Skin moles are known as nevi in medical circles. They are those annoying little brown, or black spots on your skin. They are usually not cancerous and are nothing to be alarmed of.
You can have moles anywhere on your body. They come in a nice variety of different shapes and colors. You can even have hairy moles, where hair grows out of the mole, this might look weird, but it is completely normal.
Most skin moles appear during the first 20 years of life, it is considered normal to have around 40 or 50 moles on our bodies once we reach adulthood.
We noticed this ourselves when we started reaching our late teens, we would notice a bunch of new moles growing everywhere. Naturally we got scared and thought that something was going on.
But after doing some research on the matter, it turned out that everything is in order, and that these are completely natural and to be expected. Your moles can even turn a little bit darker if you’re in the sun a lot, so that’s cool too.
You can of course have less than that, but if you start noticing an excessive amount of skin moles, you should start getting suspicious, and see your doctor.
There are cosmetic treatments that can remove moles if they are really bothering you. Let us take a peak at what causes moles and if you can do anything about them popping up.
What Causes Moles?
So, what causes moles? Is it something you did, or do they just occur naturally?
It’s a bit of both. Moles can occur naturally, some are born with them, while others just get them without doing anything in particular.
More skin moles can form if you’re in the sun a lot, and most of the time they aren’t dangerous. Keep an eye out for any changes though, and remember not to be afraid of the sun.
We see so many people being afraid of the sun and thinking that it will cause skin cancer immediately. Don’t believe them!
Just make sure that you use proper sunscreen (natural of course) and aren’t in the sun when it is extremely hot. If you use common sense you should be okay :).
Moles develop when skin cells grow together instead of being spread out. These cells are called melanocytes and they give your skin the color it has.
When to See Your Doctor
Now that we have looked at what causes moles, let us move on to a more serious matter. When you should contact your doctor, and how to identify a mole that is turning into a melanoma (skin cancer).
If the borders of your moles are notched or scalloped you should contact your physician as these are signs of skin cancer.
It is completely normal if your mole is brown, black, or even pink. It is when your moles start having many colors that you should be worried.
Regular moles have normal and circular shapes. An irregular shape can be a sign of skin cancer (melanoma).
Increased size, or signs that the mole is growing or evolving should also cause concern!
Observe your skin moles and try to notice if they are changing over time. Usually they stay as they are, but if they start changing color, shape, start itching or even bleeding, you should contact your doc.
That’s all there is to it. Remember to only use natural sunscreen, they might be harder to find, but if you really knew what was in commercial products, you’d be shocked!
How to Get Rid of Moles
There are many home remedies available, but one of the best resources we’ve found and reviewed is called No More Moles, Warts, or Skin Tags™ by Chris Gibson.
If you find yourself with some extra time, you might want to check it out.
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