Flat Red Moles On Skin

A mole comes in a variety of shapes and colors. Most of them occur early in life, usually around 20 year of age, and they might be a consequence to direct sun exposure.

Those that have a brown or black color are called flat moles and they are most of the times the perfect candidates for being removed with laser.

Laser is very effective for flat moles removal, and usually it can take up to 3 sessions before the procedure is completed with success. Laser is very different from the rest of the surgical processes, as there is no cutting involved. The laser's beam of light seals off the blood vessels and so no blood will appear during the procedure.

Depending on the flat mole size, the removal treatment does not last very long, usually ending in just a few minutes. The sensation that can be felt varies from a minor pulse to a snap, and it is much similar like the one that comes when you snap a rubber band on the skin. Depending on the location, it can be barely noticeable or at most slightly uncomfortable, but it is under no circumstances painful.

The laser treated area should not be exposed to sun at all for a short period of time after the removal procedure, until it fully heals. The area will have a red colour and will eventually form a scab. The scab might last up to a few weeks. It is recommended that you do not scratch the skin at all during those weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    how can i get rid of little red flat moles on my skin.looking for home remedies to try and get rid of them.?
    i've been told that they might be liver spots...but my liver is ok. they are all little and flat, not scaly and are not raised, and perfectly round. if anyone has any answers to help me find a way to get rid of them, please let me know. i prefere home remedies, if anyone knows of any. is something lacking in my system? thanks again everyone.

    • ANSWER:
      Be very, very careful with moles. It would be best to have a dermatologist determine if one could be melanoma. This is a very deadly cancer, but one of the easiest to cure if caught in time. If you cut a cancerous mole, one cancer cell would be enough to enter the blood stream.

      It appears that you know about the irregular edges and dark brown areas within a mole. The Australians were the first to notice a dramatic increase in melanomas due to being in the sun often. They have a saying when going into the sun. "Slip, slop, slap." Slip on a shirt, slop on the sunscreen, and slap on a hat.

  2. QUESTION:
    Flat, red circles on the inside of my thighs?!?
    Hi there, a couple months ago I noticed a small dark pink circle on the inside of my thigh. I assumed it was just some sort of rash or irritation so I ignored it. But a few days later I noticed a smaller but similar one on the inside of my other thigh.

    About a month ago, I measured the larger one to be about 1/2 an inch in diameter. The other one was much smaller. But this morning I measured them again and now the large one is just over 3/4 of an inch in diameter, while the small one is now about 1/2 an inch. It seems they are getting larger.

    The circles are solid colour (therefore not just a ring shape). They are a dark pink-brown shade as compared to my normally pale skin. They were nearly perfect circles, although the larger one now looks like an almost deformed circle (the edge is not even). The smaller one is still an even circle, but one half is slightly darker than the other. They are flat to the skin (although to the eye they look raised, but they really aren't). They are also smooth, even though the dark colour makes them look a bit like dry skin (but this isn't dry skin).
    They are located high on high inside of my thighs, near where the thigh meets the pubic bone.

    Does anyone have any ideas as to what these might be? They do not appear to be going away, in fact they appear to be getting larger. I have a few moles on my arms so I know these circles are not moles. As well, I do not have any birth marks, so it wouldn't be that either.

    Thanks for you help. Any help or suggestions will be appreciated.
    Wow, Thanks everyone. Your ideas are all pretty consistant. I guess it must be a fungal infection. Is that bad? I'm a clean person and I shower daily.
    I will definitely go see a doctor as soon as I can. I read up on ring worm, but it seems these infections normally affect men. How could I have gotten this? I guess these are questions for the doctor.

    Thanks again everyone!

    Oh.. and no I haven't noticed any itching with them. The only reason I noticed them is because of the obvious difference in skin tone where the circles are in comparison to my normal skin tone.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, it could be nearly anything--which a Doctor would label a Dermatitis.

      Ringworm is a fungal infection and the area is a circle (thus the term RING). Most often they pop up in different areas--the upper thigh is not usually where this would be confined to.

      You could have irritation from detergent or an allergic reaction. Does it itch at all?

      My suggestion is to go to your doctor to determine the cause and treatment for this.A Dermatologist would be the Specialist that you should see.

  3. QUESTION:
    Can you use skin bleaching cream on Post mole removal scars?
    I used a mole remover called Drematend. It has been about 10 months now and I am left with flat, red scars. Would a bleaching cream work to turn these scars back to their natural skin tone, or does bleaching creams only work on brown spots like sun spots or age spots?

    • ANSWER:
      I think it just works on dark spots...not sure tho, u shud ask a dermatologist

  4. QUESTION:
    Red mole things on my skin?
    There is one on my face under my eye and there are some on my belly. and they are flat and i don't go in the sun a lot so what could it be?

    • ANSWER:
      Heat Bumps.
      But go get them checked by
      a doctor.

  5. QUESTION:
    skin...moles...insect bites pls help!?
    About 10 days ago I got what i thought was an insect bite on the bottom of my back. It was the usual red/itchy and I assumed it would dissapear like insect bites do. However, its still there, its hard for me to get a good look with it being on my back but mirrors show that its not just a round little lump like bites, it seems to have spead a little into an oval shape about 1cm in diameter. It is red, itches slightly and is definitely a different texture to my normal skin. I am unsure if this texture is due to the fact that i have scratched it to alieviate the itching, thus causing minor damage to the skin resulting in the different texture.
    My other concern is that It could be a new mole that has sprung up suddenly. I have a few other moles, all fine, light brown tiny flat dots.
    Any ideas of weather this is an insect bite or if it could be something else. for info, i have a horse (so am around different types of flies etc everyday) and cats. I have had pets from brith so not allergic

    • ANSWER:
      If I were you, i,d get it checked out. Not to scare you but a brown recluse spider bite you won,t feel but will start as a red area and soon spread until it starts to turn dark. Seriously if you get it checked out now its better to be safe than sorry. Maybe its just something else but anything that don,t go away is worth checking out.

  6. QUESTION:
    Tiny, red, mole-like dots on just the right breast. Im pretty scared. What could it be? What should I do?
    Last night, my right breast was very itchy so I just went on and scratched it till I eventually decided to just lied down on my stomach which surprisingly somehow helps stop the itchiness. After I showered today, I noticed that there are small, red, mole-like flat dots on that same right breast. The dots are scattered around on just the right side so they just occupy half of the skin around the breast. I'm just turning 17 in 9 days and I don't think we have any family members who had Cancer-if ever there are, at least around 2-3 who aren't in my direct family. Could it be cancer? Or what other possibilities could it be? What should I do? Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      sounds more like a rash caused by an allergic reaction, or a mosquito bite that you scratched hard enough to harm your skin slightly. And breast cancer at 17 is pretty much impossible, it is actually considered an aging disease, that older women usually get, as breast cancer is developed in women that were more exposed to estrogen in their life time, which you puts at less than one percent risk, almost at zero. In fact there are no recorded cases of breast cancer in girls your age at all. Unless you think it's another type of cancer, but I don't know what made you think it's cancer at all. What is a malignant tumor in your breast to do with itchiness and a rash? Go to a dermatologist and have him prescribe you a cooling cream for the itchiness ad something for the rash.
      Good luck :)

  7. QUESTION:
    I have a weird red mole?
    I first noticed a small red speck on my chest between my boobs a few years back... Since that it has very slowly grown and is now 3-D (ie. It stands out from my skin a little rather than lying flat. It's not big, it's pretty small. But it's weird.. My Dad has red moles all over his back. What are these? It's creepy!

