Facial moles, like moles everywhere on the body, are a type of skin growth on the skin that appears in the first few decades of life. Normal, benign moles are generally round, regularly shaped and often brown in color. Sun exposure causes most moles that develop after birth. From a health perspective, facial moles with hair growth are no different than facial moles without hair growth.
Types of Moles
The American Academy of Dermatology identifies three categories of moles. Congenital moles are moles present at birth. They range in size from small to large. Acquired moles develop after birth as a result of changing skin and increased exposure to sun. Atypical moles are larger than average, atypical in shape and uneven in color. Atypical moles tend to run in families. Facial moles, with or without hair, can fall into any of these categories.
According to the Mayo Clinic, hair can be removed from moles safely and effectively. Home hair removal options include tweezing or cutting the hair with nail scissors. While it is safe to shave hair that has grown from moles, repeated shaving could cause irritation. See a dermatologist before seeking out more permanent hair removal options such as laser treatment. Reputable laser treatment centers will not perform electrolysis on moles with approval from a physician.
While hair removal can be accomplished safely at home, do not attempt to remove moles at home. See a dermatologist to discuss mole removal. Dermatologists will recommend permanent removal of facial moles, with or without hair, if the facial mole is cancerous. Most dermatologists will work with you to remove facial moles for cosmetic reasons including unwanted hair growth. Cosmetic surgeons can also preform mole removal procedures.
Moles can be removed by shave excision or excisional surgery. Shave excision involves using a small blade to cut around and beneath the mole. This procedure is used with small moles and does not require stitches. Excisional surgery involves using a scalpel or sharp punch device to cut out the mole along with a surrounding margin of healthy skin. This procedure requires stitches. Both types of removal are done in a doctor’s office and require a minimal time commitment.
Causes for Concern
Individuals with large congenital moles and atypical moles have a greater risk for developing melanoma. According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, hair growth in moles does not make them any more or less dangerous than moles without hair growth. Familiarize yourself with your facial mole to detect early stages of melanoma.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends the ABCDE method of melanoma detection. A is for asymmetry. An asymmetric mole has sides that do not match. B is for border. Check for uneven, scalloped or notched borders. C if for color. Inspect for changes in color or variety in color. D is for diameter. Most melanomas are larger in diameter than a pencil eraser. E is for evolving. Any change -- in size, shape, color or elevation -- is cause for concern. Make an appointment with a dermatologist immediately if your facial mole exhibits any of these warning signs.