How often do you check your skin for changes or irregularities? Do you know the difference between a mole and a lentigo? Do you think skin tags are just for older folk?
Fall is the perfect time to form the habit of checking your body all over once a month for any irregularities or abnormalities.
Remember: Any new or changing skin condition may indicate a more serious medical problem.
Your best chance of eliminating an issue later on is early detection and treatment.
Five common skin growths to be aware of are:
- Moles – Moles are typically brown or black and protrude from your skin. Many moles form before the age of 30 and slowly evolve over time. You may have singular moles or moles in groups. Moles can be removed for either medical or cosmetic purposes. Watch your moles for changes in shape, size or color, as this may possibly indicate a skin cancer.
- Seborrheic keratoses – Seborrheic keratoses are usually small and rough. They are brown or black and may develop on your chest, face, under your breasts or your back as you age. There is no known cause for seborrheic keratoses, but they’re typically harmless.
- Freckles – Freckles are dark spots on your skin. Fair-skinned people are more susceptible, and commonly develop freckles on their face, shoulders, and arms. Freckles typically become darker during sunnier months. Freckles are not usually a cause for concern and do not need to be removed.
- Lentigines – Like freckles, lentigines are dark spots that appear as a result of sun damage. They are most common in the aging population. A lentigo can be eliminated with topical medication or laser therapy.
- Skin Tags – Skin tags are flesh-colored flaps of skin that often grown in your armpit, under your breasts, on your neck or in your groin area. They can appear at any age and do not pose a threat to your health.
Want to know more? Call Laser & Mohs Dermatology and schedule a consultation appointment, today (212) 391-8600.