    • ANSWER:
      I've got a tiny red mole between my boobs too lol and it's stayed that way for years so I'm not worried but as yours is growing and bothering you it wouldn't hurt to ask a doctor,they probably get weirder questions

  8. QUESTION:
    red dot on breast????? cancer ???
    i have two spots on my breasts, one is a bright red dot on my upper breast, its probably as wide as a pencil mark, it honestly looks BRIGHT red, it looks like i took a thin marker and marked my skin. Its flat, and just looks like a small flat mole would, but its bright red. Than, I have a mark that looks kind of like a blackhead closer to my nipple, its a little tiny bit darker than the color of my skin, and yeah it looks like it has a head to it, like a blackhead pimple. The pimple has been there for a while, and the red dot literally appeared like within the last week. I think.

    Could any of these be breast cancer? I worry wayyy too much about little things like this, but i always check my body, just incase. My mother hates doctors, and hardly ever takes me to the doctor regardless, but im convincing her to make an appointment to just check some things out for me.

    But anyway, from what I described, could these possibly be cancerous or harmful to me ????

    • ANSWER:
      It doesnt seem dangerous to me. The red spot could be a burst cappilary (have you been hit in the boob recently). The other spot could in fact be a pimple.
      Breast cancer is usually associated with a hard lump, an indinting or dimpling of the breast, swollen breast and bloody discharge.

      Im guessing that you are only very young which makes it even more unlikly. There is no need to worry. In saying that, there is nothing wrong with getting it checked out by a doctor just for reassurance.

      But dont worry, its rare for a young person like you.

  9. QUESTION:
    few questions bout my flat mole?
    ok im 13 and on my thigh i have one flat mole but its not like the pictures ive seen. but my family say its a mole! mines fox coloured compared to the one i see which are brown and mine also it look like a big frecle.
    i want to know if this kind of mole is gonna be a risk to skin cancer?
    i want to know if theres any natural way of getting rid of moles?
    i want to know if lavender oil works to get rid of moles cuz ive red read that it does??
    and if soo how much and how would u apply it?

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    Do you think this sounds like a safe way to remove moles? I found this ointment on line & would like to try...?
    Directions for all types of Moles:

    Do not open Wart Mole Vanish cream until ready to use.
    Stir thoroughly and use immediately!
    Clean mole with provided antibacterial solution using cotton swab or wash with soap and water.
    MOLES: Scratch (rough up) entire mole surface with supplied emery board and/or toothpick. DO NOT POKE! Do not scratch skin surrounding mole. Scratching should be hard enough so that when WART & MOLE VANISH cream is applied it will penetrate mole surface, but not so hard as to make it bleed. Scratching is the most important part! You may need to pinch a flat mole between your fingers to rough it up, so if you can't use both hands, ask a friend to help you. Try not to rough up the skin around the mole.
    RAISED MOLES 1/8" - 1/4" (3-6mm) or more may need 2 back to back treatments.
    FLAT Moles will need only one treatment. (APPLY ONLY A THIN LAYER OF WMV CREAM!)
    Open Wart Mole Vanish cream bottle and stir contents thoroughly with applicator stick. DO NOT USE COTTON SWAB. (Re-hydrate if necessary to a watery cream)
    Using tip of applicator stick, apply a thin layer of Wart Mole Vanish cream until surface of mole is fully covered. Use only enough Wart Mole Vanish cream to cover the affected area and do not apply to the surrounding skin. (A little goes a long way.) Replace bottle top.
    Allow Wart Mole Vanish cream to remain for 20 minutes. There should be a moderate to strong stinging sensation lasting 5-10 minutes. Mole should turn dark brown or black.
    Swelling and or redness around mole is normal.
    Gently wash off white dried Wart Mole Vanish cream with water or a wet cotton swab.
    Raised moles 1/8" - 1/4" (3-6mm) or more may require more than one treatment to remove mole completely. Repeat steps 3-9 now, or wait 1-3 weeks for the scab to fall off and then repeat steps 1-9. Flat moles will need only one treatment.

    A SCAB should form within 24-48 hours. Be careful not to remove scab prematurely! You can wash and bathe normally. We recommend pure NATURAL VITAMIN E OIL (D-α-Tocopherol), fresh Aloe Vera or an antibiotic cream!
    Wait 1-3 weeks (up to 5 weeks is normal for large moles) for scab to fall off naturally.
    Be Patient! Under no circumstances disturb or remove the scab. It should loosen and fall off naturally.

    Important Notes:
    If bleeding occurs while scratching, WAIT as long as it takes to stop the bleeding completely before applying cream.
    If stinging sensation is not felt, it means Wart Mole Vanish cream has not penetrated the mole and the application will fail or provide only a partial result. Scratch deeper and reapply.
    Redness and swelling on skin around treated mole is a natural occurrence, indicates healing is progressing and quickly disappears.
    Pink or red tissue is normal after scab falls off. Normally, the pinkness will fade as the tissue becomes environmentally conditioned. Skin tones normally balance out within 30 days although some people may require several months for skin tones to return to normal.
    Generally speaking, the use of an antibacterial cream to prevent infection may also reduce the risk of scarring and promote faster healing. PURE NATURAL VITAMIN E OIL (D-α-Tocopherol) is highly recommended!
    Avoid contact with normal skin. Should contact occur, simply wipe off with wet cotton swab or, scrape off with unused end of applicator stick, then immediately wash the area with water.
    USE WITH CHILDREN: Wart Mole Vanish can be used with children as long as they can sit patiently while undergoing the application procedure. The stinging sensation can be significant for sensitive children. Caution is advised. Contact us for more information about the use with children.
    IF MIXTURE DRIES UP, it may be possible to rehydrate. Use applicator stick to add a little water at a time to bring to original creamy consistency. (This may or may not work)

    Precautions
    Wart & Mole Vanish cream is for external use only. People with significant immune deficiencies or healing disorders such as keloid scars must consult a physician before using this product.

    If Wart Mole Vanish cream gets into eyes, flush thoroughly with water. If unusual discomfort arises, consult a physician. Keep out of reach of children.

    Whenever attempting to manipulate or change the dermis one should expect that a blemish or scar may result. In most circumstances the use of the product will result in a minor and temporary blemish that normally fades away within 90 days.

    Please note: You must be 18 years or older to purchase and use this product. For children, adult supervision is required.

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, I do not believe any mole should be treated like a 'wart'
      a wart is a virus and doesn't belong on your body.
      Generally moles are part of who you are and can turn cancerous.

      Moles also are vascular and grow beneath the surface.

      Personally I believe they should be treated by a professional and will most likely grow back because they are below the surface was well.
      Plus if you mess with moles you tend to disturb them and can cause trauma.

  11. QUESTION:
    Do I have Skin cancer / melanoma?
    http://i518.photobucket.com/albums/u346/LizzyJewel93/mole.jpg

    ^^ thats my mole.

    I have a mole on my back that is causing me trouble. And I think I may have melanoma. I have apt. this friday with the doctor. But was looking to get some insight now. Below is what the sympotoms are suppose to be. I have a yes or no beside it as to whether or not I have that symptom. Do you think I have it?

