Moles, Freckles, Skin Tags: What are the Differences?

by Paul on September 20, 2013

The human skin is the largest organ on the body. As such, it is one of the most important, even if it is not a vital internal organ. The reason for which the human skin is such a medically sensitive issue is that it is highly exposed to conditions in the environment. Also, treating complex skin conditions such as skin cancer has been proving a daunting task for medical science. This is why it’s usually a good idea to stay informed on the different types of lesions that affect the skin, understand them, and know how to go about treating them. Today’s post explains the difference between moles, freckles, skin tags – all of them benign skin-lesions.

Moles – Connect the dots

moles-freckles-skin-tags01Most people develop moles early on during their lifetimes. They either get them as children, or at least until they turn 30. They are usually inherited, they are darker in color than the rest of the skin (either brown or black) and, on average, an adult with moles will have about 10-40 of them dotting their skin. As we age, the moles on our body change as well: they grow larger and darker. Some moles also grow hairs in or around them and some can even disappear by themselves.

Not all types of moles are inherited, but those who are affect about 1 per cent of the human population. Their medical name is congenital nevi and, of all different types of moles, they are those most likely to become benign melanomas in time. While most moles are not dangerous, those that grow inordinately large, irregularly colored and also display an irregular shape should be checked out by a doctor immediately.

Freckles: Fun in the sun?

moles-freckles-skin-tags02As most of us already know, freckles are small brownish dots that appear on our faces during the summer. Some people also get freckles on their arms and shoulders. It’s more common for fair-skinned people to get freckles, as well as for natural red-heads. Since freckles pose no actual health threat, they require no medical treatment whatsoever. Still, it’s important to remember that their appearance is usually determined by spending too much time in the sun. In order to preserve the health of one’s skin, it’s important to avoid excessive exposure to the UV rays in direct sunlight and to always protect exposed areas of the skin with sunscreen. Although no connection has been established between the incidence of freckles and that of melanoma, people with fair skin also tend to be more prone to developing skin cancer and should use a sunscreen lotion with an SPF of at least 50.

Skin tags – What a nuisance!

moles-freckles-skin-tags03A skin tag is flap of skin tissue that is still connected to the main surface of the skin through a stalk, yet hangs off. They usually develop as people age and/or gain weight. While they are not dangerous in and of themselves, they can sometimes signal the onset of Type 2 diabetes – medical researchers have established a connection between skin tags and insulin resistance. There are several ways available for treating skin tags, but some are more expensive (as well as more painful) than others. They can be surgically removed, with laser, electric current, or via a freezing process called cryosurgery. However, surgical removal can also leave behind nasty scars, which will take some time to heal and also cause further nuisance to the person affected by skin tags. As such, one other preferred approach to skin tags is that of homeopathy. You can try out a topical formula like Tagaway, which leaves no scars and comes with no secondary effects, in order to get rid of the trouble of skin tags.

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