Are you curious or concerned about a mole with hair growing on it? Moles are common skin abnormalities but you may have several questions about them. What exactly is a mole? How and why does hair grow on them? Are these moles a cause for serious medical concern? You may wonder if electrolysis can safely remove hair from moles. Regarding skin conditions and hair removal, information is crucial, so we'll help answer these questions before you make a decision.
What are moles?
Moles are growths which appear when skin cells develop in a cluster instead of spreading evenly over the skin. They are often darker in color than the surrounding skin. Moles can appear anywhere on the skin, and they usually develop between early childhood and age 30, often increasing during adolescence. Though many adults have at least a few moles which are usually benign, it's still important to seek a medical evaluation for prevention and early treatment of skin cancer.
How and why does hair grow on moles?
The answer is that moles themselves don't actually produce hair, hair grows through them. Hair follicles produce hair on nearly every area of the body, including areas where moles occur. The dense cluster of skin cells growing together which forms a mole can cause darker pigmentation of hair growing through the mole. Sometimes hair appearing on a mole is vellus, which is shorter, fine, and light-colored, compared to longer, dark, and thicker terminal hair, which can also occur on moles.
Electrolysis and moles
Despite the common misconception that moles with hair are more likely to indicate a serious type of skin cancer, melanoma, dermatologists clarify that moles with hair are no more or less likely to develop melanoma than similar moles without hair. However, if you notice changes to a mole such as asymmetry, irregular edges, different colors throughout the area of the mole, or changes in size, shape, or color, this may indicate melanoma, and you should speak immediately with a dermatologist.
Is electrolysis safe for permanent mole hair removal?
Generally speaking, electrolysis on mole hair is safe and simple. Your local electrologist is the best source of information though, because regulations for using electrolysis to remove hair from moles vary from state to state. Some states require a doctor's approval before electrolysis treatments, and your electrologist may recommend speaking with a dermatologist or another medical doctor to check that the mole is not cancerous. If you're considering electrolysis for permanent hair removal from your mole, ask your electrologist about how to get started.