    Yes- * A is for asymmetry. One half of the mole or skin growth doesn't match the other half.

    Yes- * B is for border irregularity. The edges are ragged, notched, or blurred.

    Yes. Brown and tan- * C is for color. The pigmentation is not uniform. Shades of tan, brown, and black are present. Dashes of red, white, and blue add to the mottled appearance. Changes in color distribution, especially the spread of color from the edge of a mole into the surrounding skin, also are an early sign of melanoma.

    Yes- * D is for diameter. The mole or skin growth is larger than 6 mm (0.2 in.) or about the size of a pencil eraser. Any growth of a mole should be of concern.

    Signs of melanoma in an existing mole include changes in:

    Yes. Thickening. -* Elevation, such as thickening or raising of a previously flat mole.

    No- * Surface, such as scaling, erosion, oozing, bleeding, or crusting.

    Yes. My mole is on my back and all around it is red and itchy. almost like a rash - * Surrounding skin, such as redness, swelling, or small new patches of color around a larger lesion (satellite pigmentations).
    * Sensation, such as itching, tingling, or burning.
    * Consistency, such as softening or small pieces that break off easily (friability).

    Melanoma can develop in an existing mole or other mark on the skin, but it often develops in unmarked skin. Although melanoma can grow anywhere on the body, it frequently occurs on the upper back of men and women and on the legs in women. Less commonly, it can develop on the soles, palms, nail beds, or mucous membranes that line body cavities such as the mouth, the rectum, and the vagina.5

    Many other skin conditions (such as seborrheic keratosis, warts, and basal cell cancer) have features similar to those of melanoma.
    Later symptoms

    Later signs of melanoma include:

    No. - * A break in the skin or bleeding from a mole or other colored skin lesion.

    Yes. - * Pain in a mole or lesion.

    Symptoms of metastatic melanoma may be vague and include:

    No. - * Swollen lymph nodes, especially in the armpit or groin.
    No. - * A colorless lump or thickening under the skin.
    Yes. - * Unexplained weight loss.
    No. - * Gray skin (melanosis).
    No. * Ongoing (chronic) cough.
    Yes. -* Headaches.
    No. -* Seizures.

    • ANSWER:
      From what I've seen, melanomas usually are very dark colored, almost black, like burned skin. Looking at your mole, it does appear slightly asymmetrical and does seem to have a different color in the center than around the border. It doesn't look like melanoma, but it does look "suspicious" to me, meaning, it should be removed just to be sure it doesn't cause problems later. However, a dermatologist may decide differently. Make sure you have it examined.

  12. QUESTION:
    Are there any other signs of skin cancer besides a mole changing appearance?
    I have a mole on my stomach which has changed in appearance, it used to be raised and is now flat, it also has uneven edges and has a red/pink ring around it. It has been like this for a while as I kept forgetting about it. It doesnt itch and is not sore or irritating. I have a appointment with the doctor on Friday but after looking into it on the internet am getting really worried, are there any other signs of skin cancer I should be looking out for?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many things to look out for but the main three are:
      1. Change in edges (irregular border)
      2. Change in size
      3. Change in color

      Its appearance can vary, but the first sign can be a small, smooth, shiny, pale or waxy lump; a firm red lump; a lump that bleeds or develops a crust; or a red spot that is rough, dry or scaly.

      What should you do? Call your doctor if you're at all concerned, or if you notice an asymetrical mole, a mole with an irregular border, a mole that has changed color, or a mole that has a diameter greater than five millimeters (the size of a pencil eraser).

      Not all mole changes signal melanoma, but it's important to have any changes checked out early. Many doctors like to examine any skin discoloration or growth. The worst that can happen is that your doctor takes a little time to reassure you that all is well, and the best is that this exam may save your life.

      Here's what to expect: Your doctor will examine the area of concern, as well as other areas of your skin and decide whether the skin growth can be watched for awhile, or whether a skin biopsy is in order (that means taking a piece of the tissue, or removing the whole area). The tissue is then sent to the lab.

      If the results are positive for skin cancer, treatment will depend upon whether the cancer is a nonmelanoma (basal cell or squamous cell), or a melanoma. Other types of skin cancer may be identified, but once skin cancer is diagnosed, more tests will be done to see if it has spread.

  13. QUESTION:
    My skin has small pin head dry spots on it. Like little pin head sized scabs. My chest has a rash. And...?
    I have a few flat moles around my belly that are red and itchy. Other than that I'm alright....
    Anyway, what's going on with my skin? Not enough water? Vitamin or mineral deficiency?
    Oh yea...and I have the white spots on the back of my hand and some on my arms... Help! Anything non-western medicine I can try? What's going on with my skin?

    • ANSWER:
      MUD!

  14. QUESTION:
    Weird small dots on skin?
    These two weird small dots have developed on my skin, they are small and look like mini flat moles. I have one on each of my cheeks. And both of them have a small red spot next to them , thats about the same size. The red spot looks like when you have a pimple and pick at it . I hate them and how do I get rid of them? And what are they!

    • ANSWER:
      AIDS

  15. QUESTION:
    Cancerous Moles On my back?
    I went to a walk in, to have one of my moles looked at, and she said to get one checked out at my own Doctor...

    I'm 18, Red headed naturally, Fair skin, lots of moles/freckles, ive had a few really bad sunburns as a kid, i burn easily, and I used to tan(but not obsessively...) Apperantly my Grandfather had skin cancer, but I'm not too sure if this is true!

    With what you all think (and I know this isn't a diagnosis) Does this look like something scary and in need of medical attention to you?

    P.S. the flash on my camera makes em appear a little lighter.

    This is my back , and here are two flat around, but bumpy in the middle moles, these were the hardest to photograph, and appear light with the flash. They are not completely flat, and no hairs comming out.

    http://tinypic.com/r/33x8u89/4

    http://tinypic.com/r/2vvwdoh/4 - This one is on my side, on my back.

    http://tinypic.com/r/2vai5jn/4 - Last byt not least, there is one mole, that has a darker colored Brown dot in the middle, again hairless.

    http://tinypic.com/r/dm76yw/4 -What i am pointing to seems like a REALLY weird Birthmark, it's faded, and its hard to see with this flash, but its spotted, if you can see it? Doctors always point it out, but I've had a really deep dark red one since birth, and they never say anything about it...

    Thanks so much, Do these require immediate medical attention? If not cancerous, what else could they be?

    • ANSWER:
      Remember the ABCDE of skin.
      A asymmetry most ''safe'' moles are round, should stay round.
      B borders that are irregular or notched
      C color or CHANGE
      None of these factors are an indication of cancer, just put them on a 'watch' list,
      see a Dr. asap and keep an eye on them.

  16. QUESTION:
    Do these moles look cancerous?
    I went to a walk in, to have one of my moles looked at, and she said to get one checked out at my own Doctor...

    I'm 18, Red headed naturally, Fair skin, lots of moles/freckles, ive had a few really bad sunburns as a kid, i burn easily, and I used to tan(but not obsessively...) Apperantly my Grandfather had skin cancer, but I'm not too sure if this is true!

    With what you all think (and I know this isn't a diagnosis) Does this look like something scary and in need of medical attention to you?

