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Skin Conditions – Skin Moles and Keloid Scars

I am a people watcher. When I am out I like to look at people. I do not only look at the pretty young ladies, but everyone. I like to look at posture, the way they move, their style of the way they dress and how they interact with others.

I like to watch how people notice me, a white skinned foreigner. Some will acknowledge me looking with a smile, a nod of their head and some even will say hello.

Something I notice here more than I did in the States is 2 skin conditions, skin moles and keloid scars. I have noticed skin moles on many people. In the States we would call them “Beauty Marks.” They were dark brown and slightly raised. Here they are more raised and in many parts of the face. One the nose, cheeks, foreheads and cheeks.  They can be as round and deep as a pea. I have also seen some that are look like a dark “black and blue” mark but under a layer of the skin. Some have hair growth from them where there is no facial hair anywhere else. What I have read while writing this is it is mainly inherited and in most cases do not lead to melanomas. I do find many add to the beauty of a person, I am just writing this for my observation and maybe someone more learned than me, and that is easy to accomplish, will inform me of the reasons. I wondered at times if it was diet that caused this, possibly during pregnancy.

keloid-scarAnother skin condition I have noticed here more than ever before is Keloid Scars. One description I read is they are like a scar that did not stop growing. I have noticed these mostly on the upper arm near an area where a vaccination would be. Was this caused by a vaccination or some minor surmolegery, I do not know. Keloids can be considered to be “scars that don’t know when to stop.” A keloid, sometimes referred to as a keloid scar, is a tough heaped-up scar that rises quite abruptly above the rest of the skin. It usually has a smooth top and a pink or purple color. Keloids are irregularly shaped and tend to enlarge progressively. Unlike scars, keloids do not subside over time. I have also heard many doctors feel if they try to remove them a new one will just grow back.

Since moving here and noticing these skin conditions most often when out, I have always wondered about them, why so many more here than I had noticed in the States, especially Keloids which I do not know if I had ever seen before. Writing my series about Poverty and Survival made me think of these items and cause.

20 Responses to “Skin Conditions – Skin Moles and Keloid Scars”

  1. Evelyn says:

    hi bruce,i am a keloid former and one of my children inherited this.when i get a cut, the scar will protrude..when i had an appendectomy,the doctor made sure that the style of cutting will not form into a keloid..and he also gave me a cream to lessen the bump..

    • Bruce says:

      Evelyn,
      That is good. I wondered why I notice more of these conditions here in the Philippines than I had noticed anywhere else.

      • Al says:

        Maybe you haven’t observed these things because in US you would get sued if you stare at people 🙂 🙂

        • Bruce says:

          Al,
          Do not forget, America has the Sexual Harassment Law where you are guilty and have no way to prove innocence. But so is here with the law for the Protection of Women and Children.

  2. Dan2vero says:

    Hey Bruce,

    I have noticed there a lot of people there with the moles, I guess I really didn’t know why this is, and I guess we still don’t know why…maybe someone here can tell us.
    I have never heard of the scar before ever, will be interested to hear what causes this as well.

    Take care my friend,
    Danny 🙂

    • Bruce says:

      Dan,
      The keloid scar is interesting. There were some information when I searched. I do not remember a cause, I am guessing hereditary.

  3. Riza says:

    You know, that’s a good question, I never really had them and never thought about them until now…my kids don’t either…good thing! Is it because of the kind of blood?

    • Bruce says:

      Riza,
      I too have a brown mole, but it is flat and not enlarged above the level of the skin like I notice here. As long as they are just moles, they just add character to the persons looks.

  4. Riza says:

    Oh, sorry, but I do have red moles…I don’t know why they are red either…can I blog about this too? ^^

    • Bruce says:

      Riza,
      🙂 thanks for letting me know. Go ahead and write about it, maybe have a link to my article from yours.

  5. Stefan Lindholm says:

    I might have gotten melanomas now. I want to check it up before travelling. Not knowing if it is melanomas is the worst. They will cut it away soon and send it for checkup.

    • Bruce says:

      Stefan,
      Being a fair skinned Scandinavian, you need to be careful out in the sun. Remember to use sunblock.

      I hope your biopsy goes well.

  6. rick b says:

    Hey Bruce good subject this and agree with what you say about the frequency here of both of these characteristics being higher here than in the US and the Uk too. My wife has one of those “beauty spots” and sure i agree with you they enhance character in the person. The keloid scars to, unrelated to the moles but again with increasing frequency i have also noticed this. Looking for someone brainy person to give us the answer here…come on brainy guys (or galls) cheers Bruce all the best

    rick

    • Bruce says:

      Rick,
      Unfortunately I was stating some observations without any explanation. I too was hoping as you put it some brainy person to answer this quandary.
      P.S. Miss seeing you at FoM or anywhere in town.

  7. GraySpirit says:

    I had a mole and decided to remove it. I searched the internet and found a site selling a natural mole remover. It was a bit pricey, but thought I’d give it a try.

    LOL … turned out it was a product from the Philippines. Can’t complain though, it worked like a charm. I wonder how much it would cost if I had just waited till arriving in the country and buying it from some pharmacy or drug store.

    • Bruce says:

      GraySpirit,
      It would be funny if once here you find out the product is not avaliable here. Look foward to meeting you if your ever in Davao.

  8. Vicki says:

    Interesting article Bruce. I’m not an expert, nor would I consider myself a “brainy person.” I’ve done a little research because I currently have what’s called a hypertrophic scar (which I thought was a keloid) as a result of a surgical incision (open heart surgery). Like keloids, hypertrophic scars are raised. Unlike keloids, hypertrophic scars are confined to the “margin of the wound.” Apparently, keloids expand beyond the wound site (as shown on the photo in Bruce’s article). According to this article, “keloids typically appear following surgery or injury, but they can also appear spontaneously or as a result of some slight inflammation, such as an acne pimple on the chest (even one that wasn’t scratched or otherwise irritated). Other minor injuries that can trigger keloids are burns and piercings” (http://www.medicinenet.com/keloid/article.htm). Here is another link: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1057599-overview. It’s interesting to note that both articles state that keloids are more common in persons with darker skin and are hereditary. As for moles, I found this article on webmd.com: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/moles-freckles-skin-tags.

    • Bruce says:

      Vicki,
      Thank you for your comment and information. Also thank you for the links. I was hoping someone would add to my content.
      An old wise man, or maybe someone high in business once said “You do not need to know everything, but have people with you who does” or something like that.

  9. mstania25 says:

    hi,,, im a keloid former,,, and i actually have a lot of keloids,, i think i have almost 30 of it big and small,,, i know surgery is not a solution for this,,, my only worries is my children might inherit it,,,

    • Bruce says:

      Mstania25,
      I am sorry you suffer from this condition. I hope they are not a discomfort. I am not sure of the heredity of such a condition.

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