Types of Skin Moles and How to Identify Suspicious Ones

Skin moles are common for many people. Almost everyone can spot a mole on a part of their body. You can find moles on just about any part of the skin, including the scalp, palms, face, back, legs, hands, genitals, ears, and soles. Some people are born with moles while others appear in early childhood or when you are a young adult. Some moles may also appear later in life. Everyone should have a skin care regime which includes regular skin examinations and visiting a dermatologist whenever you notice unusual changes in your skin. 

Types of moles

There are there types of moles. These are:

  1. The moles you are born with which are called congenital moles.
  2. The harmless moles which appear on the skin after birth, known as common or acquired moles.
  3. The third types of moles are known as atypical moles or dysplastic nevus and are often large and multi-colored. 

Most moles that appear on the skin are harmless. Some people will have as many as from 10-40 moles. Normal moles maintain their shape, color, and size for a long time and some fade away by themselves.  It is crucial to track changes in your moles. Some changes in a mole may indicate a more serious problem. How do you identify suspicious moles?


  • A mole that appears when you are older


If you have never had a mole before in your childhood or young adulthood and a new mole appears, you need to see a dermatologist. A dermatologist should check if the mole is cancerous or not.  Some reasons that may cause a new mole to appear may be prolonged exposure to the sun. 


  • Changes in a mole


If you notice any changes in a mole, you need to see a doctor. Such changes may include changes in size, color, or general appearance of a mole. If you also notice small protrusions on the borders of a mole, you need to get examined by a professional so that they can rule out cancer. 


  • Moles that are different from others in your body


If you see a mole that is significantly different from the other moles on your body, that is a suspicious mole. 


  • Moles which are sensitive


If your mole feels itchy and has a tingly feeling, that could be a sign of a bigger problem. Look out for moles which bleed or those which are oozing water and other fluids. 


  • Check the shape and feel of the mole


Watch out for moles which are raised from the skin or contain lumps. Moles which have an irregular surface and feel rough and scaly should be cause for alarm too. A mole with notched edges is an indicator that cells inside the mole are growing past their normal boundaries, which could indicate a cancerous growth. 

Most moles are harmless, but it is crucial to recognize any changes and immediately seek the advice of a doctor. If a mole makes you uncomfortable or if it is cancerous, you can have a dermatologist remove it.