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Common Skin Growths

As our skin progresses through our life, it has a tendency to accumulate different types of spots. Many of these spots are commonplace and easily recognized during your evaluation. The following is a list of some of these common skin lesions managed and treated by your Advanced dermatology provider.

Dermatofibroma: there are several medical synonyms this benign lesion has had over the years. Most of the time these “scar balls” occur on the legs of women from trauma. They are benign and only require treatment if they develop problems or change.

Prurigo nodularis: these are intensely itchy bumps on the skin that arise from an unknown reason. There are several different treatment modalities for these lesions that your provider can provide at your appointment.

Keratoacanthoma: these are low-grade tumors that generally arises on sun damaged, hair-bearing skin. These lesions can grow quite rapidly causing serious concern. Your Advanced dermatology provider can treat these lesions at your evaluation.

Pyogenic granuloma: these are completely benign lesions that arise most commonly in children, pregnant patients and in patients taking certain medications. These lesions also can grow quite rapidly over a few weeks, can bleed and look concerning.

Cysts (epidermoid, pilar, other): these are abnormal, dilated sac-like structures under the skin that contain different components. They can occur anywhere on the skin and can become tender and problematic. These are commonly treated by your provider.

Milia: these benign lesions occur mostly on the face in newborns and more mature adults, especially females. They are pinpoint white "milk spots" that are stubborn to go away. Your Advanced dermatology aestheticians and medical providers both treat these spots.

Sebaceous hyperplasia: these are benign overgrowths of the oil-producing glands on the face of middle-aged to elderly people. They can look like Basal Cell skin cancers, so it's important to have your Advanced Dermatology provider evaluate these today.

Digital mucinous pseudocyst: these benign lesions are also called digital mucous cysts. They develop on the ends of the fingers and sometimes the toes. They are usually not bothersome but can grow and cause nail problems, which is a reason to visit your Advanced dermatology provider today.

Lipoma: these are usually small, benign fatty overgrowths located just under the skin. They tender to feel doughy or rubbery. They arise at any age but are most common in older adults. Since they can grow and become problematic, these should be evaluated by your provider.

Xanthelasma: these are benign, yellow lesions around the eyes that develop in adults, more often females. They are sometimes associated with internal problems with cholesterol and can become disfiguring. Treatments are available.

Adenxal Lesions (Syringoma, trichoepithelioma, etc): these generally benign growths encompass a large group of lesions that can grow anywhere on the body, many on the face. It is important to have these evaluated by your provider as rare cancerous changes can occur in these lesions.

Neurofibroma: these benign nerve-based tumors tend to develop around puberty anywhere on the body. While they can be isolated, there are systemic conditions associated with these lesions. Occasionally these can develop problems and be treated by your medical provider.

Angioma: commonly called cherry angioma due to their red color, these benign spots can grow anywhere on the body in adulthood. Occasionally these can become problematic and require treatment from your provider.

Seborrheic keratoses: these benign overgrowths have been called many things including liver spots, age spots, and barnicles on the ship of life. Occasionally these can change and become problematic, and be hard to tell apart from a skin cancer. An evaluation of these lesions is very important to ensure they are benign.

Verrucous acanthomas: these are large, thick versions of seborrheic keratoses (see above).

Moles: these lesions can be pigmented or flesh-colored, can be present at birth or develop thru adulthood, and not cause trouble or become a problem. These lesions are important to your advanced dermatology medical provider, because they can be associated with Melanoma.


Q: Are all of these lesions treated the same?

A: No. Your advanced dermatology provider is knowledgable about the treatment modalities available to take care of these spots at your evaluation. Each lesion is different and a treatment plan needs to be made between you and your provider.

Q: Why is my skin getting these spots?

A: A lot of these spots occur because of the passage of time, while others arise from well-known common causes. As long as your advanced dermatology provider evaluates your skin, these spots can be managed as they arise.