Moles, Lumps, and Bumps

Never self diagnose. If you have a growth on your skin that concerns you, see your doctor.

A variety of different types of skin growths can appear on the skin and be quite annoying. Some lumps and bumps start small and grow over time.

Sometimes there is a raised brown bump that appears similar to growths we saw on our grandparents, and other times acne may flare up well past adolescence. There also may be times that you notice bumps that mark the texture of the skin on your face.

These lumps and bumps are usually benign skin growths with a variety of treatment options. Only your physician can examine and determine proper treatment. Below is a short list of some of these growths.

REMEMBER you may have multiple types of bumps and some that may not be listed here:

- small, hard, white bumps (milia)

- enlarged oil glands (sebaceous hyperplasia)

- moles (nevi)

- "barnacles" (seborrheic keratoses)

- red bumps (cherry angioma)

- pimples (acne vulgaris)



Other Medical Dermatology


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Many people suffer from rosacea. It is not contagious, but there is some evidence to suggest that it is inherited. There is no known cause or cure


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Warts (Verrucae) are common growths that are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). These can commonly involve the fingers, hands, feet, while

Skin Growths

REMEMBER you may have multiple types of bumps and bumps and some that may not be listed here: Small, hard, white bumps (milia) Enlarged oil


Psoriasis is a common inflammatory skin disease characterized by itchy or sore patches of various sizes. Often theses patches of skin have, silvery

Treatment of Actinic Keratosis - Precancer

Actinic Keratoses (AKs) are rough, scaly patches on the skin caused by excessive exposure to the sun. AKs can sometimes progress into dangerous skin

Treatment of sun damage

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Removal of benign growths (moles and cysts)

Moles or cysts  may become uncomfortable or worrisome. Proper evaluation by a dermatologist is needed before considering treatment options. Common