There are many different types of skin moles and it’s useful to understand a little bit about the different types in case you ever want to consider having yours removed.
What’s more, some moles are more prone to developing into serious medical conditions than others, so it’s also useful to know the kind of moles you have so you can be better prepared.
For the most part, the key distinction between moles is simply whether they’re normal or abnormal. Let’s start with normal (common) moles. These tend to be circular or oval shaped growths, and range from pinkish to dark brown in color. Some of them have a flat surface, while others are raised from the skin. They usually have defined borders that clearly outline the growth from the surrounding skin. They can occur just about anywhere on the body, but most people have them on their arms, face or mid-section.
On the other hand, there are dysplastic mole on body meaning, which are considered irregular. Meaning, these moles have a few irregular characteristics that differentiate them from common moles. For one, they’re larger than five millimeters. A great reference point for this is a pencil eraser. Most moles are the same size as a pencil eraser or smaller, but these moles are bigger. They also have noticeable inconsistencies in their shape, color and surface texture. And, unlike common moles, dysplastic moles usually lack distinct borders.
Earlier I mentioned that some moles pose a greater health risk than other types. Dysplastic moles fall into that category in that they’re much more likely to develop into melanoma (skin cancer) than common moles. It goes without saying, that these moles should be monitored regularly.
There are a few other distinctions or mole types, including the congenital, blue and halo moles. Congenital simply means that you were born with the mole, as opposed to it developing later in your life. Congenital moles also have an increased chance of becoming malignant, so they should also be monitored more vigilantly.
Not surprisingly, the blue mole earned its name because of its blue-colored appearance. These are typically benign (non-cancerous) moles that get their unusual color from pigment producing cells found deep within the skin. They can form anywhere on the body, but show up quite a bit on the hands, feet or head. Another noteworthy characteristic about these moles is that they’re found in women more so than men.
Halo moles are particularly unique in that they’re recognized as foreign by the body at some point and are subsequently attacked by the person’s own immune system. The result is a loss of pigment around the mole itself, giving it a halo-like appearance.