7 Types Of Skin Spots You Should NEVER Ignore On Your Body
Types Of Skin Spots You Should NEVER Ignore – You look at your body in the mirror and something red, brown, or pink is staring back at you. Where’d that new spot come from? Of course, your brain immediately starts thinking skin cancer! But before you panic and assume the worst, you should know there are lots of causes for a new spot—and many are harmless.
Here’s a breakdown of all the common, not-so-serious skin spots you may notice on your hide. If one turns up, you should still see a dermatologist for an evaluation. You can find a board-certified derm in your area at AAD.org. Also, use the app UMSKINCHECK by the University of Michigan to follow your spots and note when something changes, advises Michelle Pelle, MD, dermatologist and medical director at MedDerm Associates in San Diego.
1. Cherry Angioma
Small and red, this can look like a little red bump, though it may lie completely flat on your skin. It’s actually a cluster of dilated blood vessels. “Patients will come in and say they keep getting more and more,” says Nada Elbuluk, MD, assistant professor in the department of dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center. “And it’s true, you get them as you age,” she says. They can also run in families. So if your older sister has some, chances are you will, too. The good news: they’re totally benign. If you want them removed, Pelle treats them with IPL (intense pulsed light).