The majority of the population in the world has them: moles. Skin moles are therefore not dangerous by itself, but that could change over time. As moles remain a mystery to most of us, and we get a lot of questions about them, we take a closer look to this phenomenon that appears on our body. Some moles are there when we are born while others will appear later in life: does this make a difference in regards to risk? Let’s take a look.
What are skin moles?
A mole is basically a lesion on the skin. They grow on the surface of the skin, but can also develop below the surface of the skin: skin diseases like melanoma (what is melanoma?) evolve from moles and grow below that surface, for example. Skin moles are not dangerous while present, although any change could indicate that there is a certain risk. If you detect any abnormal growth or change in color, make sure to do a self-check or have it diagnosed by a doctor or dermatologist.
What causes skin moles?
Skin moles occur from skin cells. Normally, these cells will spread out over the whole body. But sometimes they will grow in a cluster, forming the dot that we call a mole. To be more scientific: these skin cells are called ‘melanocytes’ and these melanocytes are the cells that we get our skin color from – the pigment of these cells to be exact. The change of skin moles can have a variety of causes. The sun plays a big part when it comes to the change of color: UV exposure can darken moles and in the process make them more vulnerable for skin diseases.
Skin moles and skin cancer risk
So in general, skin moles are just a natural thing to have. But like all parts of your body they form a certain risk. Skin cancer is the biggest threat to a healthy mole.
The best thing to do when it comes to your skin is form a ‘skin routine’. This is a combination of different things that will make sure you stay safe, and your skin keeps looking healthy and shiny as well: take good care of your skin by using natural skin care products, self-check moles that you don’t trust with the SkinVision app to detect any risks, and use the ABCDE-method to manually look for signs of skin cancer.
A: Assymetry, one half of the skin mole looks different than the other
B: Border, the borders or edges look hurt or raised
C: Color, if changes in color appear, have skin moles checked out
D: Diameter, needs to be not larger than the eraser of a pencil
E: Evolution, if the mole changes in shape or form over time
Learn to apply this skin routine and feel better about your skin. Also, share with others and help raise awareness of skin cancer risk.