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Dermatend Mole Remover: Look at the Label

Posted Aug 21 2012 7:43am

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We’ve blogged before about the dangers of mole removing products . So imagine our surprise to see that a mole removing cream is the 6th best-selling product on Amazon.com this week. Let’s look at the label to see why this product can be bad for your skin.

Sanguineria Canadensis, Vegetable Glycerine, Water, butter of Zinc.

Note: these are the ingredients provided by Amazon.com but don’t include all the ingredients in the formula. There are likely waxes and oils included to make this an emulsion.

The two ingredients of concern here are Sanguineria Canadensis (also known as blood root extract) and butter of Zinc (also known as zinc chloride.) While these ingredients are capable of removing certain skin lesions, according to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology they are biologically corrosive and “capable of indiscriminately dissolving healthy and diseased tissue.” In other words while they may remove more skin tag they may also damage healthy skin.  And, as we pointed out before, it’s dangerous for consumers to treat moles without consulting a dermatologist first because of the potential for melanoma.

Skip the self treatment of moles and see a doctor.

Reference:  Buyer beware: A black salve caution. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology Volume: 65, Issue: 5

 

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