What Does A Normal Mole Look Like?
As we’re dermatologists, we’ve seen it all when it comes to skin. Today’s post is all about moles, so read on to find out what’s normal, what’s not, and what to do about it.
What’s a mole?
It’s a coloured spot on the skin. Most are harmless and aren’t anything to be worried about. According to reports, the average person has between 10 and 40 moles on their body.
What does a healthy mole look like?
They can vary – some are round or oval, with a smooth edge. Others are totally flat. Others still might be bumpy. It’s also normal for hairs to grow from them. Take a look at the NHS website for some examples about what moles look like, or talk to our dermatologists.
How do you get moles?
Moles can be present from birth, but can also develop over time. The NHS says children and young adults can be especially susceptible. Sometimes, a mole does the opposite and fades away altogether with time and age. And, during pregnancy, moles may also appear darker.
What causes moles?
They’re caused by pigment-producing cells growing and clustering together. Our dermatologists stress that anyone, of any skin tone or colour, can develop moles.
Can moles become cancerous?
Absolutely, which is why it’s important to keep an eye on them through procedures such as mole mapping. Remember A, B, C, D, E, and watch out for:
Asymmetry – irregular-shaped appearance
Border – jagged or blurry edges
Colour – several colours in one mole
Diameter – a size larger than 6mm
Evolution – sudden change(s) to size, shape and/or colour
If you’re in any doubt, get in touch with our expert dermatologists near Elstree.
How can I prevent moles from becoming cancerous?
Guard against UV light. Stick to the shade, cover up your skin in the sun and use daily sun protection. As dermatologists, we always caution against sun beds, which use UV light to tan your skin, as they can be damaging – we especially highlight this in the case of a mole.
Can I check my moles?
Yes, mole mapping is a great way to do just that. We can use a special medical device to take photos of your skin and track changes over time. We can also use Mohs surgery to remove problem moles; ask us about this.
What’s my next step?
If you’re worried or anxious about a mole, book in to see us right away. Find all the details via our contact page, and we’ll arrange a quick consultation at our clinic near Elstree.