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Finding a red mole on your body can be a cause for alarm but mostly it’s nothing to worry about. These red skin growths can occur anywhere on the skin and can have the appearance of bright cherry-red bumps.

The red color in these moles usually comes from the cluster of blood vessels that build up near the skin’s surface. The most common type of red moles is cherry angiomas which are sometimes called Campbell De Morgan spots or senile angiomas.

They usually grow on the trunk area and increase in number with age.

The good news is that red moles are usually harmless growths; however, you should always have any kind of new growth on your skin checked out by a doctor.

In this article, you will find out about the most common types of red moles and what you can do about them. In general, doctors don’t recommend to try and remove red moles by yourself as they need to be checked by a dermatologist first.

Dermatologists use a variety of methods to get rid of red moles including freezing them, removing them using laser, or cauterizing them.

Many people have successfully removed harmless moles at home using ingredients such as apple cider vinegar (ACV) or food grade hydrogen peroxide and you will find out how to do it towards the end of the article.

What Are Red Moles?

Most types of red moles are classed as benign skin growths with the most common being cherry angiomas. According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, red moles are formed by dilated blood vessels that form into a growth.

Red moles can be of various shapes and sizes. Dr. David Swanson on MedlinePlus says that some red moles can range from the size of a pinhead to about one-quarter of an inch. Depending on the number of blood vessels involved, the head can be smooth or stick out from the skin.

Some other types of red moles are called actinic keratosis which are caused by exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays and should be monitored more closely.

Let’s look a bit more closely at the various kinds of red skin growths that can appear on your body. We will then look at when red moles need to be removed and how to remove them.

The Different Types of Red Moles and What Causes Them

Different types of red moles, red skin tags, and skin growths affect many people. Here are the main types of red moles that can grow on your body.

Cherry angiomas

Cherry angioma (also known as Campbell De Morgan spot or senile angioma) is a cluster of blood vessels just under the skin’s surface that can cause red moles. As their name suggests, cherry angiomas are bright red like a ripe cherry.

According to the Primary Care Dermatology Society, cherry angiomas or Campbell De Morgan spots commonly affect the upper torso and are more common in people over the age of 40. Depending on the way the blood vessels cluster together, the moles can also be blue or purple, not just bright red.

It’s not just your trunk area that cherry-red angiomas can affect. The journal Case Reports in Dermatology says that cherry angiomas also cause red papules to occur on the scalp. These can also itch and may bleed if scratching them damages the skin’s surface.


It is not known what causes senile angiomas or cherry angiomas. However, doctors know that there are some factors that can increase the number of cherry-colored skin lesions. For example, it is known that red moles occur in middle-aged people more often than in younger people.

Doctors from the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology say that pregnancy can increase the number of red-colored angiomas on the upper body. However, if you have many red bumps on your skin, it could be one of the signs of liver damage.

Some researchers have found a link between exposure to bromides and the appearance of cherry angiomas. The journal Dermatology reported that two lab technicians who were exposed to compounds containing bromide developed a number of cherry angiomas on their trunks. Bromide has been used in some medications and for scientific purposes.

Actinic keratosis

Some types of reddish-colored moles can be caused by too much exposure to the sun. Actinic keratosis is characterized by red skin growths that have a wart-like surface on the nodule.

Doctors from the Mayo Clinic say that some of the other symptoms of actinic keratosis are itching or burning around the skin growth, the growth has a hard surface, and the skin lesion is a red, pink, or brown color. Actinic keratosis can become cancerous and it’s important to have any red, hard skin growths checked out by a doctor.

Spitz nevus

Spitz nevus is another type of red mole that looks like a dome-shaped red bump on the skin. The most common places for Spitz nevi red nodules to grow are on the limbs and face.

Dermatologists from DermaNet New Zealand say that Spitz nevi are similar in appearance to melanoma. However, unlike melanoma growths, Spitz nevi are benign. Because they are similar to cancerous skin growths, you should always have a qualified dermatologist check out the red moles.

Apart from affecting the upper trunk, the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology says that red Spitz nevi moles can also affect the neck, and arms. The red moles can become itchy and bleed if the surface of the skin bump is broken.

How to Prevent Red Moles

Red moles like cherry angiomas and Spitz nevi are not always preventable. As I already mentioned, cherry angiomas are mainly connected with getting older and some pregnant women also develop them. However, according to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, a large number of red moles in the form of cherry angiomas or spider angiomas are connected with liver damage in some people.

Your liver plays an important function in your body and it’s important to keep your liver in good health. This helps to keep your blood healthy and free of toxins.

It’s important to prevent red moles and skin growths that are connected with sun damage. Actinic keratosis can lead to skin cancer and you should always keep your skin protected in strong sunshine. If a red mole that’s associated with actinic keratosis starts to grow or bleed, you should have a doctor look at it as soon as possible.

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