    P.S. the flash on my camera makes em appear a little lighter.

    This is my back , and here are two flat around, but bumpy in the middle moles, these were the hardest to photograph, and appear light with the flash. They are not completely flat, and no hairs comming out.

    http://tinypic.com/r/33x8u89/4

    http://tinypic.com/r/2vvwdoh/4 - This one is on my side, on my back.

    http://tinypic.com/r/2vai5jn/4 - Last byt not least, there is one mole, that has a darker colored Brown dot in the middle, again hairless.

    http://tinypic.com/r/dm76yw/4 -What i am pointing to seems like a REALLY weird Birthmark, it's faded, and its hard to see with this flash, but its spotted, if you can see it? Doctors always point it out, but I've had a really deep dark red one since birth, and they never say anything about it...

    Thanks so much, Do these require immediate medical attention? If not cancerous, what else could they be?

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    DRY FLAKEY SPOTS ON OILY SKIN??!!! PLEASE HELP 10 EASY POINTS!!?
    ok so i have been using the Drem Matte Mouse foundation and ever since i started to use it, i got LOADS of spots. after the spot goes away, its place goes REALLY flakey and dry. the skin just peels off and the spot isnt red or anything.

    the flakeyness also gets to my hair. my fringe has started going flakey!

    i haven't been in the sun too much, lol i live in the uk!

    i am only 14 and don't have a dermatologist!

    my GP doesnt care because i have these moles on and cancerous mole on my shoulder and told him, he said to just leave it sooo.......

    yeah i cant afford too expensive stuff. :D

    i have also tryed moisterizers. WOULD HONEY WORK???!!

    THANKYOU!

    also if you know anything about like making moles appear lighter or anything feel free to say!! FLAT moles btw thank you :D

    • ANSWER:
      There were totally 15 moles / black spots on my face and body before, I tried this mole remover and most of my moles were gone right now. But please pay attention, don’t over use in order to avoid getting scar. Hope it works for you too.

      For more information, please see the following using methods, it is very useful for unwanted moles, beauty marks, black spots.

      BRAND NEW DIY MOLE VANISH WART REMOVER
      10 ML Skin Care non-Laser Removal

      Usage:
      (1) Clean the nevus and the area around it, use a toothpick (do not use a cotton stick to tip or wipe) to mix the liquid and sediment, and then tip a little amount of the mole remover and apply it onto the middle of the nevus. The area would turn to white colour after 1 minute. Use alcohol or water to clean the mole area after 10 minutes (If you tip the amount of mole remover properly, you don't have to clean). The mole would peel off (May help with finger) in 8 to 20 days. Repeat the process again until the mole peeling off if the colour of the nevus is dark. (it is suggested applying the liquid to nevus on hands or legs first to see the results and learn to control the usage before applying the liquid to other areas of the body, DON'T TRY on FACE for the first time!)

      http://health-beauty.shop.ebay.com/Skin-Care-/11863/i.html?_catref=1&_fln=1&_ipg=&_ssn=zeitmover&_trksid=p3911.c0.m282

  18. QUESTION:
    is this a mole or blood clot type thing? (picture)?
    i just realized that there is this red dot on the side of my cheek. i have a few flat brown moles on my face as does my mom but i see this red one on my cheek today..its flat and red.
    is this a mole or did i pinch some skin or did blood clot or what?
    im scared i have skin cancer now please help here is a pic.

    http://i53.tinypic.com/5vagpv.jpg
    its a little bit bigger than the size of a pencil dot

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    IS THIS SKIN CANCER, PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME?
    ive had a small flat mole on my face for as long as i can remember. today i just noticed that it looks like it has been raised a little bit, and it doesnt look the same as before. it looks weird. its near my cheeck and mouth, and a little bit abover that, u just noticed a new growth like thing. it looks the same as my mole. i just noticed it today. theyre like a brownish color, and kind of raised. a few daysa go, liek about a week, around my back, stomache, and chest area, ive been getting like these rash type things. the skin is raised and red and itchy. some of the marks are scabby and redish. what is going on? is ti skin cancer? im 17, and a girl. please help me. thank you.
    if it has anything to do with it, i have pigmentation in my eyes. like there are blackish greyish spots in my eyes. one was there for a really long time, and recently a few weeks/months ago newer ones started growing. i suffer from a lot of stress, and it is very continuous.
    its smll, but when i stretch the skin out, it looks liek a ball and it sticks out.
    its more of a beauty mark, not mole. its flat and tiny.

    • ANSWER:
      It needs to be seen by Skin specialist.
      You can describe it as much as much possible but actual diagnosis can only be done by DOC after examination.
      Consult one.

  20. QUESTION:
    AM I GETTING SKIN CANCER?
    ive had a small flat mole on my face for as long as i can remember. today i just noticed that it looks like it has been raised a little bit, and it doesnt look the same as before. it looks weird. its near my cheeck and mouth, and a little bit abover that, u just noticed a new growth like thing. it looks the same as my mole. i just noticed it today. theyre like a brownish color, and kind of raised. a few daysa go, liek about a week, around my back, stomache, and chest area, ive been getting like these rash type things. the skin is raised and red and itchy. some of the marks are scabby and redish. what is going on? is ti skin cancer? im 17, and a girl. please help me. thank you.
    if it has anything to do with it, i have pigmentation in my eyes. like there are blackish greyish spots in my eyes. one was there for a really long time, and recently a few weeks/months ago newer ones started growing. i suffer from a lot of stress, and it is very continuous.
    its smll, but when i stretch the skin out, it looks liek a ball and it sticks out.

    • ANSWER:
      Posting same problem will not do any good .
      You will get more confused.
      Better consult Skin Doc ASP.

  21. QUESTION:
    Lump under Mole, what is it?
    My husband has fair skin and a lot of flat moles. On his arm there is one that now has got this hard lump under it ( it was flat before).

    It looks red, but there are scratch marks, so I think that he scratched in his sleep.

    Is this normal? He says that it feels like a pimple? Has anyone else had this?

    • ANSWER:
      It is not rare for a mole to obstruct the outflow of an oil duct, and thus have a cyst develop under the mole. However, without seeing the lesion, it's impossible to tell you for sure. And, since any change in a mole has to be viewed with suspicion, to make sure it's not a melanoma, it'd be best for him to show the mole to his dermatologist.

  22. QUESTION:
    Beauty marks??? Moles?
    Ok, so my mom has like hundreds of moles, beauty marks, and those bright red little spots that don't itch or anything they're just there. So I don't have as many as her, like hers cover her body, and mine just spot my skin, but I was wondering about a few things. Here are my questions:
    1. My dots are mostly on my arms and upper body, but not very many on my face. They are dark brown and flat. Most are little, there's no concern for skin cancer or sun damage. So are they considered moles or beauty marks? And are any of them considered birthmarks if I was born with them?
    2. Do these marks (the ones I described on my arms) signify beauty in any way or is that just something human nature has made up? Does this signify anything during birth or baby development? What actually makes these marks?
    3. Why do new marks appear. I used to have way less little dots than now. How do they suddenly appear and why?
    4. Are beauty marks dangerous. i know moles are. Are flat ones dangerous or only raised?
    5. Why do some people (my mom) have so many, some (me) have average amount, and some (my friend) have none???
    Answer any of the questions that you know the answer to, try to put the number of the question next to your answer plz! Thanks in advance! (:

    • ANSWER:
      They are just moles. You get them because of genetics. I have them all over my upper body and some on my legs. Moles are nothing to worry about in general. If you have one that is irregularly shaped where the edges aren't defined or one that has a different coloring than the others it would be advised to have it checked out. As for more appearing, I highly doubt that more moles are appearing, it is probably freckles that you notice appearing and this usually happens because of exposure to the sun, contrary to popular belief freckles don't just appear on your face. I have had the same moles all my life and have never noticed any changes in any of them, and I remember playing connect the dots when I was 5 with the moles on my arms and 40 years later the same moles are in the same place and I can make the same pictures connecting the same dots! So don't get overly concerned with the moles, it helps make you unique!

