Normal and Abnormal Mole Colours

Moles come in all kinds of shades of brown and beige skin tones. Most are normal and nothing to worry about, but there are certain colours that indicate a mole might be abnormal and should be checked out asap. 

Normal Mole Colours

Normal moles tend to be shades of your own skin:

  • Brown moles – these are probably the most common and most recognisable type of mole. Brown moles have greater concentration of pigmentation compared to your normal skin which lends them a darker colour
  • Black moles – similar to brown moles, these have an even greater concentration of pigment, giving the mole a very dark colour
  • Flesh coloured moles – some moles don’t have as much additional pigment and can be relatively pale with a lower amount of contrast

Worrying Mole Colours

  • Red, pink, white and blue moles – these colourations are not normal and could be a cause for concern
  • Patchy coloured moles – a mix of red, white, pink or blue tones could be a sign of melanoma
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Where moles are an odd or unusual colour, it is worth getting them checked out – especially if they have any of the other characteristics of ‘abnormal’ or ‘worrying’ moles:

  • Shape – asymmetry or uneven shape can indicate abnormal behaviour of the skin cells
  • Borders – where the borders are uneven, jagged, notched or otherwise don’t look ‘right’ that could indicate a problem
  • Size – moles can vary a lot in size, but if you have a mole that is larger than the end of a pencil, that is one to keep a close eye on
  • Growing – if your mole has been growing or changing, then that could be a concern
  • Behaviour – normal moles tend to do very little. If your mole is itching, bleeding, oozing, crusty or otherwise ‘odd’ then it could indicate melanoma

You may not have all of the above symptoms, but if you are concerned that a mole is abnormal in any way, then do get it checked out by a doctor.

Most moles are harmless so it should hopefully put your mind at rest, but for those that do need treatment, starting as soon as possible gives the best results and outcomes for the patient.

Where moles are diagnosed as being only a cosmetic problem, private clinics offer mole removal with testing for full peace of mind.

Skin Surgery Laser Clinics

Cosmedics’ Skin Surgery Laser Clinic offer private mole removal at a selection of clinics based in London and Bristol. Moles are removed using the latest surgical techniques including laser mole removal; with trained doctors and surgeons.

Our team of qualified and experienced doctors and surgeons also treat other skin blemishes, including sebaceous cysts, skin tags, warts and lipoma using  freezing, laser or surgical techniques.

For ultimate peace of mind, Cosmedics Skin Surgery Laser Clinic offer a thorough top to toe mole check carried out by their trained and experienced doctors.

For more information or to book a consultation, please complete the form on this web page or call 020 7386 0464.