looking for a way to remove warts, let me tell you my experience.

Years ago (at least 20) I had a mole between my thumb and forefinger that I'd had removed by a dermatologist a few times, but that kept coming back. Then I read about this strange method of getting rid of warts with an aspirin!

I took an aspiri (not Advil, not Tylenol, not Aleve...a real aspirin) dampened it slightly with water, and taped it over the wart. I had to use a square gauze pad and adhesive tape because a bandaid wouldn't keep it in place where it was located. Be sure the aspirin is center on and covering the wart. It will start burning right away but won't be unbearable.

Leave the aspirin on until it starts disintegrating. You'll know when this happens because pieces of it will start falling out. If you get the bandage wet, or it gets dirty, change it and repeat the process. You'll feel the "burn" the whole time. Check the size of the wart whenever you change the bandage, and will be gone! If I remember correctly this took two to three weeks. Weird, I know, but twenty years later that wart has never reared its nasty head again! And all it cost me was a few aspirin and some bandages.

Tom 5 hours ago

If have had skin tags on male private since child hood is it good to try there

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