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Birthmarks are skin irregularities that are present from birth or shortly after. They are common occurrences that are usually benign and do not require any medical intervention. However, some birthmarks may point to larger skin issues. Moles with certain traits are birthmarks that can signal skin cancer. If you notice a new or irregularly-shaped birthmark, it’s best to get it checked out by a dermatologist.

Café-au-lait spots are flat, oval-shaped birthmarks, while Mongolian spots are grayish-blue spots that look like bruises on the backs and and buttocks of darker-skinned infants. These spots may disappear over time. Salmon patches are common, dark pink vascular birthmarks on the forehead, other parts of the face or the back of the neck, hemangioma looks like a bluish-purple swelling and port wine stains look like splashes of wine on a child’s face. These types of birthmarks do not go away on their own and may grow larger with time.

Treatments include:

  • Surgical excision or shaving

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