Demystifying Skin Moles: Addressing Common Questions and Concerns

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Expert Insights for a Better Understanding of Skin Moles and Mole Checks

Skin moles are a common occurrence, often raising questions and concerns among our patients. Understanding the nature of moles, their potential significance, and the associated risks is essential for maintaining skin health. In this post, we address some of the most frequently asked questions about skin moles, providing expert answers and shedding light on this often misunderstood topic.

  1. What exactly is a skin mole, and how are they formed?

    Skin moles, medically known as melanocytic nevi, are small, pigmented spots that appear on the skin’s surface. They are typically brown or black, but can also be pink, red, or flesh-coloured. Moles are formed when melanocytes, the skin cells responsible for producing pigment, grow in clusters instead of spreading evenly throughout the skin.

  2. Are all moles harmless, or can they be cancerous?

    Most moles are harmless and pose no threat to health. They often appear during childhood or adolescence and may increase in number and size with age. However, certain moles can develop into melanoma, a type of skin cancer. It is crucial to monitor moles for any changes in size, shape, colour, or texture, as these can be signs of malignant transformation.

  3. What are the warning signs that a mole might be cancerous?

    Follow our quick guide here. The ABCDE rule is a helpful guide for identifying potential signs of melanoma:

  • Asymmetry: One half of the mole does not match the other half.
  • Border: The edges of the mole are irregular, blurred, or jagged.
  • Colour: The mole has various colors or shades within it, such as different shades of brown, black, red, white, or blue.
  • Diameter: The mole is larger than a pencil eraser (about 6 mm in diameter).
  • Evolution: The mole has changed in size, shape, color, or elevation, or a new symptom has appeared, such as itching, bleeding, or crusting.If a mole exhibits any of these warning signs, it is crucial to consult a dermatologist promptly for further evaluation.
  1. Should I be concerned about new moles that appear on my skin?

    The appearance of new moles is relatively common, especially during adolescence and young adulthood. However, it is essential to monitor these new moles closely. If a new mole exhibits any suspicious characteristics or changes rapidly, it is advisable to consult a dermatologist for evaluation. Early detection is key in ensuring the timely treatment of any potential skin concerns.

  2. Can moles be removed, and is it necessary to do so?

    Moles can be removed for both cosmetic and medical reasons. If a mole is suspected to be cancerous or shows signs of atypical features, a dermatologist may recommend a biopsy or complete excision. Additionally, some individuals may choose to remove moles for cosmetic purposes if they find them aesthetically undesirable. It is important to consult a dermatologist to determine the appropriate course of action for mole removal.

  3. Are there any preventive measures to reduce the risk of developing melanoma?

    While some risk factors for melanoma, such as family history and genetic predisposition, are beyond an individual’s control, there are several preventive measures that can reduce the risk:

  • Protecting the skin from excessive sun exposure and UV radiation.
  • Using broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF.
  • Wearing protective clothing, including hats and sunglasses, when outdoors.
  • Avoiding tanning beds and sunlamps.Regular self-examination of moles and seeking professional evaluation for any suspicious changes are also crucial steps in melanoma prevention.

This blog post is not to be used in the place of in-clinic medical opinion. It is important to head to your GP or dermatologist if you notice any changes in your skin. At No. 23 Skin, we complete a lot of mole checks annually and our dermatologists each have almost 20 years of experience, so if you need help privately, Contact us here or on 02039411815 – we’re a friendly bunch and love to chat about your skin.

Helen and Dr Cherry

hc@23skin.co.uk

02039411815

 

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What a lovely find No.23 Skin is, this was my first facial post lockdown and I picked the perfect place. It is in beautiful location just off High St Ken and whilst being luxurious it was also welcoming and warm. I selected the anti-aging facial and Cecilia tailored it especially to my skin concerns. She had had such a great touch and I was relaxed from the first minute. Facial included a fabulous massage and a LED light treatment (this is a must) and after 75 mins I left with glowing skin! It’s been over two weeks and my skin still looks fresh and dewy.Next appointment is with Dr Armstrong for my wrinkle treatment. Will then be Christmas party ready!read more
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The team at No.23 Skin are really helpful, warm and knowledgeable. I went in for a pregnancy facial with Cecilia and she helped me with some very annoying milia that have been troubling me around my eyes for ages and nobody else would help with.I was also able to have a pregnancy safe peel which has left me with smoother skin with a more even tone. Would really recommend!read more
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