- A mole ( nevus ) is a pigmented ( colored ) spot on the outer layer of the skin.
- They are considered to be a beauty spot by many, especially on the face area.
- They develop usually in the first 20 years of life and over the years due to sun exposure they can increase in numbers and darken in colour.
- As the moles age they can become raised or they may not change at all. In the recent years a lot has been spoken about cancer (Melanoma) and moles. What one must understand is that not all moles are cancerous.
- A wart is a hardened, bumpy, or rough piece of skin that grows faster than normal. Warts are caused by infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV). Most warts are harmless, but the virus that causes warts is contagious and can be spread by direct contact with others.
- Warts may develop anywhere on the body, including the bottom of the feet, palm of the hands, fingers, and genitals.
- Warts are typically brown or flesh-coloured, although genital warts may also appear pink or red.
A skin tag is a small flap of tissue that hangs off the skin by a connecting stalk.Skin tags are not dangerous. They are usually found on the neck, chest, back, armpits, under thebreasts, or in the groin area.
A keloid, sometimes referred to as a keloid scar, is a tough heaped-up scar that rises quite abruptly above the rest of the skin. It usually has a smooth top and a pink or purple color.Keloids are irregularly shaped and tend to enlarge progressively. Unlike scars, keloids do not regress over time.