  23. QUESTION:
    Could this be skin cancer?
    I'm a 14 year old male, and a few months ago I noticed a very small red spot on my elbow. All together, the spot is smaller than a pencil eraser but there is a small raised bump in the middle of the spot and it's about the size of the tip of a sharpened pencil.

    I wouldn't normally worry about something so seemingly small and insignificant but it does worry me because it hasn't went away in a few months.

    I'm white and don't get in the sun often, let alone get sun-burnt often, but I naturally have quite a lot of flat moles and such.
    Bug bite does make sense because I noticed it right after I went to my grandma's house and got bit by all kinds of bugs and had many itchy bites all over me. The only difference is this one doesn't itch, hurt etc. and all the other bites went away, but this one hasn't

    • ANSWER:
      it sounds like a bug bite, and doesn't seem like anything to worry about. you should probably go and get it checked out though:)

  24. QUESTION:
    My dog has a small brown spot that I thought was a mole. It use to be flat and now it is raised a bit.?
    It did this once before. I thought it was an embedded flea but it shrunk back down and looked like a mole. Is this a mast cell? It is between his hind legs on the hairless part of his belly. He's a miniature dachshund age 6. The skin around it is fine, not red or swollen. Anybody have any thoughts on this. I will take him to the vet in the morning, but I'd like to not worry so much tonight. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like a mole to me. Could just be getting slightly swollen if he catches it on something or scratches his belly a bit vigorously. Best to take him to the vet to check, like you said, but this doesn't sound like anything that could possibly be life-threatening overnight! Our old dog (12 years old) has moles on his belly and they've never caused any problems.

      P.S. It's not one of his nipples is it. Dead embarrassing to go to the vet just to be told it's a nipple :-)

  25. QUESTION:
    Can i put some germolene on it?
    I just had a raised mole removed, the doc burnt it off, now it is flat but the skin feels like a scab and is the same colour as the mole is this just burnt skin?, its red around the edges, should i put some germolene on? how long before nice new skin will be there?

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    weird shaped & colored moles?
    I am 17, red head, green eyed, fair skin. ever since I can remember I've had moles and my dad would tell me some looked funny. but neither one of us ever really thought anything about it. Today I noticed the biggest, darkest one seems a lot bigger & darker. the colors are light on the outside and dark in the middle and have a little bump. another on my back is perfectly flat and is really light (my natural skin color) in the center and really dark around the outside. and there are a lot more I don't remember having that are kind of bumpy and have multiple colors, a rang of darker and lighter. cancer is really common in my family, should I be concerned?

    • ANSWER:
      Weird looking moles are more likely to be dangerous than ones that look regular, but all I can tell you is that I'm fair haired, and I've had two weird looking moles removed because they looked weird, and neither turned out to be cancerous, or even close.

      Still, doctors do recommend removing moles that look weird, especially if they have changed recently, so you really should ask your doctor about this soon.

  27. QUESTION:
    I have a small red dot on my arm, what is it?
    Hello!
    I'm 14, female, 5'3", overweight/obese, chinese.

    I found a red dot on my arm; It looks like a normal mole/beauty mark, the kind that is like pigment under the skin. (I'm pretty sure its not petechia, the red dot is flat and the colour is in the skin.)

    my dad has one or more red dots on his body too, except my mom pointed out that his dot is just slightly raised above his skin (unlike mine which looks like someone dabbed a red marker on my arm). Also, my mom has a pink (seriously, its not red, its dull pink) birth mark, but its a lot larger than mine (hers is about 1cm x 1cm)

    • ANSWER:
      SPAAARRTTTAAAAAAAAAAAA

  28. QUESTION:
    Suspected skin cancer?
    Hi. Just wondering if anyone here has ever been referred to hospital with suspected skin cancer?

    I saw a doctor on Friday and he faxed an urgent 2 week referral for suspected skin cancer to the hospital. I got a call 2 hours later from the hospital giving me an appointment this Monday. I'm really nervous, I'm not sure what to expect.
    I have 2 suspicious moles. One was flat and now has a raised bit in the middle that bled for 4 days. One below it has always been raised but is now darker in colour and slightly red around the edge, it was also sore last week.
    I'm not a big sun lover and I'm not one for sunbathing and the moles are on my chest and I don't think they would have been exposed to the sun.
    I'm a bit paranoid now and have been checking my other moles, I'm not sure if they're okay..will the hospital check all my moles or just the 2 suspicious moles? What will happen at my appointment?

    • ANSWER:
      first they do not take samples as i have had skin cancer...nothing will happen at your first appointment all they will do is have a look to see if they think it is if so you will go back to have it removed or a biopsi....if your moles are dark brown i doubt it is but best to be checked...i got skin cancer then 2yrs later got melonoma...

  29. QUESTION:
    are my moles harmful?
    hi, i have loads of moles especially on my neck. some are small and they dont worry me but i have other ones which arent flat and they sometimes go red and look like they have smudged they sometimes bleed aswell. i have a large flat 1 which when i scratched it the top bit of skin came off. i think i have skin cancer but other people think i am just a over-reacting and i get them because i sunbathe 2 much and they go like that because i am naturally pale but i know this isnt the case because i never go in the sun because of the moles that is why i always have umbrella with me. do u think it is skin cancer or is it just genetic (im 1/4 maltese) if it is skin cancer am i gonna die?

    • ANSWER:
      you should see a dermatologist to detect whether there is a neoplastic activity (cancer) in these moles or not through a biopsy as the changes you described (bleeding and colour changes) match with the neoplastic transformation of moles don't neglect the condition it is serious

  30. QUESTION:
    My mole has been behaving strangely. Should I be worried?
    Two weeks ago, I plucked a hair from a mole on my wrist, which I do regularly, but this time, it reacted oddly. Two days after plucking, it began to get really red in an unevenly-shaped streak, and then it started swelling and got really hard and shiny. It hurt when touched.

    After a while, the swelling died down, and another small, dark mole appeared next to it. Both crusted over for three or four days.

    I thought it was getting better, but now the red patch has gotten bad again (skin not even surrounding the mole is now getting red, too), and the mole seems to be getting flatter. Skin is crusted around the edges. It doesn't hurt at all, though.

    Have I damaged the mole by plucking, or could it be something else? Since this has persisted for half a month, should I get it checked?

    • ANSWER:
      Most likely this is not a mole. Go get it checked.

  31. QUESTION:
    Help me become a cross between a Classic Beauty, a Goth and an English Rose?
    So here's the thing. I'm in love with all three of the above styles. I think that each one is beautiful. However, I'm not entirely sure if it's possible, I could do with a little bit of help and some advice on how to make it work.

