Why Do Moles Develop?

Moles are an extremely common skin issue. They occur when cells called melanocytes grow in a cluster rather than spreading out. These cells are responsible for giving skin its color. Over time, moles typically darken after being exposed to the sun and during periods of hormone fluctuations, such as adolescence and pregnancy.

Most people have up to 60 moles by the time they reach the age of 25. A few moles are usually present at birth, and then more will emerge during a person’s lifetime. Moles often become darker and more pronounced over the years. In the vast majority of cases, moles are not a cause for concern, but sometimes they can indicate skin cancer. Report any changes in your moles or the appearance of new moles that are asymmetrical in shape or color to your dermatologist right away.

You can trust Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology for all of your skin care needs. Our dermatologists are experienced in both medical and cosmetic dermatology and are ready to help you look and feel your best. Make your appointment for skin care in Salt Lake City by calling (801) 266-8841.

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