Types of Benign Skin Growths
There are a variety of benign skin growth types but the most common include:
- Seborrheic Kerasotes – More common in middle-aged and older people, Seborrheic Kerasotes are flesh-colored, brown, or black growths with a round or oval shape. Often confused with moles, this type of skin growth usually has a warty or “pasted on” appearance, making it seem as though it could be peeled right off.
- Sebaceous Hyperplasia – More common in men and in patients with organ transplants, Sebaceous Hyperplasia is a benign enlargement of sebaceous glands surrounding a follicle. Characterized by small flesh-colored to yellow papules, often with a central dell, this common skin condition is simply an overgrown oil gland.
- Nevus (mole) – An incredibly common skin growth, the classic appearance for a normal mole is a light brown or flesh-colored spot or bump in the skin that has uniform features including smooth borders, small size, one uniform color throughout, and does not change or shift over time.
- Cysts – Typically, occurring on the scalp, neck, face and back, a cyst is a skin-colored movable lump or bump under the skin. Many contain fluid or cottage-cheese like material and feel firm to the touch.
- Acrochordon (skin tag) – Often occurring in places where the skin rubs together, such as under the arms, neck, or between the legs (i.e., groin), skin tags are usually soft and small and feature a “stalk-like” appearance. While the lesions are usually asymptomatic, removal may be sought if they become irritating – causing a pinching or pulling sensation – or cosmetically unsightly.