Connect-the-dots was one of my favorite activities as a kid. Using a magic marker to trace from one dot to the next would ultimately lead to a sugar infused treat or well-crafted image of a popular cartoon character. As an adult, however, playing connect-the-dots with developed moles on my skin is not the same childhood game – and should be monitored with caution. The ultimate prize, you ask, are the results of a malignant-free biopsy and peace of mind.
In addition to genetics, moles can form from being over-exposed to the sun, which ultimately weakens the skin's elasticity barrier, causes dehydration, and harmful irregularities that could lead to skin cancer. If necessary, these moles can be removed with ease and results can be generated within hours. Channel your inner child by using the ABCD technique to assess any developments:
Diameters Bigger than 5 Millimeters
Second City Style promotes the importance of slathering on sunscreen to help protect our body's largest organ from harmful UVA and UVB rays generated from the sun. And although this critical beauty regimen is practiced by most, some of us are still a bit fuzzy about the benefits of being shielded with SPF. Consult with your local dermatologist about any changes in your skin's texture or appearance, and most importantly to report any skepticism's of an irregular mole.
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– Nicole L. Townsend
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