Moles are made up of melanocytes, the skin cells which give your skin its color. Instead of being dispersed through the skin, in a mole the melanocytes gather together, sometimes in a flat patch and sometimes in a raised lump. There doesn’t appear to be any particular cause, unlike the somewhat similar warts, which are caused by a virus.
Their body location can classify skin mole. Moles can develop pretty much anywhere on the skin. Usually, you will find skin moles on the face, the neck, the shoulders, the arms, the legs, and even on the back. If you are wondering how to manage your moles, you would have to take into consideration the skin moles’ locations. If you compare the moles that can be hidden to the moles that are in plain view, you will be more inclined to get rid of the latter.
Moles start growing between the two outermost layers of the skin, the epidermis, and dermis. The ones in the shallow layers are the ordinary brown or pink moles, while those which form a little deeper often have a blue tint. If the colored or pigmented cells are a little denser, then moles can take on a dark brown, sometimes nearly black color
Moles may grow at any time from birth onwards, but most of us start our mole collections as children. Times when our hormonal balance is changing, such as puberty, pregnancy or menopause, are also times when moles commonly develop. These moles are more likely to vanish once things get back to normal.
Changes in moles are not always due to the growth of cancer, with other causes being age and exposure to sunshine. They can turn darker or lighter and may start growing a long hair or two. Those long hairs are a bit of a worry.
The main known cause of moles becoming cancerous is the ultraviolet radiation in sunlight, while more recently exposure to UV in tanning salons has turned a significant cause. Try to check your moles at least once a year, and don’t forget that they can even form at places like your scalp and back.