Conduct a monthly skin self-exam at home to document the moles on your body so that you can easily detect changes or causes for concern.
It’s important to check your skin for suspicious moles once a month and report anything unusual to your health care professional. Remember the ABCDE rule: Asymmetry (one half of the mole doesn’t match the other), Border irregularity, Color that is not uniform, Diameter greater than 6 mm — (about the size of a pencil eraser), and Evolving size, shape or color.
If you notice any CHANGE in size, shape or elevation of a mole, or experience any new symptom such as bleeding, itching or crusting, see your health care professional promptly.
Redness, dark spots, raccoon-like eye circles and uneven skin coloring are all examples of what sun damage can look like on your face and body—but sometimes it might not be quite as noticeable. It’s important to be educated about the various ways sun damage can appear on your skin so you can better protect yourself and know when to consult your health care physician.