    I love the timeless look about Classical Beauty, the fresh faced, well looked after, elegance that comes with it.

    With Gothic Beauties, I love the mysterious, dark, sensual, almost troubled look. More romantic goths than anything, not the cyber ones.

    And English Roses. All you need to do is just look at them.. The way the hold themselves together, there clear pale skin, the tiny hint of pink in there cheeks, classic bone structure, the way they walk, the way they talk.

    Things I'm needing advice on:

    How to have my hair - Cut - Colour - Styles?

    What ways to wear my make up? Inc nails ect.

    What clothing would be appropriate? Dresses - Jeans - Tops - Shoes - Boots - Ect.

    The types of jewellery I should wear? Crosses (plain silver on on a piece of black ribbon perphaps?) - Earrings - Rings - Bracelets

    Also, how can I incorperate my style into my small (about 11 ft by 9 ft) bedroom? What kind of bedding, what kind of curtains, what decorations ect..

    I'm caucasian and have really pale skin, slight pink hint to my cheeks (I live in England and I hate fake tan).

    I have LOTS of pale tan freckles on my face, mainly around my nose and cheeks but they spread out onto my forehead and chin (they're more flakes than dots, if that makes sence and you can only really notice them from about 1 or 2 foot away).

    I have dark brown eyes, (that sometimes look like the have a hint of red in them, othertimes they look like they have a hint of gold/green in them, but mainly they're just brown).

    My hair is currently a dark reddy brown, but my natural hair colour is a medium/dark cooler coloured brown. It's waist length but it really needs cutting, about 4 inch off to get rid of my bad ends. I have layers from my sholders down and no fringe, my parting changes alot (I have a habbit of running my fingers through it and it just parts wherever it wants), oh and when it's all one length it's straight, but when I have layers it goes slightly wavy at the ends.

    I'm about 5ft7
    I have small hands and feet (U.K size 5) - Don't know if this is relevent, but maybe shoes that will look better on smaller feet? Or something like that..

    And I have a lot of small flat brown moles on my skin, well about 20 on each arm, 2 on my back, 2 on my stomach and a few on my legs - They are the small flat non-hairy ones that look like large freckles. They don't look all that bad, I've seen much worse.

    Sorry btw I know I'm not making alot of sence/rambling.

    Thanks for bothering to read (:
    Oh, yeah, thanks for the answers already, but I forgot to mention I'm wanting to go for a more old fashioned feel as apposed to a modern one.

    • ANSWER:
      Style:
      Hair : a bob, fringe, dark low lights going through it.
      Face : red lipstick (depends on if you can wear makeup well) Pink rosy blush on the cheek bones, and if you want to look classic, then nude tone eyeshadows.

      Clothes
      Maybe some black skinny jeans, with a nice colourful top to incoperate that english look, and some white added to that to make it look classic and soft.

      Interior
      Maybe for your gothic style you could add a black rug, some posters of anyone famous who is egdy and who you aspire to be like.
      For classic beauty maybe some paintings of audrey hepburn or marlyn monroe?
      bedding maybe, a face? something to make your room look more on edge, and id incorperate some english rose in there with, maybe an english flag painting stick a rose on it, get artist make it represent you and your style.

      You should try and go into a interior shops around your area, and look at things you'd like to put in your bedroom that you feel would blend in with everything your looking for.
      Also maybe go to a makeup counter, ask one of the artists what they think would suit your skin tone and eyes.
      Hope ive helped. :)

  32. QUESTION:
    Do I have skin cancer?
    Close to a year ago, I noticed a small flat but SLIGHTLY raised tan/brown spot on my hip. It grew, not really in size but became raised and red. It doesn't hurt, itch, or bother me at all. I now notice that close to that area, I have a similar flatter spot near that same area. Should I be worried? Is this normal? Do moles develop in adults? Is it common for a few to develop in the same area?? I am a 27 woman, feel fine otherwise and skin cancer does not run in my family. I have an appointment next week but would appreciate any USEFUL insight anyone could provide.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Moles do develop in adults - frequently. However, whatever is on your back does need evaluation by a dermatologist (not just your family physician) because it has changed color and because there are two similar spots. I would not be worried but I would see a dermatologist. While you are there have the Dr examine your entire body for potential skin cancers. Melanoma can be anywhere on the skin surface including in the mouth or between your toes.

      http://www.skincancer.org/melanoma/index.php

  33. QUESTION:
    A weird cut on my skin?
    While i was in the shower today i notice a cut near my chest, It was like a small cut but like.. not deep or anything just looks red which i guess is my flesh. But its small, I never got cut on my chest that i know off. And second i found a brown/blackish dot near my left chest and it could be a mole but its flat I'm not sure if moles can be flat.

    Thanks in advance.
    I don't think its possible to be skin cancer, Its just flat and its not spread out like Melanoma. Plus its flat. I spotted two On my chest and two on my tummy,

    • ANSWER:
      Moles can be flat, raised, lumpy, bumpy, the lot. You could of scratched your chest when you was sleeping, or when you was putting your top on, etc. There's ways to scratch yourself and not notice. As long as there's no change in your mole, there's nothing to worry about.

  34. QUESTION:
    Any docs/nurses out there? What is this sore reddish spot on my face?
    It is about 2/3 the size a dime on my cheek near my nose. It has been there for several weeks. It looks like a light scrape and is slightly sore to the touch. It is pinkish red and is completely flat, not raised like a pimple or mole. Any ideas what this could be? I'm scared it's some type of skin cancer. And I'm a young female in my early 20s if that helps.

    • ANSWER:
      If you're scared, then you need to see a doctor. This can't be diagnosed, let alone treated, over the internet.

  35. QUESTION:
    possible skin cancer?
    im a 19 year old female and concerned about skin cancer, but im scared to go to the docs!
    ive always had a lot of little moles with the exception of 3 that are larger.. some are discolored but only with barker shades of brown. but over the last few years i have been getting more, and some are growing. the biggest is raised and about the width of a pencil eraser. second largest is flat, not quite circle, and when i burn or tan the skin around it stays white. i have 6 that have grown on my tummy, not huge, but i think they may still be growing. ive got a 'scar' type thing on the side of my calf, it is raised and a little dry but is not painful and i have had it for about 4 years, it just appeared very small to begin with and now is about the same width as a pencil eraser. i have eczema (on my arms, legs, feet and chest) but it comes and goes and usually is different types. i have these tiny red spots that appear and stay. they look like blood spots almost, but just under the skin.. ive got about four on my chest and more all other my body. altogether i do have bad skin, but others wouldn't notice unless i pointed all this out lol.. im extremely fair skinned, white as a ghost and burn within 10 mins of being in the sun. i get rashes from ANYTHING.. my skin is extremely dry so i do have to moisturize all the time.
    sorry there is so much to read!! thought it would be best to get it all out.. so if anyone has any suggestions or opinions about anything i said, please share :)

    • ANSWER:
      Given you have moles, and their number is increasing, you need to see a Dr and have a skin map done.

      This is where the Dr checks you all over taking note of the location, size and colour of all moles.

      This skin map is then used for comparison to ensure any changes are caught quickly so they can be treated before they become untreatable.

