A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Moles
I had a question the other day about moles.
Moles are growths on your skin that are usually brown or black.
Moles can appear anywhere on your skin, alone or in groups.
Most moles appear in early childhood and during the first 30 years of a person’s life.
It’s normal to have between 10-40 moles by adulthood.
As the years pass, moles usually change slowly, becoming raised and/or changing color.
Often, hairs develop on the mole.
Some moles may not change at all, while others may slowly disappear over time.
Moles occur when cells in your skin grow in a cluster instead of being spread throughout your skin.
These cells are called melanocytes, and they make the pigment that gives skin its natural color.
Moles may darken after exposure to the sun, during the teen years, and during pregnancy.
Congenital nevi are moles that appear at birth.
Congenital nevi occur in about one in 100 people.
These moles may be more likely to develop into melanoma (cancer) than are moles that appear after birth.
A mole or freckle should be checked if it has a diameter of more than a pencil eraser or any characteristics of the ABCDEs of melanoma (see below).
Dysplastic nevi are moles that are larger than a pencil eraser and irregular in shape.
They tend to have uneven color with dark brown centers and lighter, uneven edges.
People with dysplastic nevi may have more than 100 moles and have a greater chance of developing melanoma.
Any changes in a mole should be checked by a dermatologist to evaluate for skin cancer.
The vast majority of moles aren’t dangerous.
The only moles of concern are those that look different than other existing moles or those that first appear after age 30.
If you notice changes in a mole’s color, height, size, or shape, you should have a health care provider evaluate it.
You also should have moles checked if they bleed, ooze, itch, or become tender or painful.
Pay special attention to areas of your skin that are often exposed to the sun, like your hands, arms, chest, neck, face, and ears.
If a mole doesn’t change over time, there’s little reason for concern.
The following ABCDEs are important characteristics to consider when examining moles.
If a mole displays any of these signs, have it checked immediately.
>Asymmetry. One half of the mole doesn’t match the other half.
>Border. The border is ragged, blurred, or irregular.
>Color. The color isn’t the same throughout or has shades of tan, brown, black, blue, white, or red.
>Diameter. The diameter is larger than the eraser of a pencil.
>Evolution. The mole is changing in size, shape, or color.
To deal with moles it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins.
*Increase Omega3/omega6 essential fats.
*Keep a balanced pH.
*Use Enfuselle and/or ShakleeBaby skin care products.
*Tea Tree Oil is an antibacterial topical treatment.
*Epsom salts baths may be beneficial/soothing.
*Consider liver and/or colon cleanses, fasting, and/or juicing.
*Review my post on candida.
*Consider aloe vera (gel from inside fresh leaves is best).
*Eliminate toxic personal care, laundry and cleaning products.
*Eliminate personal care products that upset skin’s natural pH.
*Decrease excessive sun exposure.
*Decrease exposure to chlorinated shower/bath water, pools and hot tubs.
*Improve your digestion and elimination processes.
*Discover allergies/sensitivities (food and/or environmental) that may trigger or aggravate condition.
*Eliminate free radical damage.