It is very common for people to get both moles and skin tags confused. This is because both of these things often occur on the skin, and people are often pretty confused about how to tell the difference between the two. But there is a difference between these two skin issues. Here, we will look at both skin tags, as well as moles. Hopefully, this article can help you to better determine just what you may be experiencing when it comes to skin issues, or perceived issues.
The Difference Between Skin Tag and Mole
1. Skin Tags
Skin tags pose little to no risk to those experiencing them, and, interestingly, are actually classified as moles. Usually, they are painless. It has been hypothesized that these raised, small, benign tumors are actually the result of friction to the skin from other skin. They are most often found in areas where skin often rubs together. Normally, skin tags only grow to around the size of a typical rice grain. You may find that they become irritated by other skin conditions, shaving, or friction from things like clothing or even jewelry. The only real reason for removal of skin tags is because they may be irritated often by one of the things listed above, or present a blemish the patient wants removed.
Although skin tags are moles, not all moles are skin tags. There are several other kinds. Some other kinds of moles may be of concern because some of them may actually become cancerous. For the most part, however, moles are also largely harmless. They can appear nearly anywhere on the body, and everyone has them. Sunlight exposure, hormones, and genetics may all heavily influence what kind of moles you experience, where they are, as well as how many of them you have on your body.
3. The Dermatologists Role
Contact a dermatologist immediately if you notice that moles seem to be growing, constantly irritated, changing in shape, or are noticeably different in some way. Dermatologists can perform certain tests to make sure that your moles are actually benign, in these cases. You may also want to contact them if you are thinking of mole or skin tag removal, as they can perform either of these procedures. Most often, removal is performed for cosmetic reasons. Removal may be done with heat, cold, or even electricity. Surgery is only ever used in very extreme cases.