      Skin cancer, left untreated, can result in loss of a limb or even death.

  36. QUESTION:
    Mole in mouth please help!?
    I'm going to the dentist tommorow,so I was checking out my teeth.While looking in the mirror I noticed a red looking mole inside my mouth.It is perfectly round and flat on the skin located on the side of my jaw.I take good care of my teeth never had any infections or cavities.I'm really freaked out has anyone else had this?Or know what it could be?

    • ANSWER:
      Okay, first! Calm Down!!! I'm sure everything is ok. Just go to your dentist, have him/her check it out, and everything will be just fine.. Don't worry about it!

  37. QUESTION:
    Could any of my moles be cancerous?
    FYI: i will schedule an appointment with a dermatologist, but wanted to hear public opinion first.

    First off, i have a LOT of moles, and i'm pale skinned so they stand out. 25 years old. The ones on my face are spreading. A friend said that's due to shaving. But i must shave for work!

    I'll point out the weird looking moles:

    - i have one that is circular brown, but white in the middle with a hair coming out.

    - i have a few huge dark round moles, ranging from mahogany brown to Dark chocolate brown (almost black).

    - i have a purple-ish bruse? That is under my left pec/breast. And it seems to not go away (1 month +).

    - same spot near the heart, are 2 new moles, both very different. One is protruding and looks more like a wart (brown). The other is flat but lighter in color and not symetrical.

    - i noticed 2 bright red dots appear near the center of my chest, 2 weeks ago, still there.

    Should i be worried? Or am i overreacting?

    • ANSWER:
      GET THEM CHECKED....MELANOMA IS REALLY SCARY. I LOST MY BEST FRIEND TO IT.

  38. QUESTION:
    Is this mole melanoma?
    To start off if you do not have any real facts or aren't a professional please do not answer this thanks.

    I have a mole that is flat and about the size of a large frekel on the side o my nose. I've looked up the ABCDE thing for a malignant mole. It isn't commpletly symmetrical it is circle shaped but has a tiny notched edge and is a little blurry but that may be because it is flat on the skin and not rising above it. Aldo it has grown a little but still not even near ad big as a pencils eraser which is said to be the sive of malignant moles so do you think it is malignant?
    8 hours ago - 4 days left to answer.
    Additional Details
    Thank you below are two links the first the picture of the mole the second is sort of another question but maybe not. I have had this red blotchy stuff show up about 4 days ago and i haven't been in the sun and no matter what i use (aloe, lotion, aquaphor) it wont go away please help.

    http://s1117.photobucket.com/albums/k589/Kyle_Jacobsmeyer/?action=view&current=photobucket.jpg#!oZZ2QQcurrentZZhttp%3A%2F%2Fs1117.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fk589%2FKyle_Jacobsmeyer%2F%3Faction%3Dview%26current%3D1291566967.jpg

    http://s1117.photobucket.com/albums/k589/Kyle_Jacobsmeyer/?action=view&current=photobucket.jpg#!oZZ1QQcurrentZZhttp%3A%2F%2Fs1117.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fk589%2FKyle_Jacobsmeyer%2F%3Faction%3Dview%26current%3D1291567015.jpg
    34 minutes ago

    Also I forgot to say the mole appeared like 2-3 years ago and has slightly grown

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    Could this be Cancer? :( ?
    I went to a walk in, to have one of my moles looked at, and she said to get one checked out at my own Doctor...

    I'm 18, Red headed naturally, Fair skin, lots of moles/freckles, ive had a few really bad sunburns as a kid, i burn easily, and I used to tan(but not obsessively...) Apperantly my Grandfather had skin cancer, but I'm not too sure if this is true!

    With what you all think (and I know this isn't a diagnosis) Does this look like something scary and in need of medical attention to you?

    P.S. the flash on my camera makes em appear a little lighter.

    This is my back , and here are two flat around, but bumpy in the middle moles, these were the hardest to photograph, and appear light with the flash. They are not completely flat, and no hairs comming out.

    http://tinypic.com/r/33x8u89/4

    http://tinypic.com/r/2vvwdoh/4 - This one is on my side, on my back.

    http://tinypic.com/r/2vai5jn/4 - Last byt not least, there is one mole, that has a darker colored Brown dot in the middle, again hairless.

    http://tinypic.com/r/dm76yw/4 -What i am pointing to seems like a REALLY weird Birthmark, it's faded, and its hard to see with this flash, but its spotted, if you can see it? Doctors always point it out, but I've had a really deep dark red one since birth, and they never say anything about it...

    Thanks so much, Do these require immediate medical attention? If not cancerous, what else could they be?

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    what is this lump in my skin?
    so i have a scar on my neck where i had a mole removed almost 5 years ago. i put concealer on the scar every day. the scar is flat, not lifted. so a few days ago i noticed a bump developing on it, and it feels like a zit under my finger, but i dont think it is. it is really red, what do you think it is and what should i do to get rid of it? thanks.

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    At home beauty mark removal?
    So these beauty marks on my face were making me feel gross. (flat moles) So i took a nail, and i scraped them off my face, i dug in there pretty well, it was red a blotchy for a week or two, but now it looks pretty healed. When I look closely in a mirror, there's no browness, the old spot looks just like the rest of my skin, however when i take a few steps back, and look in the mirror, the area is still brownish. What is creating this illusion that i cannot see anything up close but from a far it reappears.
    I may have to consider getting the nail and scrapping much deeper?

    • ANSWER:
      Scrapping your face is probably not a very healthy idea. If you want to fade brown marks or sun spots on your face, you can buy fade creams from pharmacies or drugstores. If it is still bothering you, consult your doctor or a dermatologist. You've got your face for the rest of your life - it's not worth damaging yourself with home remedies.

  42. QUESTION:
    can i have skin cancer?
    im kinda scared, ive been reading alot of answers here and its freaking me out
    i dont really go out in the sun alot but lately i have been since i have to do p.e
    i dont have any moles of any sort but i have noticed some really small birthmarks (i dont know what they're called when they come out after birth) coming out on my arms but they are bout the size of a pencil tip, some even less and they are flat
    about more than a month ago i noticed another mark but it is really dark brown on my left foot on one of my toes, the one before the pinky toe to the left side of it, but its flat too

    also this morning i was looking at my left arm really closely and i saw two small little red dots about 2 inches apart
    one of them if a little line and the other one is a little dot
    but they are really really small

    is this bad?
    please dont give me answers to go to the doctor and have it checked out
    also my feet where i have that mark on one of my toes
    they barely ever get sun

    • ANSWER:
      hard to say without a picture..

      The general rule of thumb is ABCD where it means you look for

      A = Asymmetry: one half of the abnormal skin area is different than the other half

      B = Borders: irregular borders

      C = Color: varies from one area to another with shades of tan, brown, or black (sometimes white, red, blue)

      D = Diameter: usually (but not always) larger than 6 mm in size (diameter of a pencil eraser)

      Personally, I'd consider it to be something other than cancer. If it is truly a concern, you should mention it to your doctor. Right now you're freaking yourself out over nothing.

