Finding a red mole on your body can be a cause for concern, but it’s usually nothing to worry about. These red skin growths can occur anywhere on the skin and can be bright cherry-red bumps. The red color in these moles is usually caused by blood vessels that form near the surface of the skin. The most common type of red mole is cherry angioma, sometimes called Campbell De Morgan spot or senile angioma. They usually grow on the trunk and increase in number with age.
The good news is that red moles are usually harmless growths; However, you should see your doctor for any new growths on your skin.
In this article, you will learn about the most common types of red moles and what you can do about them. In general, doctors do not recommend removing red moles on their own, as it is necessary to consult a dermatologist first. Dermatologists use a variety of methods to remove red moles, including freezing, laser removal, and bleaching. Many people have successfully removed harmless moles at home using ingredients like apple cider vinegar (ACV) or edible hydrogen peroxide, which you’ll learn how to do at the end of this article.
What is a red mole?
Most types of red moles are classified as benign skin tumors, the most common of which is cherry angioma. According to the American College of Dermatology and Osteology, red moles are caused by dilated blood vessels, which are growths.1
Red moles can be of different shapes and sizes. Dr. David Swanson says on MedlinePlus that some red moles can be a quarter of an inch in size. Depending on the number of blood vessels, the head may be smooth or protruding from the skin.2
Some types of red moles, called actinic keratosis, are caused by exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays and require more careful monitoring.
Let’s take a closer look at the different types of red skin growths that can appear on your body. Next, we will consider when to remove red moles and how to remove them.
Different types of red moles and their causes
Various types of red moles, red skin warts, and skin growths affect many people. Here are the main types of red moles that can grow on your body.
Cherry angiomas (also called Campbell De Morgan spots or senile angiomas) are clusters of blood vessels that form a red mole under the surface of the skin. As their name suggests, cherry angiomas are bright red in color, like a ripe cherry.
Cherry angiomas, or Campbell De Morgan spots, affect the upper torso and are more common in people over 40, according to the Society for Primary Care Dermatology. Depending on the type of blood vessel coagulation, the mole may be blue or pink in color. , not just bright red.3
Cherry red angiomas don’t just affect your trunk. Case Reports in Dermatology reports that cherry angiomas cause red papules on the scalp. These red spots on the skin are also itchy and may bleed if scratching damages the surface of the skin.4
The cause of senile angioma or cherry angioma is unknown. However, doctors know that there are some factors that increase the number of lesions on cherry skin. For example, red moles are known to occur more often in middle-aged people than in young people.
Doctors at the American College of Osteopathic Dermatology report that pregnancy increases the number of red angiomas on the upper body. However, if you have many red bumps on your skin, this could be a sign of liver damage. 1
Some researchers have found a link between bromide poisoning and cherry angiomas. A journal of dermatology reported that two laboratory technicians exposed to bromide-containing compounds developed several cherry angiomas on their trunks.5 Bromide has been used for some medicinal and scientific purposes.6
Some types of red moles are caused by overexposure to the sun. Actinic keratosis is characterized by red skin growths with wart-like surfaces on nodules.
Other symptoms of actinic keratosis include itching and burning around the growth, the growth has a hard surface, and the skin lesions are red, pink, or brown in color, according to the Mayo Clinic. Actinic keratosis can turn into cancer, so it is important to see a doctor for red, hard skin growths.7
Spitz nevus is a red mole that looks like a dome-shaped red bump on the skin. The most common places where Spitz nevi grow red nodules are on the limbs and face.
DermaNet New Zealand dermatologists say Spitz nevi are similar in appearance to melanoma. However, unlike melanoma growth, Spitz nevi
, you should always have red moles checked by a qualified dermatologist.8
In addition to affecting the upper torso, Spitz’s red mole can also affect the neck and hands, according to the American College of Dermatology and Osteology. If the convex surface of the skin breaks, the red mole itches and bleeds. 9
How to prevent red moles
Red moles such as cherry angioma and Spitz nevi are not always preventable. As mentioned earlier, cherry angiomas are often associated with aging and can also occur in some pregnant women. However, according to the American College of Osteopathic Dermatology, multiple red moles like cherry angiomas or spider angiomas are associated with liver damage in some people.1
Your liver plays an important role in your body and it is important to keep it healthy. It helps keep your blood healthy and free of toxins.
