Ever looked at your hand, arm, leg or any other area of your body, noticed a mole, and wondered to yourself, how did it ever get there? If you have, you’re not alone. In fact, millions of people across the globe at some point during their life time will discover a mole or skin tag somewhere on their body. But if you’re like most people, we’re sure that one of the questions you have about these skin blemishes is what actually causes them to appear?
The Good News
The good news for you today is that there is a scientific explanation to for it and in more than 90 percent of the time, moles or skin tags don’t present any life-threatening conditions. As you’ve probably noticed, moles are usually a dark brownish or black color that can show up on any part of your body, from your head, feet, ear, thighs, buttocks, and everything else in between. Now, if you’re one of the many people across the globe who has several moles on your body, we want you to know that this is perfectly normal. It’s normal for anyone to have anywhere from 10 to 40 moles on their body.
In most cases, developed during early childhood years and as time goes along, the mole or moles can become raised, stay flat like a small dot on your body, and in some cases disappear all together. Don’t be too surprised if you notice hairs growing from your mole. As you age, this is something that most people with raised moles experience in at least one of their moles.
The cause of why moles appear, for most people, maybe even you, is a complete mystery. However, there is a simple explanation: As you probably learned in grade school, human skin is made up of millions of cells. One of those cell types is called melanocytes. Well, melanocytes are the cells that make up the pigment of your skin, and melanocytes are the main culprit in the formation of moles. You see, most skin cells are spread out over the body. However, when cells in your skin form a cluster as apposed to being spread out over your skin, that cluster forms a mole.
Moles that appear on most people’s skin tend to darken from teenage years to adulthood or in special cases, such as pregnancy. In some cultures, moles are commonly referred to as beauty marks.
Ok, now that you know what causes moles, let’s move on to:
What Causes Skin Tags?
Well, if you’re one of those people who is very meticulous about your body or how you look, a skin tag can definitely catch your attention. Skin tags are commonly found on the neck, armpit, underneath folds of access fat on the body, and even under breasts. According to medial research, approximately 60 percent of people will develop some form of skin tags by their middle ages.
Similar to moles, skin tags can appear on any part of your body. However, most skin tags are seen or developed in areas where skin rubs against each other. It is for this reason that people who are overweight or pregnant tend to be more susceptible to developing skin tags.
But if you ask any doctor or medial specialist, they’ll quickly tell you that most people who develop skin tags can thank their genetics. Genetics, according to research, is a key source of why most people have skin tags.
A more scientific explanation of what causes skin tags is that they are formed when a collection of collagen and blood vessels become trapped inside thicker pieces of skin. According to the National Institutes of Health, skin tags are more commonly found in people who, as we mentioned earlier, are obese/over weight, pregnant, have the human papilloma virus (HPV), or use illegal steroids.
So now that you have a better understanding of what causes moles and skin tags, we’re sure that right about now, you may be wondering to yourself:
How Can You Remove Skin Tags Or Moles?
Both moles and skin tags can be surgically removed. In fact, most dermatologists can help with the removal of moles and skin tags. There are also certain natural remedies that seem to work well. One such product, Nevi Skin has proven to be very popular with those seeking a quick and inexpensive alternative. Perhaps the most common questions as it relates to a mole and or skin tag removal is: Will removal increase the risk of more growing or spreading over the body? The answer to this is no. There has been no medical proof to indicate that removing moles or skin tags promotes or will trigger the spread of more growths.
It is important to note, however, that as we’ve mentioned earlier, some people are prone to mole or skin tag growths, so regardless of if more appear in other parts of the body after removal, there’s no reason to believe that surgery or its alternatives caused more to spread over your body. The bottom line is that if you’re considering having a mole or skin tag(s) removed, it’s OK to go ahead and do it if that’s your desire. If additional moles or skin tags appear later, then just know that they would have appeared anyway, regardless.
With that said, if you’re like most people who have questions about the cause of moles and skin tags, there’s also an additional question that most people ask:
Are They Contagious?
Since many people with moles and or skin tags experience additional growths as they age, one may wonder if either is contagious. Well, neither one of them are contagious. The contagiousness of skin tags can, however, be confusing to some. If you remember, we mentioned that the National Institute of Health says that those with the human papilloma virus (HPV) are more prone to developing skin tags. Although HPV, which causes warts, can be passed along via sexual activity, HPV is not the cause of skin tags. We know that can be a little confusing in theory, but the bottom line is that skin tags are not contagious at all.