Moles, Warts, Skin Tags & How To Lose Them

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How To Get Rid of Moles

All the information you need about moles, warts and skin tags. Learn about the options that are available to you for removal of moles and other skin growths including the pros and cons of surgery and more natural approaches.

Introduction to moles, warts and skin tags

What are they and are they dangerous?

What Are Moles Warts & Skin Tags?
Moles are small dark spots on the human skin which are caused by cells which produce pigment (color). In the vast majority of cases moles are benign (non-cancerous) although sometimes they can be melanomas which must be removed immediately.
Warts are usually small, rough tumors which appear on the hands and feet. They are caused by a viral infection known as HPV (Human Papillomavirus) which may be contracted through contact with an infected person or through use of wet towels. Warts are not typically dangerous and usually disappear within a few months.
Skin tags are small, harmless, benign tumors which can appear on the surfaces of the skin (usually in creases such as eyelids, armpits, neck and groin areas). They range in size from about the size of a grain of rice to as large as a golf ball (rarely larger).

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Types of moles

Cancerous or not?

Congenital Nevi
(AKA baby moles) – are moles that appear at birth. Congenital moles are relatively rare and appear in only about 1 out of 100 people (1%). They are also more likely to develop into melenoma (cancerous moles).

Junctional moles
These moles are benign skin lesions which are initially flat and later slightly raised from the skin surface. They are black or brown in color but can develop “halo phenomenon” – a lightening up in color, which would require urgent referral to a dermatologist as it could likely be a melenoma (cancer).

Compound moles
These are moles which range in color from a light ‘tan’ color to dark brown. They are slightly raised and involve pigment-producing cells which are present in both the upper and lower layers of the skin (dermis and epidermis).

Sebaceous moles
These are roughly textured, yellow moles which are created by over-active oil glands.

Dermal Moles
Can contain hairs. Range in color from skin color to dark brown. Usually appear on the upper body.

Blue moles
Blue moles, like dermal moles, compound moles or junctional moles, can be slightly raised. The pigment in the skin is responsible for their color. Blue moles are most commonly found on the head, neck, and arms of women.

All about warts

What Are Warts?
Warts are actually benign tumors of the epidermis.

What Causes Warts?Warts are caused by viruses in the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) of which there are at least 60. Usually general cleanliness and hygienic practices can help to prevent warts but sometimes they can be very persistent, especially since people seem to have different levels of resistance to them.

How To Identify Warts
Warts are usually the same color as the skin they grow on. They are usually rough to touch but can also be smooth.

Are Warts Transferable?
Warts are contagious and can appear almost anywhere on the surface of the skin but also inside the mouth, on the genitals (genital warts) or on the rectal area (rectal warts).

How Are Warts Treated?
Treatment for warts may sometimes be unnecessary and the warts will disappear on their own. In other cases, warts may be removed using the following methods:

* Special medications (for small warts)
* Surgical removal (for large warts)
* Laser surgery
* Cauterization
* Herbal/natural methods

All about skin tags

Skin tags are small, benign growths of hanging skin which occur in and around the folds of some peoples skin. Common places where skin tags can grow include around the eyelids, underarms, underneath the breasts and on the neck. Usually skin tags are either smooth or slightly wrinkled and vary in size from very small (the size of a pin) to about the size of a grape.

Why Do Skin Tags Occur?
It is thought that skin tags typically occur in areas where the skin comes in contact with clothing and rubs against it or surrounding skin often.

Who Gets Skin Tags?
It is estimated that half the population gets skin tags at some point in their life with the appearance of these skin growths being much more common in middle age. Skin tags may also appear during pregnancy as a result of increased production of hormones.

What Problems Are Associated With Skin Tags?
Generally skin tags do not cause any notable problems. They are usually completely benign and cause no immediate threat. Problems with skin tags arise generally when they are repeatedly irritated by everyday tasks or they are noticed to cause cosmetic problems (visually unappealing).

How To Get Rid of Skin Tags
Skin tags may be removed by cutting, freezing or burning (by a physician). There may also be more gentle methods available, especially when using natural remedies.

Famous celebrity moles

Many famous celebrities have moles and they have even been dubbed to be “beauty spots”, particularly during the late 1970′s.
Actors and famous people listed below are known to have some form of moles:
Matt Damon – Moles on his back.
Gwyneth Paltrow – Mole above the left eye.
Russel Crowe – Mole between his eyes.
Julia Roberts – Small mole underneath her eye and skin tag on her chest.
Enrique Iglesias – Mole underneath his right eye.
Arnold Schwarznegger – Mole on his right jaw.

A great website to find out heaps about celebrity moles and view pictures of them is Skinema.com

Find out about herbal options

How bloodroot salve can help eliminate moles

Check this article out to find out how you can use a 100% natural herbal cream to eliminate moles forever.

More useful resources

If you happen to be in Brisbane, Australia, you can check out: MoleSmart.
Visit the National Cancer Institute for more information and pictures of moles.