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Skin Moles – Things To Know About It

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Most people are having 10-40 skin moles. Some are from birth, some develop gradually over the lifetime.

Most of them appear during adulthood due to exposure to the sun.

Most of them are brown in color, but some are red or pink in color. Almost 85% of them are benign while some may be cancerous.

Why do they appear?

Melanocytes are the cells in the skin. Melanocytes spread all over your body and produce Melanin, which defines your skin color. But when these melanocytes instead of spreading grow in clusters, moles are formed.


There are three types of it – 

  1. Congenital
  2. Acquires
  3. Atypical
  1. Congenital – They are present since birth. Almost 1 out of 100 babies are having congenital moles. 

They are flat and black or brown in color. Most congenital moles don’t become cancers.

  1. Acquired – Acquired are appear later in life. They are developed due to sun damage.

They are brown in color and later may change into the black in color. There are fewer chances of turning these moles into cancers.

  1. Atypical – Atypical moles are slightly larger and have irregular borders. These are at greater risk of becoming cancerous.


You want to remove your moles, as they are on the face or noticeable location on your body or due to their large size.

If you are thinking of mole removal, always consult a dermatologist, never do it by own.

Dermatologists remove small moles with shaving, but for large, he can cut it may be under local anesthesia.

Mole removal can leave scars behind, which can be treated with ointment or laser treatment.

How to differentiate between normal and cancerous mole?

Cancerous moles are asymmetrical in shape. They have an irregular border and are larger in size almost more than 6mm. Also, one mole can consist of different colors.


  • Almost 85% of moles are normal.
  • Consult a dermatologist if you notice a rapid increase in the size of it and change in color.
  • People say home remedies like garlic, aloe vera, apple side vinegar, and banana peel helps to remove it, but there is no data available for it.
  • So, if you want to remove it consult a dermatologist.

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