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What's this growth in your skin?

Taking care of your skin is not only shows your age but is far more than just appearance, although that is important, it also has three main purposes: protection, regulation, and sensation. When our skin is poor, so too tends to be our self-esteem, our emotional state, and general health.

Have a look at some of the symptoms and cures of skin disturbance:

Symptom 1

You are middle-aged and have noticed you are getting small, flesh-coloured growths in your skin particularly around your neck, and they are becoming unsightly.

It could be skin tags. They are very common as we get older and can appear in the armpits or groin too. On the neck, they might catch on jewellery and bleed. They are harmless.


Skin tags can be removed by freezing with liquid nitrogen or by electrodesiccation (a hot wire) or by simply cutting them off. A few can be removed at a time.

Symptom 2

You have had a lump at the back of your neck for ages which is getting bigger and bothering you. It isn't itchy or tender and you can move it under the skin.

It could be Lipoma, simply a collection of fat that is generally harmless. Lipomas are more common in women and tend to appear on the torso, forearms, and the back of the neck.


Lipomas are entirely benign and can be very easily removed by surgery, so speak to your doctor about a referral to an aesthetic surgeon.

Symptom 3

You have got some brownish, blackish, wart-like spots on your back, which don't appear to be getting bigger. They feel rough and look like they have been stuck on your skin.

It could be Seborrheic keratoses, which are usually harmless and enlarge very slowly. As their name implies they are found where the skin is greasy.


Usually, no treatment is needed but you may want them removed for cosmetic reasons by a dermatologist.

After all, there is one more interesting fact about skin in some people. Have you ever heard about dermographism?

What is dermographism?

People with dermographism develop weals as a response to pressure, so you can "write" on their skin by pressing on it with a finger. For this reason, the condition is also called skin writing, dermographia, or dermatographic urticaria. It can also happen to sensitive people when the skin is exposed to pressure or rubbing.

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