Moles are a common type of skin growth. They often appear as small, dark brown spots and are caused by clusters of pigmented cells. Moles generally appear during childhood and adolescence Commonly people think of a mole as a dark brown spot, but moles have a wide range of appearance.
Some people consider it as fashionable and if they do not have one, they even got it painted on. These were called “beauty marks.” However, not all moles are beautiful. They may be raised from the skin and very noticeable, with hairs, or may be a sign of some disease. Moles can appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups and of various sizes and shapes.
Moles may darken, with exposure to the sun. During the teen years, with birth control pills and pregnancy, they often get darker and larger and new ones may appear.
Many people have flat moles. It’s important to remember that not all moles look alike. They may be skin colored or pink, light tan to brown, and even blue-black. They may be round or oval, or their shape may be slightly irregular. They may be flat or raised, large or small, with or without hairs, mottled or evenly colored. If the appearance of a mole worries you or if it changes suddenly in any way, you should consult a dermatologist.