Acne is a frustrating condition – especially for those who suffer from severe cases. It leaves the person dealing with it with a lack of self-confidence; costs a great deal of money to treat, and can permanently scar- physically and emotionally. It can hinder a social life, or cause deep depression. Another thing it can do…mask hidden moles.
Because the skin is covered in bumps, oftentimes it can be difficult to distinguish that there is a mole, a melanoma or sun damage hiding among the acne. Acne treatments can also exacerbate non-related skin conditions that need a different form of treatment. But, if the non-acne bumps are treated as acne – they may get worse.
Of course, acne is not the only thing that can mask moles. They can hide in little crevices or places that are difficult for us to see, ourselves (Example: our back). They can be small and colorless, or resemble a freckle, for those who have freckles over a large part of their body. Those with darker skin tones may not find them as easy to spot, either, as they could blend in.
Deciphering what IS and what ISN’T a mole is the job of an expert. Everyone should be checked by a professional, every several years. If you have acne – it couldn’t hurt to be checked (at least once) by a dermatologist, before you decide to spend your teenage years self-medicating with a tube of Clearasil and / or a subscription to Proactive. Moles may be harmless, or not – isn’t it better to know?