Mole Menace: Natural and Popular Removal Methods
What do celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Angelina Jolie, Madonna and Cindy Crawford have in common…? Well these women would have looked imperfect without their perfectly placed beauty spots. As is the case with these lovely women, moles may be a beauty spot or a flaw making or marring a person’s appearance and confidence. Nevertheless, if you happen to be one of them with an unsightly mole, desperate to get rid of it then read on…
WHAT ARE MOLES?
Moles are a collection of pigmented skin cells that occur in round flat spots on the external layer of the skin. These consist of a group of cells called melanocytes positioned beneath the skin layer, responsible for melanin production. Melanin is the pigment determining the skin colour. Most moles are harmless but for a few of them which turnout to be cancerous.
ALTERNATIVE NAMES OF MOLE
Medically known as nevi or nevus moles are derived from the nevus cells responsible for the formation of nevus (moles). Other names include…
- Nevocytic Nevus
- Banal Nevus
- Melanocytic Nevus
CHARACTERISTIC FEATURES OF MOLES
Moles arise on any part of the body in varied sizes and colours ranging from large to small in pink, red, brown and black or matching the skin tone. However, a majority of the moles emerge in groups or in singles either in black or brown hues varying in size ranging from large to small.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF MOLES
This type of mole existing from the time of birth is usually range from being small to big. There are possibilities of the nevus turning malignant with an increase in size.
Compound nevus is the attractive beauty spot often appearing slightly raised in black or brown tones. Due to the cells responsible for producing melanin, these moles grow in the lower and upper skin layers.
Emerging flat and taking on a roundish contour the Junctional Nevus may occur in hues of dark tan or black positioned between the epithelium and dermis
These slightly elevated moles consist of blue pigment emerging on the arms, neck and head.
This type of nevi bears a reddish hue with a slight bump present within the skin layers of a child
These types of moles are not present during birth and develop later in life.
PHASE OF OCCURRENCE
According to the Dermatology Academy of America, one in 100 newborn babies has a mole somewhere in the body. It is common for moles to start emerging during childhood years with an increased numbers during adulthood. Most of them appear on the foot, soles, hand or palm within the first twenty years of an individual’s life due to the rapid changes taking place within the body. Nevertheless, due to the changes happening at various phases of life, women are more prone to moles.
Genes play an important role in inheriting certain physical traits from either of our parents. Similarly, Atypical Mole Syndrome attributes genes for the growing number of moles in the body, asymmetrical in size and colour. However, these have a distinct possibility of developing into Melanoma, a skin disorder.
Overexposure to the Sun
Besides hereditary factors overexposure to the suns harsh rays lead to formation of moles. Therefore it is inadvisable to spend long hours in the sun. For extra protection from the sun, it is better to wear sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen or carry an umbrella. People with a fair complexion are more inclined to formation of moles compared to those with a dark complexion. In addition to formation of moles, excessive exposure to the sun also may increase the possibility of developing skin cancer.
Any disorders of the thyroid gland lead to increased mole formation due to the body’s inability to produce these hormones.
Hormonal changes occurring in the body during times of puberty, pregnancy and menopause result in mole growth.
Using Hormone tablets lead to excessive growth of moles in the body. These moles tend to appear long after stopping the medication as the body takes time to slip back to its normal condition.
Generally, a hairy mole is benign and safe. However a mole that irritates, bleeds and changes colour have possibilities of becoming malignant. These have the characteristic features listed below…
- A: Asymmetrical
- B: irregular border
- C: change in colour/multiple hues
- D: larger than normal size
- E: distended or growing
These types of moles need removal for fear of spreading to other parts of the body. Nevertheless inappropriate removal leads to affecting the other parts of the body. Hence, it is imperative to remove them with utmost care. These malignant moles however occur in fair-skinned individuals including those suffering from potassium deficiency.