Common Benign Growths of the Skin
There are numerous benign growths that develop on the skin. The typical characteristics of a benign growth consist of a lesion that is stable and not changing in any way, that do not bleed, and that does not have any symptoms.
Moles recognized to dermatologists by the medical term nevi are skin colored to brown growths that start flat like a freckle, and as we age come to be raised to varying levels and may become even more fleshy and lighter in color later in life. Importantly benign moles are symmetrical, uniformly pigmented, and are typically smaller sized than a pencil eraser.
Skin tags are small flaps of skin that take place in body fold areas that do not call for treatment but can easily be removed.
Solar lentigenes that are generally referred to as liver spots are flat brown spots that develop due to chronic sun exposure and increase in number and size as we age. They have nothing to do with your liver besides the spots are brown and so is your liver.
Seborrheic keratosis are commonly dry to waxy tan to brown stuck on warty growths that appear as we get older that do not require treatment but can easily be removed with liquid nitrogen.
Angiomas are benign growths of blood vessels that are red to purple. One variety called the cherry angioma appear as we get older and look like a blood blister.
Dermatofibromas are reddish brown firm bumps in the epidermis that feel like a pebble in the skin.
Cysts are mobile nodules under the skin that are benign growths of a hair follicle.
All of these benign growths are commonplace and do not require treatment. If you do not want any of them, these benign lesions can be removed easily.