Difference Between Skin Tags and Moles


difference between skin tags and moles

Many people have growths on their skin and don’t even know what they are. If the growth doesn’t cause any pain or discomfort, most are okay with just ignoring them. While this is completely understandable, an unknown skin growth should not be ignored.

If you have a skin growth, you should know the difference between skin tags and moles. Even though both are harmless most of the time, it’s not always the case. This blog post will inform you what the differences are. I’ll include pictures which will show you the visible differences. In addition, after reading this post you’ll know the most important facts about the dangers and treatments if needed.

Difference Between Skin Tags and Moles

Definitions

What are skin tags? Skin tags are small, soft growths that stick out from the surface of the skin and typically attach by a stalk. They can appear anywhere on your body but are mostly found around skin folds, neck, armpits, eyelids, back and thigh areas.

What are moles? Moles are concentrations of cells in your skin. They form on the surface of the skin and may be slightly raised from the surface and do not hang like skin tags. They can appear anywhere on your body, alone or in groups.

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Appearance

What does a skin tag look like? Typically skin tags are round balls of skin, sometimes they appear as flaps of skin. They hang from the surface of the skin by a peduncle, also called a stalk. Skin tags are usually skin colored but can be darker or change color over time. They are soft to the touch and most of the time don’t hurt when you touch or squeeze them.

What does a mole look like? Moles are usually at the surface of the skin and may be a slightly raised bump. Their color mostly ranges from pinkish to brown and are sometimes black. Moles are mostly round or oval shape and can feel smooth or rough. Sometimes they can have hair while skin tags don’t.

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Cancer and Dangers

Are skin tags cancerous? Skin tags are not cancerous. In addition, they will not become cancer over time. Skin tags are not dangerous and don’t cause any pain. Sometimes they will hurt and get irritated if they are in a location where they are constantly getting rubbed.

Are moles cancerous? Most moles are not cancerous and don’t cause any pain. Some moles can change and become cancerous. If a current mole changes in color, size or shape, you should have it checked out by a doctor. In addition, if a new mole appears when you’re older, a doctor should take a look at it because it can be dangerous.

Causes

What causes skin tags? The following can be causes of skin tags:

  • Excess hormones or imbalance
  • Insulin resistance
  • Extra weight gain
  • Skin friction

What causes moles? The following can be causes of moles:

  • Fair skin
  • Sun exposure
  • Increase in age
  • Family history/Genetics
  • Genetic mutations
  • Certain medications

Difference skin tags and mole

When To See A Doctor

When should I see a doctor because of skin tags? Skin tags are not dangerous and don’t require any treatment by a doctor. However, if a skin tag is getting irritated or bleeding because of excess friction, you should visit a dermatologist.

When should I see a doctor because of moles? Any time a new mole forms or changes its color, shape or size a visit to the doctor is necessary. If you don’t have medical coverage or want a more affordable health plan, check out this great health plan service. Many people I know have used it and were very happy.

Disclaimer: Routine visits to a dermatologist are recommended, especially if you are at risk for melanoma. Anytime you have a skin growth or are unsure what it is, a visit to the doctor is recommended. 

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Treatments

What are skin tag treatments? The following are treatments for skin tags:

  • Cauterization
  • Cryotherapy
  • Surgically removing it
  • Home methods like chemicals or removal devices. Take a look at this all natural home method that sometimes works in as little as 3 days.

What are mole treatments? The following are treatments for moles:

  • Surgery excision
  • Surgical shaving off
  • Skin resurfacing (Dermabrasion)
  • Chemical peel
  • Laser

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Tom Johnson

Hi, I'm Tom Johnson, and I've spent years conducting extensive research, testing and have a passion for any topic related to skin tags. You can read more here About Me

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