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By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
June 04, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Birthmarks   Skin Blemishes  

Port wine stains are just one type of birthmarksLearn some fun facts about these common skin blemishes.

Birthmarks are extremely common, appearing on about 80 percent of babies at birth. Even if you don’t have a birthmark, chances are good that you know someone who does. However, how much do you actually know about these dermatological markings? There are a lot of facts and folklore surrounding birthmarks and why they appear. Find out how much you really know!

Your Birthmark Is Not Caused By Your Mother!

There are many folk tales surrounding the expectant mother’s influence on whether or not her child has a birthmark. Some cultures believe that a birthmark is associated with the mother’s unfulfilled want or need, while others believe that certain foods that the mother eats or activities that she participates in can cause birthmarks to appear on her newborn. However, many doctors believe that birthmarks actually form before the child is even born.

Does a Birthmark Tell You Who You’ll Be?

Are you always looking for the next amazing adventure? Do people revel over all your successes? If so, some people might believe your birthmark has something to do with it. A birthmark on the back is believed to signify that the child is open­minded, while a birthmark on the right foot means you are born to be a traveler. While there is certainly no scientific evidence to prove any of this, it’s a fun superstition nonetheless.

All lore aside, many birthmarks are benign; however, it is best to see your dermatologist to have it evaluated and to make sure it isn’t malignant. There are several different kinds of birthmarks:

  • Congenital melanocytic nevus: This more rare birthmark can be found anywhere on the body and is usually light brown or sometimes black, depending on the person’s skin color.
  • Mongolian spots: A bluish­gray marking that may look similar to a bruise.
  • Port wine stain: A purple or red blemish that often appears on the face.
  • Telangiectatic nevus: Sometimes referred to as a “stork bite” or “angel kiss”, these slightly red patches are often found on the face or back of the neck.
  • Hemangiomas: A raised, red mark sometimes referred to as a “strawberry mark”
  • Café au lait spots: This birthmark is characterized by circular, light brown spots
  • Silvermark: A silver or white streak in the hair.

If you are unhappy with or embarrassed by your birthmark then you may also want to talk to your dermatologist about having it removed. Both surgery and laser treatments may be options for having your skin blemish removed.

By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
October 02, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Birthmarks  

birth markEven 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.

Concerned about your birthmark? Call our office to schedule a consultation today!

By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
March 30, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Warts   Moles   Birthmarks  

Moles, Warts, and Birthmarks

Whether you have a mole, birthmark or warts, it is important to pay close attention to any skin abnormality to ensure they do not develop into a more serious condition. Regular self-exams and trips to your dermatologist are important in preventing further complications. While moles and birthmarks are normal and common, and warts are typically unpleasant but not serious, any of these conditions could develop into a more serious issue if you aren't paying attention.

Moles

Moles are common - almost everyone has a few and some people develop hundreds. Individuals with light skin tend to have more moles, with the average ranging from 10 to 40. 

Some moles can increase the risk of developing skin cancer more than others. Performing regular self-exams helps you recognize the early warning signs of melanoma. When examining your moles, look for the ABCDEs of melanoma detection:

  • Asymmetry – one half is not like the other

  • Border – irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border

  • Color – varied from one area to another, shades of tan, brown and black

  • Diameter – melanomas are usually greater than 6mm

  • Evolving – a mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color.

Warts

Warts are non-cancerous skin growths caused by a viral infection in the top layer of the skin. Viruses that cause warts are called human papillomavirus (HPV). Usually skin-colored and rough to the touch, warts can also be dark, flat and smooth. The appearance of a wart depends specifically on where it is growing. There are several kinds of warts, including:

  • Common warts – Usually grow on fingers, around the nails and on the backs of the hands.

  • Plantar Warts – Typically found on the soles of the feet.

  • Flat Warts – Smaller and smoother than other warts, and tend to grow in large numbers.

Usually passed from person to person, warts can also be passed indirectly in some cases. The gap from first contact to the time the warts have grown large enough to be seen is often several months.

Birthmarks

Birthmarks are areas of flat or raised discolored skin that are often on the body at birth or may develop shortly after birth. Birthmarks vary in color and may be brown, tan, black, 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 mole, birthmark or wart, it is important to visit your dermatologist for regular screenings in addition to self-exams at home.  Though these are often harmless, it is important to keep a close eye on your ailments to prevent any further problems.