Benign moles and cyst

Moles are small dark marks on the skin. They are a collection of skin pigment cells called melanocytes. Moles are usually brownish, although some may be darker or skin-coloured. They can be flat or raised, smooth or rough, and some have hair growing from them. Moles are usually circular or oval in shape, with a smooth edge. They can start to look different over time and sometimes respond to hormonal changes, such as during pregnancy, adolescence and the menopause. Some moles even disappear over time or fall off, often without you realising.

Should they be removed? It is not essential, however if you are concerned or if it is in an obvious position, it can be removed. However it will leave with a scar.

Should I be concerned. Generally moles are benign and therefore you should not be concerned. However exposure to sun may alter these moles. Changes that should concern you

Sudden increase in size
Become itchy
Becomes ulcerated
Changes in colour
Becomes inflamed
If you have any of the above seek advice immediately


The most common one is a sebaceous cyst.
Should it be removed? This is best removed, as if left longer, it can get infected. Once it gets infected, it will be more difficult to remove and will leave with a worse scar.

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