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Why Do Some People Have Darker Moles Than Others
More pigment: Pigment is the chemical in the skin that determines color. Some people have more than others. There are also different types of moles. If a mole changes colors, has more than one color, has irregular borders, or gets bigger than a pencil eraser, it should be examined by a doctor. ...Read more
Don't "over" look it: A darker mole may mean nothing. If a mole has multi-colors, it's more worrisome. But also need to have other features to judge it is or is not a bad one: asymmetrical, border irregular, color changing (not just dark), diameter larger than 6mm and elevated (raised). ...Read more
Depends: If this particular mole has never changed color size or shape and is less than 5mm than its possible that this is a normal mole or freckle. See your doctor if any question about this. If any mole changes or bleeds spontaneously for no reason definitely check with your doctor. One easy way to remember is abcd : assymmetry, bleeding, color change or diameter growth change. - mole should come off. ...Read more
Dermatologist: I feel that any skin lesion that looks different from any other skin findings on your body is best checked by your physician or dermatologist for peace of mind especially if the lesion shows any change. ...Read more
Most likely nothing: It is a good idea to have your doctor look at any changing skin lesion. Benign skin lesions can also grow and change. Generally speaking, if a mole is larger than say a pencil eraser (6mm), edges are not sharp and clear, scaling or bleeding, the pigmentation is not uniform or even throughout, or obviously changing you should have it checked. The doctor may biopsy the lesion if necessary. ...Read more
It better!!: And if it doesn't, get it checked-out. Give it two weeks. A dermatologist would be your best bet, but your regular doctor could at least give you a good first opinion. Any mole that won't heal after being scratched, or grows in size, or has different colors in it or has rough edges you can feel is a cause for concern So is one that talks to you at night, but that would be a separate problem. ...Read more
I have just noticed a new mole and it has small dark brown dots in it, I've never noticed it until today?
I noticed there was a new small shiny dark brown mole that had appeared on my butt, should I be concerned?
Some of my taste buds has turned black (or dark brown + black). Are they moles? & if not, then, what are they?
Can a normal mole have 2 colors? And can it have an irregular border? And is it normal for a mole to be a really dark brown?
Can be: Any mole in question should be looked at by a doctor. And you should also do self exams to evaluate changes ...Read more
Had a mole removed on back 2 months ago. Dr went deeper than just a shave. Area is now a dark pink circle. Will this ever fade?
Red spot: Yes. It will go away with time or least late somewhat depending on your natural skin tone. There are people who have exaggerated scars though and you should talk to the dermatologist about the spot. You should also know the results of your path exam so that you will be able to take any action needed if more of the spot needs to be removed. ...Read more
Small (less than mm in diameter), flat, dark-brown, dots on face. They're like flat moles and I want to get them removed. What are they?
Not sure: Not sure. See a cosmetic dermatologist for exam and treatment. ...Read more
Its not summer yet and I haven't been outside. I keep getting these small dark brown/black dots and spots all over my body. Are they new moles?
Yes: As we age many of us get spots as you describe. They are likely harmless but you should be checked by your pcp to be sure. Sun with the uv rays cause pigmentation to brown us up. Those uv rays can play havoc with moles. Moles that are new or existing can be transformed into malignancy so any mole changing character need immediate exam by your pcp and maybey referral. ...Read more
3mm mole everything looks fine as far as the abcd rule goes but it's darker brown in middle and slowly fades to light brown evenly shaded. Bad?
Shaded mole: What you describe is common on benign nevi. Asymmetry is the key. Just keep an eye on it and get it seen if it changes. ...Read more
I had a facial mole removed by the shaving method. It is now flat but darker. Is there anyway to lighten it? Or does it need to be removed again?
May need excision: There is professional debate about the removal of benign skin lesions - whether to shave them off or cut them out (excise them). Of course sometimes a darkened scar can be helped by topical applications of a skin-lightening prescription-medication-crème (e.g., hydroquinone). Nonetheless, sometimes the most effective treatment of a round scar from shave-removal is actual excision of the round scar. ...Read more
The scrape healed my mole came back a bit darker yesterday the top half kinda dissapeared the other half will also go back to the orginal mole right?
Maybe not: The scrape disrupted the integrity of the skin of the mole. Depending on the depth of the injury and what was disturbed will decide how the mole looks when it reappears. ...Read more
Tiny mole, about the size of a pen point. Don't know how long it's been there. It looks real dark. Is dark ok? It's so small hard to tell the color.
See a dermatologist: A skin lesion this tiny is not likely malignant. ...Read more
I picked on a mole it had a wound it got better the mole returned a bit darker butnow half of its gone im guessing slowly the other half will go also?
Moles: A mole, also known as a nevus, is a pigmented area of the skin. Moles can be flat or raised. Most moles are harmless but some can be cancerous. Mole removal can be done several ways. Generally, the entire mole needs to be removed to ensure it does not return. A dermatologist can perform mole removal. ...Read more
Not necessarily: A mole can become itchy due to irritation but if it has changed in character it should be examined by an expert. ...Read more
Better safe: There is no substitute for having a funny mole checked out by a dermatologist. If you're concerned, setup an appointment to have your mole checked out by an expert. ...Read more
Mole removal: It is better to have your mole evaluated and removed by a board certified physician than to attempt removing it yourself. Most likely, skin lighteners will not be much help. ...Read more
Cut a mole a year ago, it bled, it's dark red or light red at times with dark color under skin, it's very small and round
See a dermatologist: For exam and treatment.Get a more detailed answer ›
I scraped my mole yhe mole came back darker it was getting lighter ams browner until I scratched it will it go back brown again?
Schedule an exam: What happens as the mole heals is hard to predict. It probably has more to do with your skin tone and propensity for healing than anything else. Visit your doctor for any of the following: Asymmetric moles, have irregular Borders, have varying Color, are larger in Diameter than a pencil eraser, or are Elevated above the level of the surrounding skin. These are the ABCDEs of moles. ...Read more
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