It is important to prevent red moles and skin growths associated with sun damage. Actinic keratosis can cause skin cancer, so you should always protect your skin from the sun. If a red mole associated with actinic keratosis grows and starts to bleed, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.
Natural ways to get rid of red moles
Is it necessary to remove red moles at home?
Dermatologists do not recommend removing red moles at home unless they have been examined by a professional.
However, if your dermatologist has determined that red moles are harmless, there are several natural ways to get rid of them.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Apple cider vinegar is a natural remedy for removing unwanted skin growths such as red moles. Apple cider vinegar is naturally acidic and can help gently remove skin warts, bags, and possibly cherry angiomas. If you want to use apple cider vinegar medicinally, always use raw, unprocessed apple cider vinegar.
ACV should not be used to remove red moles around the eyelids as it may harm the eyes.
How to use:
To use apple cider vinegar to get rid of red moles, you need to do the following.
Dip a small piece of cotton in apple cider vinegar.
Put a cotton pad soaked in apple cider vinegar on the red mole and secure it with a bandage. A cotton ball will only cover the red mole and avoid irritating the skin around the mole.
Leave it overnight and remove it in the morning.
Apply the ACV treatment to the cherry angioma for about a week until it falls off.
For more information, read my article on how to use apple cider vinegar (ACV) to get rid of warts and blemishes.
Hydrogen peroxide is another natural remedy that can help get rid of cherry angiomas. Hydrogen peroxide is a natural bleaching agent, so it can help remove blackheads and blemishes. To remove skin growths, you should use 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide.
How to use:
If your dermatologist has given you an “all clear” for cherry angioma, you can use 35% hydrogen peroxide to remove the red mole.
Using a file, gently scrape the top layer of skin over the red mole.
Soak the tip of a cotton swab in food grade hydrogen peroxide.
Apply the solution carefully to the red mole so as not to touch the surrounding skin.
Repeat 3-5 times a day for about 2 weeks to get rid of red cherry angiomas.
Read my article on how to safely remove skin tags with hydrogen peroxide using hydrogen peroxide.
Medical options for red mole removal
In most cases, red moles such as cherry angiomas are harmless and do not require any treatment. However, many people choose to get rid of these red moles for cosmetic reasons. However, a dermatologist will recommend the best treatment.
Some of the traditional ways to get rid of red moles that dermatologists recommend are:
Cryosurgery. Cryosurgery involves freezing the red mole with liquid nitrogen. The Journal of Dermatologic Surgery and Oncology reports that cryosurgery is often used to remove cherry angiomas for cosmetic purposes. There may be some discomfort associated with this; but dermatologists will apply local anesthesia.10
Electric shock. Electrocautery is the process of burning away unwanted red growths on the skin and is used to get rid of cherry angiomas. A laser is often used to precisely exfoliate red papules. The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology reported that laser stimulation can successfully remove red moles. Sometimes many people experience inflammation around the treated area.11
Pulsed dye laser: A laser similar to an electric beam is used to burn red moles. This is done by focusing the heat of a focused laser beam on the skin growth.
Curettage. Curettage is a method of scraping off unwanted growths and cancerous moles. Dermatology journals say that curettage is acceptable
A method capable of treating cherry angioma.4
Sclerotherapy. An inexpensive method used by some dermatologists to remove red moles is to inject a saline solution. The Journal of Dermatologic Surgery reports that sclerotherapy is helpful in treating cherry angiomas. Most cases were cured after 3 weeks of regular injections.12
How do you know if a red mole is dangerous?
In general, doctors recommend watching any mole for any changes. However, if you notice new skin growths that are red, brown, black, or pink, you should see a dermatologist. You should follow the ACBDE to check for moles that can change and become cancerous. This is:
Inequality. Moles are irregular in shape and one side is not the same shape or size as the other.
Border. Worrying moles will have jagged or irregular borders.
Color. Moles come in different shades of brown, black, white, blue, and white.
Diameter. A mole is larger than a pencil eraser.
Developing. Moles change shape, size and color.