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June 3, 2014
By L. Carr, Contributing Columnist
Despite their association with Cindy Crawford, Marilyn Monroe and
even Robert De Niro, moles don’t have an attractive reputation these
days - even if you call them beauty spots. A mole on the cheek was
considered the height of fashion but most people today don't see their
moles as beautiful and many want them gone.
Why do you have so many moles when your friend has none? What can
you do to minimize the appearance of moles or get rid of them
What Causes Moles?
Moles are medically known as "melanocytic nevi". They are composed
of pigment-producing skin cells.
Moles may be regular, irregular, or cancerous. If you have a lot of
moles you can blame your parents as it’s likely to have been
predetermined before you were born – genetics plays a big part in the
number of moles you have. However, sun exposure before adulthood
can increase their number.
Who Gets More Moles?
People with pale skins who live in sunny climates are likely to have
more moles than those people with darker skins who avoid the sun.
The sun causes moles to develop and exposure to sun as a child
increases your chances of having a lot of moles as you grow older.
Regularly vacationing at the beach leads to a 5 percent increase in
moles in seven-year-old children, according to a 2009 study from the
Colorado School of Public Health. Researchers also found that boys
were more likely to develop multiple moles than girls.
Is it Dangerous to have lots of Moles?
Does having more moles increase your chance of getting melanoma –
skin cancer? Yes – the more irregular moles you have, the bigger your
risk of developing a malignant melanoma. The more benign moles you
have, the greater the chances of developing a changing mole or an
abnormal mole. The American Academy of Dermatology says one in five
Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
Fortunately, skin cancers can be more easily detected than cancers of
the internal organs. If you have lots of moles it is important to check
your skin regularly for signs of suspicious changes. Watch out for new
moles, moles that have changed appearance, moles that bleed, or moles
that itch. Check your moles yourself once a month and have an annual
exam from a dermatologist for the places you cannot easily see.
Regular, unchanging moles pose no health risk so you don’t have to get
them removed. Most moles will never become cancerous. However,
many people want to remove their moles because they look
Here’s how to protect your moles, prevent moles from developing,
minimize their appearance, and check your skin for problems before
they become serious.
Top 7 Natural Remedies for Moles
1. Prevent Moles by Using Sun Protection
Since you cannot undo your genetics, you cannot prevent moles from
developing altogether. But you can protect your skin and that of your
children so that some moles won’t develop. Use a sunscreen with a
high SPF of 50, wear a wide-brimmed hat, wear long-sleeved clothing
while in direct sunlight, and avoid the peak hours of sunlight – seek the
shade or stay indoors. Start these sun protective measures when your
children are very young – the sooner the better to prevent moles from
developing and also to protect their skin from damage.
2. Avoid the “Tan Jab” to Prevent Mole Changes
A 2009 study from the University of Manchester, UK found that use of
an unlicensed medicine designed to increase the amount of melanin in
the skin caused rapid changes in the appearance of moles. The so-
called “tan jab” is an injection of Melanotan to increase melanin and
give you a suntan. Patients using the drug reported rapid changes in
their moles including increase in size.
3. Light Therapy for Jaundice Can Cause Increased Moles
Children who received phototherapy for jaundice as babies are more
likely to develop moles in early childhood, according to a 2006 study
from Bichat-Claude Bernard Hospital, Saint-Antoine Hospital, and
Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris. Jaundice is a common condition
experienced by newborns and is treated using a blue light to reverse
the process of jaundice. The study looked at 58 children – children who
had had phototherapy had significantly more moles of 2mm or larger
than children who didn’t have the treatment.
4. Use Skin Photos to Identify New Moles
As it is important to keep a close eye on your moles if you have a lot –
moles may develop into cancer – any regime that helps you check is a
big help. In a 2004 study from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer
Center, New York, patients that checked their skin using photographs
for reference were better able to spot new moles or moles that had
changed shape compared to people who didn’t use photos.
When using photos to identify moles their accuracy increased by 10
percent, according to researchers.
5. Homeopathy for Moles?
Homeopathy is often used to treat warts, but its effectiveness for
treating moles or lessening the appearance of moles is limited.
However, homeopathy practitioners say that sepia, the homeopathic
remedy, is effective for treating patients with pigmented skin, dry skin,
and blotchy skin. Whether homeopathy can lessen the appearance of
moles has not been substantiated.
6. How to Look After Your Skin Following Mole Removal
If you decide to have a mole removed for cosmetic purposes or for
health reasons, it is important to protect and care for your skin after
the procedure in order to limit the extent of scarring.
Keep a bandage on the wound after the procedure, use an antibiotic
ointment, and keep the wound clean.
The herb gotu kola has been used as a preparation to help avoid keloid
scars, for example in a 1979 study by Bosse JP, Papillon J, Frenette G,
7. Celebrate Your Moles, They Could Help Protect Your Health
If you have more than 100 moles you are less likely to develop
osteoporosis, according to a 2010 study from King’s College, London.
Researchers claim men and women with a lot of moles have stronger
bones, making it less likely they will suffer from osteoporosis. They also
tend to have fewer wrinkles, and healthier eyes and heart. People with
a lot of moles are known to have white blood cells containing parts of
DNA that are less prone to deterioration – hence the increased amount
of time before skin and bones start showing their age.
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