Find out what it could mean if a mole has a white spot in it.

I have a mole that has a white (or actually, flesh or cream colored; it’s hard to tell) spot kind of in the center of it.

I’ve been aware of this for several years since I began doing exams of my skin.

My primary dermatologist wondered if it had always been there and examined it more closely with a dermatoscope.

When I said it had always been there since I began doing skin exams, she didn’t seem concerned, but she pointed out that she thought it appeared to be an area of missing pigment. She then said it could be a hair follicle.

When pigment appears to go missing is what can be of concern. What appears to be missing pigment could actually be a change in the color of a portion of a mole.

Shortly after seeing my primary dermatologist, I visited a second dermatology office where I get my serial digital dermoscopy done; I was due for another annual visit.

The dermatology resident said it was a hair follicle after I asked him what the “white spot” in my mole was.

Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.  
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