Moles are darker spots on the skin made up of melanocytes, which are the cells that produce pigment in the skin. Unlike freckles, which are smooth, moles can be raised or flat and are common in people of all different skin and hair colours.
Most moles tend to appear on the skin during early childhood and may change slightly as the years go on. If members of your family tend to have moles, it’s likely that you will too, as genetics play a big role in skin pigmentation. However, your upbringing may have an effect as well, particularly if you spent a lot of time in a sunny climate as a child.
Although it’s essential to keep an eye out for changes, most moles are a completely harmless form of skin pigmentation. Some people may choose to have them removed for cosmetic reasons, but this is a personal preference. The majority of people embrace their moles as a reflection of their individuality.