Even if you're someone who has a birthmark on their body, you may forget about them altogether. Birthmarks are extremely common and very normal. When healthy, birthmarks are nothing to worry about. But as with any skin abnormality including moles, it's important to keep a close eye on your birthmark for any changes.
What Are Birthmarks?
Birthmarks are areas of flat or raised discolored skin that can be on the body at birth, or develop shortly after. While folktales claim hundred of reasons for these blemishes, the exact cause of birthmarks is still unknown.
They vary in color and may be brown, tan or black to blue, pink or red. Some birthmarks are only stains on the surface of the skin, while others extend into the tissues under the skin or grow above the surface.
If you have a birthmark, or even a mole or a wart, it is important to visit your dermatologist for regular screenings in addition to self-exams at home. Though they are often harmless, it is important to keep a close eye on any skin abnormalities, as it is possible that they could develop into a more serious issue over time.
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