What is the difference between a freckle and a mole?

At Aventura Dermatology, Dr. Bertha Baum and her team assist Hallandale, FL area patients with a wide range of skin concerns. This includes patients who are worried about developing skin cancer. Skin cancer can present in various ways depending on the type and stage, so we encourage patients to come in annually for a skin cancer screening to catch problems early enough for successful intervention. Knowing the marks and pigmentation on your skin can also make it easier to understand the changes happening in your skin. One question often asked to our team is, “what is the difference between a freckle and a mole?”

Here is what you need to know about this distinction. 

What is a mole?

A mole is a growth on the skin that is usually dark in color. Moles can be flat or raised, and they can occur anywhere on the body. Most moles are benign, which means they are not cancerous. However, some moles may become cancerous over time, so it is important to have any changes checked by a dermatologist like Dr. Bertha Baum.

What is a freckle?

A freckle is a small brown or black spot on the skin that is usually harmless. Freckles are more common in people with lighter skin, and they tend to appear after exposure to sunlight. Freckles are not usually a cause for concern, but if you have a large number of freckles or if they are changing in size or color, you should see a dermatologist and have them checked.

What is the difference between freckles and moles?

The main difference between freckles and moles is their appearance. Freckles are usually small and uniform in size, while moles can be larger and irregular in shape. Moles are also usually darker than freckles. However, the best way to tell the difference between a freckle and a mole is to have it evaluated by a dermatologist.

What should I do if I’m concerned about a growth or change in my skin?

If you have any concerns about your skin, we encourage you to make an appointment at Aventura Dermatology. Dr. Bertha Baum can examine your skin and offer treatment options if necessary. Contact one of our office locations today in Hallandale, FL to schedule a consultation visit with our team.

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