By HBW Staff
Hyperpigmentation is an adverse skin condition, which causes moles and spots on the skin that resemble freckles.
They are sometimes dark in color, yellowish, and can also be the same color of your skin. These so-called “skin tags” can appear on the skin of people of all ethnicities. The skin tags usually appear on people who are 30-years-old or older. They are triggered by pigment-producing cells found in the skin.
These skin tags can be raised like moles or flat. They can be hairy or not have hair on them at all. The spots can also be smooth in texture or rough. The shapes of these skin tags are either circular or oval. The condition that causes these skin tags is called seborrheic keratoses, according to dermatologists.
“These first appear during teen years, slowly becoming more pronounced as one ages. This is fairly common in blacks, present in about one-third of adults. Occasionally this may also appear on white and oriental skin,” read a statement on the website of the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.
When these fleshy moles pop up on a woman or man of African descent, the skin condition is called dermatosis papulosa nigra, according to doctors. These moles and spots commonly appear on the face, but they can also be found on the neck, chest, and back.
Famous blacks like former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and A-list actor Morgan Freeman have these skin tags on their faces. Though the skin tags can be considered unsightly, they are benign growths that are not harmful to a person’s health. There can also be surgically removed.
“One can have them removed cosmetically by your dermatologist,” said Amy McMichael, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Dr. McMichael was recently interviewed by MadamNoire.com. She discussed dermatosis papulosa nigra in her interview.
Removing the moles is costly, Dr. McMichael said. “Be ready to pay out of pocket for this as this procedure is not typically covered by insurance. Usually, the dermatologist will numb the lesions and remove them with an electric needle or small scissors,” she continued.
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