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Why do some people have darker moles than others?

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

Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Moles (Definition)

A mole (also called a nevus) is a localized overgrowth of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the skin. Most moles are benign. However, these cells can become cancerous. This is known as melanoma, ...Read more


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What to look for in moles that are darker?

What to look for in moles that are darker?

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

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Is it normal to have a black/ very very dark brown freckle/mole?

Is it normal to have a black/ very very dark brown freckle/mole?

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

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I have a mole that is dark and light brown and it is also flaky?

I have a mole that is dark and light brown and it is also flaky?

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

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What does it mean when you have moles and dark colored spots that itch?

What does it mean when you have moles and dark colored spots that itch?

Cant tell: Moles need to be evaluated in person. It is impossible to tell by description. A whole body exam is indicated if there any concerns, history of excessive sun exposure, or family history of skin cancer. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a mole goes from dark brown to tan, expanded a little to.

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

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I scraped a mole now its back and its a bit darker will it go back to its original color?

I scraped a mole now its back and its a bit darker will it go back to its original color?

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

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What does it mean when a small area of a mole that I've at for at least 3 turns slightly darker?

Can not tell: Most moles are normal, but moles can change over time. Moles larger than 6 mm in diameter, with an irregular border, which are asymmetrical, and changing should be checked. Comparison photos are available on aad. Org website. ...Read more

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I have just noticed a new mole and it has small dark brown dots in it, I've never noticed it until today?

See a dermatologist: Not a typical description of a melanoma. Best is to present to a dermatologist. If suspicious it will be sent for microscopic evaluation. ...Read more

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I noticed there was a new small shiny dark brown mole that had appeared on my butt, should I be concerned?

I noticed there was a new small shiny dark brown mole that had appeared on my butt, should I be concerned?

See your doctor: Without being able to visually inspect the mold, I am not able to answer your question. Does it itch? Does it bleed? These are two symptoms that increase the concern about a mole possibly being a skin cancer. See your doctor to have it checked. ...Read more

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4mm brown mole with dark brown area on back...Looks like a perfect circle. Are all moles with two colors atypical?

Mole: All moles with 2 colors are not cancerous. It is a better sign when the pigmentation is uniformly distributed. Since variegated colors are one of the criteria for atypical moles, a dermatologist should be consulted to evaluate any suspicious area. ...Read more

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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

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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

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Will a mole become darker and bigger after exposing it to sunlight? Also will going out dorr and touch sunpight produce more mole?

Mole: It depends on the mole. You certainly can get more sun damage and may get lesions caused by the sun the more you are out in the sun. That is why we recommend that you use sunscreen liberally and often when outdoors. Remember that cloudy days may even be worse for sun exposure, ...Read more

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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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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I have a dark itchy mole on my back should I be worried?

I have a dark itchy mole on my back should I be worried?

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

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I have a mole with a dark spot in it should I get it checked out?

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

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How do you make a dark mole really faint so you can hardly see it?

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

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What does it mean when a mole turns dark in colour, itches and bleeds?

Have it checked out: Have this mole checked out by a dermatologist to ensure that it is not a skin cancer. The bleeding is definitely a cause for concern. ...Read more

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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?

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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