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Ageing skin: Lumps, bumps, cysts, moles, and skin tags

Ageing skin: Lumps, bumps, cysts, moles, and skin tags

Posted on March 15th, 2021

Did you know, a single square inch of skin contains around 19 million cells? It’s amazing stuff! And it is constantly renewing itself, forming new cells all the time. However, as we age, this process of cell renewal slows down – the dead cells on the surface of our skin remain for longer, leaving the skin with a dull look and a rough, scaly feel.

In addition, it is fairly common for various kinds of lumps, bumps, and growths to appear. Some are completely harmless, some are not so harmless. And that is why it is so important to regularly check yourself over and see a doctor right away if you spot any changes.

Common skin issues that arise as we age

There are many different types of benign skin growths associated with ageing skin. The most common include seborrheic keratoses which are rough, brownish-black spots; cherry angiomas which are smooth, red-coloured bumps; and sebaceous hyperplasia which are yellow bumps consisting of oil glands.

Cysts, moles, and skin tags can often form over time, and although many are completely benign, some prefer to have them removed for cosmetic reasons. It’s a procedure which is quick, safe, and carried out right here in the YourGP practice.

Caring for ageing skin

The best way to protect your skin is to cover up in the sun and apply a high SPF sun cream. Applying a moisturiser regularly will help to prevent ageing skin becoming too dry, as will maintaining a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water.

When to seek help

Those who have had extensive sun exposure are at greater risk of developing pre-cancerous skin growths, known as solar keratoses, and skin cancers.

A cancerous mole can grow rapidly if left untreated so ensure you check your body regularly and familiarise yourself with the potential warning signs:

  • Irregular borders
  • Irregular colours
  • Irregular shapes

Act fast

If you’re worried about any changes to your skin, it is always best to seek expert medical help. The skin experts at YourGP, such as Dermatology Nurse Specialist Polly Buchanan, offer mole checks, teach self-skin examination, and can provide some cryotherapy and topical medical managements. Click here to find out more about the services that Polly offers.

Where further attention is required, they will advise on the next steps, such as testing and removal. Minor skin problems, such as benign cysts, moles, and skin tags, can be treated and removed in the practice by a GP.

An initial consultation will enable the doctor to make a full assessment, discuss treatment and cost with you. The procedure itself can be carried out quickly, at a convenient time for you in our Edinburgh clinic, and sutures will be removed approximately one week later if necessary.

For further details on minor surgery at YourGP CLICK HERE, or email our reception team at or call us on 0131 225 5656 to book an appointment.

The facilities and patient service are second to none. The treatment I received for my eczema was innovative, holistic and most importantly highly effective. My skin has responded to the treatment I was prescribed. I am delighted with the resultant, significant reduction in my symptoms. I was impressed by the caring, sensitive and professional treatment I received. This was in stark contrast to my experience at my usual GP and at private consultations with supposedly eminent and specialist dermatologists. Thank you.

Diane MacL – Edinburgh

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