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The Five Types of Moles


What Are the Five Types of Moles Found on the Skin?

The different types of skin moles have different appearance and properties. Thus, it is important to know of the main types of skin moles that exist.

Basically skin moles are non-cancerous growths on the skin. They are most commonly round or oval-shaped. Their color is generally brown and darker than the surrounding skin.

They are extremely common and they can be found all over the body although they appear more often on the trunk of the body, arms and face.

Here are the five main types commonly found:

Dermal Moles

These types of moles can contain hair and are very common on the upper half of the body. They can range from being the same colour as the skin to dark brown.

Compound Moles

These growths are usually raised and have a tan to a dark brown colour. These moles involve the melanocytes (which are the cells that gives our skin the brown colour) and can be found in the upper and lower layers of the skin.

Blue Moles

These moles are always raised a bit and as the name indicates have a deep brown or blue colour. They get this colour from deep down in the skin. These are more common in women than in men.

Junctional Moles

These are typically brown in colour and can be very slightly raised above the skin or completely flat.

Sebaceous Moles

This type of growth does not look like the rest because they are very rough to the touch and are usually yellow in colour. They are caused by oil glands (sebaceous glands) being over-active.

The majority of the different types are not cancerous and do not present any risk. But if your notice any changes in them, either shape, colour or size, you must seek medical attention. Some may develop into a cancerous growth and early treatment is absolutely essential.


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