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Difference Between Moles, Freckles And Skin Tags

Introduction and background

Our skin is the most important part of our body and taking good care of it is extremely necessary. Living by this notion is something that everyone needs in their lives, regardless of their skin color, living conditions or any other factor that may distinguish them in terms of their skin. To do that, we have a vast industry that is based solely on products that are made to make the skin look good and help it fight back against all kinds of skin related diseases. However, to really understand the problems that you may face and to make sure that the treatments that you use to cure those problems are effective, you need to understand some of the very basic skin related problems. These problems are moles, freckles and skin tags. People often confuse them as to which is which, and therefore we have decided to share with you all the crucial knowledge regarding all three of them. To find out more about these skin problems, keep reading.


This is the most common type of abnormal skin growth that you will see in your daily life. Almost everyone has a few moles on their skin and they are completely harmless. Usually they are black or brown in color and can appear on any part of your body. They are either found in groups or as a single mole on a particular part of the body. They usually occur during the childhood and keep coming till the age of thirty. This is only the more common time of occurrence, as the moles can appear at any time during your life. Having 10-40 moles is considered to be normal for adults. Over the time, they can grow, change color or even grow hair on them, and there is a chance that they may disappear altogether. While it is completely harmless to have moles on the skin, you should immediately contact a dermatologist if your moles start itching, as this could be a sign of skin cancer.


Freckles are flat tanned spots found on the skin in circular shape and their typical size is that of a nail’s head. The spots are usually found in groups and usually occur in the parts of skin that have been exposed to sunlight repeatedly. Most common occurrence of freckles is found on people with fair skin, and they can form in areas like cheeks, arms, nose and also upper shoulders. The appearance of freckles can start at a very young age, usually 1-2 years. While freckles remain on the skin for a very long time, it is still possible that they may fade away completely with the passage of time. There are no serious diseases that may occur directly from a formation of freckles.

Skin tags

Skin tags are also a very common occurrence and they usually form as a very small abnormal growth of skin like pimples. They are harmless, small and occur in places where the skin gets folded. This can be armpits, eyelids, groin folds, neck and even under the breasts. Their occurrence is so common that it is believed that almost everyone experiences a skin tag growth at some point in their life. The most common occurrence is in people who are middle-aged and obese. While there is no harm in removing a skin tag, it is highly recommended that you use a method that is approved by a doctor or perhaps go to the doctor and have it removed there. It is a good idea to have them removed as they may not be harmful but they still look bad.


After reading the above descriptions, you not only have the proper knowledge to differentiate between moles, freckles and skin tags, you can also figure out what treatment you need to use and how to handle them.

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