Fact is that not all moles, beauty marks, or other skin spots are created equal. Some can actually be downright dangerous. Your first line of defense is wearing SPF each and every day—and reapplying often during days when you’re outdoors. Your second line of defense is going for a yearly skin check at your dermatologist’s office. Your third line? Knowing what to look for in between those visits. With May being Melanoma Awareness Month, we chatted with Skincare.com experts, and board-certified dermatologists and skin cancer specialists, Dr. Dendy Engelman and Dr. Snehal Amin, to get a better understanding of of the ABCDEs of moles and melanoma.
Q1: ARE ALL MOLES AND MARKS CREATED EQUAL?
“There are so many types of skin spots and growths that the best way to learn about them is to look at your skin with a trained dermatologist. They can show you on your own skin the difference between a mole and a freckle or a precancer and a sunspot. The quick Google search cannot replace the judgment of an experienced dermatologist.”
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