Moles, Their Causes and Treatment
Moles are small skin growths that are typically brown or black in color. They appear anywhere on the body and can be present alone or in small groups. Moles tend to appear early on in life but they can also appear at later stages.
It is typical to have around 10 to 40 moles by adulthood and while many moles are harmless and don’t change in appearance, some may be signs of more serious conditions such as skin cancer. The more serious moles may change over time. These changes may be their size, texture, color or body hair that begins to grow on the mole. Moles may darken and change during the teen years and pregnancy due to hormone fluctuations or after extreme exposure to the sun.
Moles are caused when melanocytes, the skin cells that make up the pigment, grow in a clusters as opposed to growing evenly spread across the skin. Any mole that changes in appearance should be evaluated by a professional who can then rule out any harmful conditions. Moles can be removed using varying treatments.
Skin Tags, Their Causes and Treatment
Skin tags are small flaps of tissue that hang off the skin by small connecting stalks. They are benign and completely harmless. skin tags are typically found on the neck, back, chest, armpit, breast and groin areas.
Women are more prone to skin tags which are caused by weight gain but middle aged and elderly people contract them too. They don’t tend to cause any pain but they can become irritated by friction when clothing or jewelry rubs against them.
Treatment isn’t necessary for skin tags as they are harmless but anyone wanting them removed can do so through various means. A doctor or medical aesthetician removes skin tags by scalpel, laser treatments or freezing treatments among others.