  43. QUESTION:
    melanoma risk question?
    my dad usually burns when in the sun. He is olive skin color, and he always has his shirt on and a hat on when we go on a beach vacation, he never takes them off and goes in the water with his shirt on. He works in an office from 8 to 5 and is not in the sun for more than 10 minutes a day. but once when he was a kid, he fell asleep outside at a vegas hotel and he got burned really bad and he was taken to a hospital and they had to put him into a tub of ice. he also mowed the lawn like 5 times before we hired a service, when he mowed the lawn his face would get red. the derm noticed a small (3mm) flat mole on his ear. he has a bunch of these little spots on both ears. they are brownish tan. The derm said that its probly nothing but wants to take it out. he noticed this like 4 months ago and said to come back in october. my dad is seein him this week. do you think if the derm was really concerned about melanoma, he would have removed it immediately? do you think it could be melanoma and that my dad is at an increased risk?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes if the doctor thought it could possibly be melanoma he would have removed it immediately. You’re not giving any information to determine if your dad is at an increased risk, so there is no way to answer you. There are other far more common and less dangerous skin cancers.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is this mole cancerous?
    I have a mole on my back that has been there forever. I'd like to point out right now that its on my shoulder blade and sits under my bra strap constantly. So basically, I'm trying to figure out if these symptoms are just because the mole is irritated from the material, or if it may be cancerous.

    The mole is raised now, think, like a pimple that needs to be popped. Instead of more flat like it used to be. It can also be quite painful, but the pain comes and goes. Some days it hurts, and other days not at all. It also feels like a different texture. Like, a scab. And yesterday there was a red ring around the mole on the skin.

    Does this sound cancerous? Or could this just be irritation?

    If it was cancerous, if this something that I should be worried about? Or would they just cut it off, end of story?

    • ANSWER:
      definitely have it checked.. at any point if you have a mole that happens to change shape,texture, or any difference, you should consult a doctor because moles can become cancerous... so always be on the safe side... wish you the best

  45. QUESTION:
    Help with looks?
    I guess with my age people (including me) are starting to really care a lot about looks. I'm not really the 'pretty' type of girl, and I want to be as pretty as I can without going to drastic measures. These are some things that I don't like about myself and that aren't attractive.

    1. Lots of Moles (On face, neck, back, arms, legs)
    2. Big nose (not wide, it sticks out a lot)
    3. Don't have a flat stomach (I'm not fat though)
    4. Pale (I want a nice glow all year long)
    5. Small eyes (I look sleepy, but i'm not tired)
    6. Chubby cheeks (they look horrible, and I have one dimple that makes it look worse. They make my smile hideous.)
    7. Red, oily skin (Mostly my nose, chin, and t-zone)
    8. Thin hair (It's straight, I want it thicker)

    How can i fix these problems with out drastic measures? I'm only a teen so I don't have tons of money.

    Thanks so so so much! I will pick a best answer.

    :)

    • ANSWER:
      THE LIST by Ana
      1. can't do anything about those but hey u probably think they're moles but they're beauty marks:P
      2. hey i got one too, just gotta live with it until we get older and have money to get surgery lol ..joking
      3. come on..work out, we girls who got a bit of extra skin gotta work hard at the gym..get hip hop abs or run something like that but u gotta be consistent in order to have it and keep it that way
      4. i say use a self tanning lotion, or stay inside for the winter then come out for the summer and get a real tan(joke lol) anyways..do not go to a tanning salon those are just a big joke and u'll look orange
      5. these are the one of many things that cannot be changed
      6. that's cute, my friend has chubby cheeks too and her boyfriend loves them, u know alot of people like chunny cheek..o and dimples omgg very cute, who doesn't love them
      7. get those thin papers that get the oil off, u could get that at sephora and their not the expensive
      8. this is the only thing i don't really know how to answer but hmmm i guess teez it to make it look bigger but hey look at it in a positive way..ur hair is wayy easier to manage and like me i have thick and longs hair and it takes me like 45- 60 minutes to just straighten my hair..soo ur lucky if u look at it that way.

      but listen not everyones perfect.. NOBODY so don't stress over how u look all the time. i know it's sometimes u just can't help it..i know trust me, but u just gotta remember....at least i don't like a real fat girl who can't walk and got a huge mole on her cheek and on her which like noseand her teeth are all messed and her face is soo oily it shines and her face is the colour of a tomato and her skin colour is the colour of paper and her eyes are sooo small it looks like she;s asleep all the time,,soo just remember that and i know u'll feel better :)

  46. QUESTION:
    does it seem like cancer?
    i have a freckle (or flat mole). Its only about 2mm in diameter, on my arm. I have a lot of these, but i noticed this one about a year ago turned bright red. Now it has different colours.
    In the sun it turns red again, and sometimes in peels. also, theres like a ring of pink skin around it now.

    Could it be cancer? if not, what could it be?
    it doesnt look anything like the pictures i have seen of skin cancer though. this mole is small, round and the colour difference is subtle (two shades of light brown). its the fact that it turns bright red in the sun that concerns me (i always wear sunscreen!)

    • ANSWER:
      It could be Melanoma. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer. Some signs of Melanoma are discolatation of the skin and moles/freckles that change size or texture. Melanoma can be deadly because if it is not treated early enough, it spreads beyond the skin to internal organs. I suggest you see a doctor as soon as you can.

  47. QUESTION:
    what is this white patch on my back?
    I am rather worried about a white patch on my back. It sometimes fills as if my back has water or something sitting and pushing my skin from under it. Its a small patch about size off a 5p. Every now and then after the pushing felling it comes up as a small bump gets a bit bigger but you cant pop it. It is only the area where the patch is that this happens. Now it looks a bit like a flat mole or frekle but very light brown with white on outside. I brunt my back in sun yesterday when takeing a walk i am fair and blonde and put cream on but dont norm burn so fast. Later i looked as so sore and it was very red apart from the patch that looked white and really sting bad. What could this be? Anyone els have something the same? Thanks Claire

    • ANSWER:
      you need to go to the doctor!

  48. QUESTION:
    Healing for Laser Surgery?
    I just got small and flat freckles and moles lasered off from my face.
    The doctor said the scab would fall off and all of them have fell off.
    When can I start putting on makeup?
    I got the surgery around 2-3 weeks ago and there are just a couple red spots on my face that are still healing. These are from the scabs but they are supposed to go away.
    When can I start wearing skin makeup, like concealer and foundation?

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    Do I have melanoma? I have a raised zit like area and I have a mole.?
    I just got back from working a summer out at camp, I'm 19. I put my hand on the back of my neck and noticed the king of all zits, it was painful to touch, I promptly went into the bathroom to pop it. It wouldn't pop, and was scarily hard. I freaked out a little, and over the next few days kept trying to convince myself it was a zit, I'm scared that I managed to push whatever it was deeper inside of me because now it is fairly flat, but the skin around it is crusty and red, and there is a very small light brown mole in the very middle. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you probably had a boil or carbuncle develop. You can wait a few days to see if it begins to disappear. Melanomas don't suddenly pop up - they take months to years to develop.

  50. QUESTION:
    Question for Dermatologists!?
    I just got small and flat freckles and moles lasered off from my face.
    The doctor said the scab would fall off and all of them have fell off.
    When can I start putting on makeup?
    I got the surgery around 2-3 weeks ago and there are just a couple red spots on my face that are still healing. These are from the scabs but they are supposed to go away.
    When can I start wearing skin makeup, like concealer and foundation?

    • ANSWER:



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