You wake up to brush your teeth and wash your face and the first thing you notice is something growing on your face that wasn’t there before! No, not the new pimple or the dried drool on the side of your face… something more prominent like a raised bump or growth.
Skin growths, believe it or not, are pretty common but in many cases are harmless in nature and fairly easy to treat. Some of the most common include skin tags and moles.
What in the World is a Skin Tag?
That’s a question I found myself asking not too long ago. After a bit of research I found out that a skin tag is actually a small piece of tissue that can hang from your skin. They are generally caused by skin to skin friction and typically appear around the neck, chest, back, armpits, eyelids, and near the groin area.
There’s no need to get overly alarmed. Besides the unsightly appearance of having a skin tag on your face, they are benign and do not pose any risks. They are also pretty painless in nature.
So How Do You Treat Skin Tags?
If you want to get rid of a skin tag, there are several ways to go about it. You can contact your dermatologist, who can remove them by cutting them off or freezing them. You can also try a simpler option, which would be to remove them utilizing a skin tag remover. By applying the solution to the affected area, you should start to see improvements over the next few days.
OMG is That a Mole?
Moles are another skin growth that can develop anywhere on the body. They are generally brown or black in color. Moles generally appear early on in childhood but can change and develop as you get older. It is common to have a few moles on the body. Moles are caused by skin cells that have grown into a cluster.
But Can’t They Be Cancerous?
There are instances in which a mole can be cancerous and very serious; however, you’ll be glad to know that many of them are benign. You should only be seriously concerned about moles if they look different than other moles in your body, or they appear on your body after the age of 30. Also be aware if you notice the mole changes color, size, or shape as you may need to have it looked at by a dermatologist.
How Are They Treated?
Better safe than sorry some people opt to visit the dermatologist at the sight of a mole. If your dermatologist believes that the mole needs further analysis or removal they will take a biopsy of the mole. If it is in fact cancerous the mole will be removed by cutting it off and stitching up the wound. If the mole is not cancerous, your dermatologist may do anything at all (unless you’d prefer to have them removed). You can also try over the counter mole removal products to get rid of moles in areas that are visible such as your face.
You know, the older I get the more I realize that the body changes in ways I would have never imagined. One minute you’re battling puberty and dealing with acne and the next minute you’re waking up to find new bumps and growths on your skin. The good thing is, in many cases you can resolve any skin issue with the help of your dermatologist or with the use of over the counter products. If only all of life were that simple.