If a mole is scratched off, it typically grows back to the original structure and formation, according to WebMD. Moles that are tender, oozing, scaly, swollen, itching and red should be evaluated by a dermatologist to screen for types of skin cancer.Continue Reading
When a mole is scratched off and appears infected or changed from its original formation, physicians often remove a tissue sample from the mole for a biopsy to determine if it is cancerous, according to WebMD. During the biopsy, the entire mole and the rim of skin around it is removed before the wound is stitched closed.
A mole that does not change shape, grow or change in pigment color is often harmless and should not be scratched or removed, according to WebMD. People should have moles evaluated if one half of the mole does not match the other half, if the color is not consistent and has changing shades of tan, blue, white, black or red and if the diameter of the mole is larger than a pencil's eraser. In addition, if the border of the mole is irregular, blurred or ragged, the mole should be examined by a physician.
Moles can be removed for cosmetic reasons even if they are painless and do not change in formation or color.Learn more about Skin Blemishes
A whitehead on the lower eyelid should not be popped as the bacteria, pus or fluid resulting can infect the skin and the eye, according to WebMD. In most cases, the whitehead pimple may be an abscess known as a stye.Full Answer >
Stomach pimples may be an inflammation of hair follicles called folliculitis, as stated by WebMD. Folliculitis may occur on any part of the body, but the condition commonly appears on the stomach after using a hot tub or spa. Stomach pimples may also be standard acne, which can occur anywhere.Full Answer >
A person who is suffering from whiteheads can try cleansing the area with a gentle soap and warm water on a daily basis, according to WebMD. In addition, using an over-the-counter product that contains benzoyl peroxide is effective.Full Answer >
Cystic acne forms when the infection that causes a pimple moves to deeper tissue and causes the pore to fill with pus, according to WebMD. As of 2014, no one is certain of the exact cause of acne, but hormones and genetics are two factors that affect its development. During the teen years, androgens, the hormones related to acne formation, increase.Full Answer >