Other Skin Lesions That Might Look Like Moles

There are a number of other skin lesions that people initially believe are moles but these mole looking lesions are different than a mole and possibly need different treatment and technique to have it removed.

Learn more about “mole like” skin lesions:

Sebaceous Gland Hyperplasia: Single or multiple yellowish or skin colored skin lesions that usually appear on the nose, cheeks, and forehead. These small papules are inherited from your family and may increase in number or size over your lifetime.

Cherry Angioma: These skin lesions are sometimes called “red moles” and can be skin leveled or slightly raised red, ranging from a pinpoint size to 7 mm. They can be caused by natural aging, genetics, hormone changes, climate, or exposure to certain environments.

Seborrheic Keratoses: These are common skin growths that range from white to brown to black and can appear similar to warts. They are benign lesions often caused by genetics or sun exposure.

Freckles: These are not actually moles, but deeper pigmentations that are skin colored to light brown spots typically found on the sun exposed skin of the face and arms.

Lentigo or liver spot: These are spots on the skin that are darker than the surrounding skin and usually caused by sun exposure. They are uniformly pigmented, flat with a brown to black color, and sharp margins. They range anywhere between 0.5 – 4 millimeters in size.

Skin Tags: Can be your skin colored or darker pigmented raised lesions that are attached to the skin with a broad base and frequently look like a mole.

Dermatosis papulosa nigra: Small, dark 1-5 mm bumps usually found on the upper cheeks in individuals of darker skin tones. They first appear during teen years and may become more visible as you age.

Large Clogged Pores: Especially if a pore is raised and filled with dark material, they can appear similar to moles on your body

Dermatofibroma: Round, brownish or redish-purple, raised growths commonly found in exposed areas such as the legs or arms and feel like hard lumps under the skin. Dermatofibromas usually extend farther beneath the skin than what is visible on the surface.

Cysts: Cysts are closed sacs that can be raised with discoloration that is similar to a mole. The type of cyst you have is determined by its location on your body. Quite often, cysts are found on the face, ears, neck, and scalp. Cysts can sometimes be differentiated from a mole by a visible central pore or whitehead.

Skin Cancer, non-melanoma: Most skin cancers start as a non healing lesion and gradually grow as a skin colored, dark brown, dark purple, dark blue or even colorless skin lesion that can look like a new mole on your body.

Melanoma: A deadly cancer that starts inside of what can appear to be a normal mole or on the skin surface just like a tiny flat mole growing over time.

Lipoma: A lump between your skin and muscle that feels fatty and is not painful. Lipomas are easily moveable with just very little pressure. You may have multiple lipomas at one time. Generally, they do not require any treatment but if it becomes painful or starts to grow you may consider removal.

Epidermal inclusion cyst or sebaceous cyst: A nodule that can move freely beneath the skin. The skin above the nodule usually appears normal or may have a pore that is visible like a large whitehead. This type of cyst is usually full of cheese-like white substance that has a foul odor.

Milias: On the face, especially around the eyes, you may have firm, small, whitish lesions. The development of milias is not usually linked to any particular reason or disease. Milias also appear frequently on infants but usually resolve on their own.

Pyogenic granuloma: After an injury to the skin, you may develop a growth that is red, oozing, and bleeding. This raised, bright red lesion will continue to grow over the next few weeks to approximately 12 mm. It is best to seek treatment for these growths as up to 50% of pyogenic granulomas will redevelop after the first removal.

Xanthomas: This type of skin growth can look like a skin colored mole. The raised skin lesion is a condition in which fatty growths develop underneath the skin. These mole like skin growths can appear anywhere on the body including on eyelids.

There are a lot of less common cancerous or benign skin lesions that can look like a mole. The description of that type of lesions is beyond the scope of this website therefore we invite you to make an appointment to see Dr. Shafa for evaluation and treatment of any skin lesion that you have. See us if you are concern, it is annoying, hurting, growing, changing or you just do not like the look of it. Ask question.