Pimples can form on any surface of the skin that has hair follicles, including moles. These pimples can grow deep inside the mole as a nodule, or closer to the surface as blackheads, whiteheads, pustules, or papules. If a pimple is inside a mole, you may feel it’s raised and tender to the touch.
So what can you do if you have a pimple within a mole? These pimples often go away on their own, without needing treatment. You can also treat these pimples with regular acne solutions such as salicylic acid cleansers and other mild products. However, patients should consult with their dermatologist if the pimple doesn’t get better or the mole changes within a few weeks, as this may be a sign of skin cancer.
If a pimple grows in your mole, it should be treated the same as any other pimple. Although it may cause more pain and may take a little longer to clear up from where it’s stuck underneath the surface, these pimples will generally disappear on their own within a few weeks.
It’s also not necessary to try treatments meant for persistent acne, especially if you’re someone who doesn’t get pimples often. Since the pimples will usually go away on their own, it’s best to avoid touching or squeezing them. Washing the skin too often will also dry it out and cause the pimple to produce extra oil, so you should avoid that as well.
Here are some self-care measures that can address the pain or irritation caused by a pimple within a mole:
In general, you don’t really need a different approach to address a pimple within a mole. If the mole is non-cancerous, it will most likely heal on its own. However, if changes occur to the mole, be sure to check with your dermatologist. You can also discuss mole removal with your dermatologist if you repeatedly injure a raised mole.
Pimples form when natural oils, sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells collect in a hair follicle. Hair follicles are the tiny holes from which hair grows. A hair follicle looks like an ordinary pore on the skin’s surface. When the dead cells, bacteria, and oil clog these pores, your body responds by forming a plug – the pimple.
On the other hand, a common mole is a cluster of pigmented cells that form on the surface of the skin. These moles can grow on any area, even around hair follicles. Moles don’t have any protection against the pimples that form underneath them. However, they can make it more difficult for the pimple to reach the surface. The more moles a person has, the greater the likelihood of a pimple forming beneath one.
The best way to deal with any pimple is to be proactive in keeping your skin healthy. You can prevent pimples from growing inside your moles with these easy steps:
If the pimple on your mole does not get better within a few weeks, it may be an infected mole, a sign of possible skin cancer, or another kind of skin condition. In such cases, it’s best to see a dermatologist directly for an evaluation. Even if the mole is not cancerous, you will have peace of mind once it is properly diagnosed.
You should also check the mole for any new changes that may occur, because this may indicate warning signs of skin cancer. Some changes you should be on alert for include:
Talk to a board-certified dermatologist immediately if you notice your mole has become unusual, or new moles have suddenly appeared on your skin. Your dermatologist will likely recommend conducting a full body skin exam to check for suspicious growths on your skin.
A full body screening will help detect skin cancers early on. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, which occurs in four forms: actinic keratoses (AK), basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma.
Out of the four skin cancer types, melanoma is the rarest but also the most deadly. Melanoma is a skin cancer that develops in cells that produce melanin. While melanoma can develop anywhere on the body, it often appears in areas frequently exposed to the sun. Moles that look like an irregular growth also indicate melanoma, but melanoma does not always begin as a mole.
A proactive approach toward skin cancer through skin examinations will greatly help in preventing and treating any issues.
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