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Skin conditions: freckles, moles, blackheads and skin tags

So you’re dealing with acne, a lot of people have to deal with other skin conditions that make clearer skin an uphill battle. Oftentimes skin lesions can disrupt life as much as acne if not more. Along with acne, some of the skin conditions people deal with are freckles, moles, blackheads and skin tags. To achieve clearer skin is difficult for some but not impossible.

Freckles — Pippi Longstocking, Howdy Doody, Raggedy Anne, Ron Howard. . . Morgan Freeman for crying out loud! These are familiar people that have freckles. Freckles used to be odd, usually seen on individuals that have perky personalities, now they are a norm and often envious of the bearers. “Freckles are brown spots found on the face, neck, chest, and arms.” www.webmd.com

They are very common and appear to fair-skinned people who often have red or light hair. There are no medical concerns with freckles and most likely will not turn into melanoma. No known treatment of freckles other than surgical removal by scraping the skin, and, as always, cover up the foundation.

Skin moles are skin impressions that contain cells that grow together. Often moles appear dark or black depending on the skin tone after exposure to the sun. Some moles may develop into cancer so if a mole begins to grow, it should be checked out by a physician. Treatment for skin moles can be scraping of the skin, freezing, or burning them off all by a physician. www.webmd.com

Blackheads, like acne, is a skin condition that looks like pimples but are dark lesions that generally appear on the oily part of the skin like on or around the nose.

“Blackheads are a specific kind of dark acne lesion, so-called because they contain oxidized melanin, the pigment made by skin cells called melanocytes.” www.medicalnewstoday.com

Blackheads can look like hair stubble if left untreated and may become unsightly. It is preferred that the individual suffering with blackheads to not “pop” them but to wash the affected area with soap or whatever is prescribed by your physician and water. Messing with blackheads can cause further irritation and the prolonging of this condition.

Skin tags are growths on the skin that are usually not cancerous but can be annoying. Depending on its location, it’s difficult to see every day on average. Skin tags can occur on the back, face, neck, practically anywhere on the body.

Skins tags are often benign (noncancerous) and appear to look like small deflated balloons on the skin. Everyone can be prone to skin tags but most often appear in obese individuals. Though they can potentially fall off of the skin, treatment can be surgical removal on an outpatient basis.

If there is a skin condition that is of concern, contact a medical professional and stay away from home remedies that may exacerbate the problem.

About Mary Parsons

Mary Parsons. I have a master's degree in health sciences, a bachelor degree with a certificate in bioethics. I am employed by a large healthcare facility. I enjoy writing and covering various topics in particular health.

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