Beauty marks, skin moles or melanocytic nervus are pigmented formations on the body which can appear at birth or in the first 20 years of life. Moles can be found on the surface of the skin, like a small pigmented bump or dot.

Moles are considered to be “beauty marks” especially if located on the face. Celebrities like Marylin Monroe, Cindy Crawford were considered to be very sexy because of their mole just above the lip. Many women started to tattoo or draw with a pencil a mole above their lip just so they could look as sexy as Marylin or Cindy.

Skin moles can be genetic. You might find a mole exactly in a place where one of your ancestors had, but some moles can appear due to sunlight exposure (the sun amplifies the melanin production which causes moles to appear).

Are skin moles dangerous?

Skin moles can be dangerous if they turn into melanoma, which is a type of skin cancer. Developing a melanoma depends on your genetic history as well as sun exposure.

Sunburns or excessive sun exposure can contribute to the development of melanoma. This is why it is highly recommended to use sunscreen protection when exposing yourself to the sun’s rays.  It is a good idea to visit a dermatologist as soon as possible if you observe any changes in the moles appearance – size, color, shape.

Skin Mole Check Up

For example visit a dermatologist if you experience:

– pain when you touch the mole– changes of shape and color– itchiness– enlargement

The dermatologist can determine if these changes are normal or if a melanoma is developing.

Should you remove the moles?

Only a specialist can determine if a mole should or shouldn’t be removed through surgical procedure. It is believed by many people that removing skin moles can be dangerous but if the procedure is done correctly no danger is posed. Avoid picking, scratching or cutting your moles because it is dangerous.

One thing is for certain, moles can look good but can also cause discomfort. If you have any doubts concerning a mole on your skin visit a dermatologist as quickly as possible.