The older your skin, the more susceptible it is to unwanted skin conditions, including moles, liver spots, freckles, wrinkles, etc. The strength of skin cells to resist these conditions declines with age, and they give in because they are unable to renew themselves more often.
How the skin ages and the type of unwanted growth depends on several factors, such as the diet, lifestyle, and personal habits. For instance, females that have greater exposure to the sun are more apt to developing cancerous moles or spots. Smoking and consumption of processed food can lead to the creation of free radicals inside the body, which can damage cells and lead to premature wrinkles.
That said, the following are the most common types of skin growths:
· Actinic & Seborrheic Keratoses
Actinic keratoses refer to brownish or red colored scaly spots that appear on the skin as it grows older. These spots can turn cancerous if they become acute and the victim of the growth fails to seek treatment at an early stage. Seborrheic keratosis are warts that can be black or brown in color, and are usually benign growths that look as if they’ve fastened themselves to the skin’s surface. The most common growth areas include the back of the hand, forearm, or face.
Nevi or moles are tiny skin marks that result due to the increase in pigment-producing cells in the skin. They can be rough, smooth, flat or raised, and accompanied by some hair. Most of them are brown or black in color, but a few can be yellowish or skin-colored. They respond to hormonal changes and change overtime; exposure to the sun after growth can darken their appearance. Another type of mole is the atypical mole, which is larger than the normal mole and can be tan or pink. Moles can appear anywhere on the skin.
· Cherry angiomas
This is a skin growth that affects mostly middle-aged women. Chery angiomas is classified as a small, bright red, benign, elevated bump that is caused by dilated blood vessels. Fatty deposits may also contribute to their formation. They are quite small in size, the usual being pinhead size to on quarter inch. Most growths are smooth, but some can stick out from the skin. The fortunate aspect of this growth is that it is noncancerous, and doesn’t harm the health.
How to treat these skin growths
Several measures can treat or reduce the symptoms of unwanted skin growths. You should always start with natural and external treatment options. For instance, moles can be removed with surgery or through the duct tape method, but using mole removal products is recommended because they are made from high quality plant extracts allowing for homeopathic treatment without any side effects. It is possible to take care of benign moles right from the comfort of your home, which saves you expensive visits to the dermatologists.
Likewise, topical ointments can be used on actinic & seborrheic keratoses. Home remedies can also be applied to see results before the option for a dermatologist is considered. For example, Apple Cider Vinegar is recommended for removal of cherry angiomas, but the skin needs to be open. Cryotherapy or freezing can also treat many of these growths.