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Are blackheads the same as moles?

Susan Evans
Dermatology
Blackheads are not moles, nor will they ever turn into moles. While blackheads and moles can be similar in appearance, they are caused by very different things. Blackheads are a non-inflammatory form of acne, caused by an accumulation of sebum and dead skin cells that become stuck or clogged inside one of your pores. When the sebum comes into contact with the air it begins to darken, hence the name “blackhead.” Often blackheads can be in place for quite some time before they are detected, and as more and more sebum and cells accumulate, the larger it becomes.

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