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How Do I Hide Skin Moles?

Erik J.J. Goserud
Erik J.J. Goserud

Skin moles are a very natural occurrence that, in reality, have little reason to hide underneath aesthetic masks. Unfortunately, society, in its superficial tendencies, has come to view skin moles as a negative aspect of physical appearance. Although some are more insecure in having moles than others, for those trying to hide their appearance, there are many ways to do so. Among the most common are makeup, clothing, or removal of moles.

Moles are basically a collection of semi-irregular skin cells differing in color from others on the body. Other than their aesthetically compromising look, moles can also have serious health implications. Sometimes, they can be a sign of malignant cancer, and if allowed to metastasize or spread, can potentially be deadly. Most doctors and dermatologists recommend regular checkups to help keep potential health problems from developing.

A skin mole.
A skin mole.

Depending on location, clothing may be the best way to cover up moles. Not only is this cheap, but clothes can also appear natural and unintentional. A few moles on an arm, for example, may be hidden with a strategic sleeve here or a bracelet there. Garnering a wardrobe that can hide skin moles can be an effective tool for an insecure person.

If clothes don't seem like a viable option, or if a mole is in an unclothed area, makeup can do the trick. Applying makeup can be cumbersome, time-consuming, and expensive; therefore, most people do not opt to go this route. Changing your complexion to help moles blend in is very effective but comes at the cost of potential skin damage. If you have moles, you are probably fair skinned and susceptible to skin cancer, so try to avoid this otherwise appealing method of covering up skin moles.

Flat skin mole.
Flat skin mole.

One of the best options for hiding skin moles is to have them removed altogether. Mole removal is permanent, and not only does this process remove the unwanted growth from sight, but it also decreases the chance of any type of cancer existing on that particular mole. The only side effects of this process are medical costs and potential scarring. Scars can often be more disfiguring than the original mark, so examine all options before agreeing to removal.

A raised mole.
A raised mole.

Moles can be dangerous and, in some opinions, unattractive. If you are the type of person sensitive to the looks of your moles, try one of these options for covering them up. The best cover up of all, however, may be to become comfortable in your own skin and stop the mental labor of worrying about looks.

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I have a mole on my left hand on my ring finger I was very conscious about it there wasn't really anything I could do to hide it because it was my ring finger and people would have probably thought I was mad if I wore a ring on it.

Instead, I tried to hide it under my sleeve but when that never worked I left it and realized that no one seemed to notice it or pointed it out.


I had one oddly shaped mole on my face that felt rough to the touch and looked like a slightly raised freckle. It was right in front of my ear. This was convenient, because I could always hide it with my hair.

I probably would have gone on hiding it like this forever if my mom hadn't noticed it and pointed it out to my doctor. The doctor said that it did look abnormal, so she sent me to a plastic surgeon to have it removed.

I could actually hear him slicing it as I lay on the table. He made small talk to keep me from freaking out.

It turned out not to be cancerous, and it left a red scar for many months that was harder to hide than the mole had been. I guess it is always better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to skin cancer.


@JackWhack – I used to have a mole on my face that had a single hair coming out of it. I always plucked it out, but the mole itself really bothered me, because it was on my chin and very noticeable.

I finally talked my mom into letting me have it removed when I was fourteen. The doctor just deadened the area and cut it right off, and I got to go home right away.


I think that some moles can blend in with your skin better than others. I have a few on my arms that just look like big freckles, and they match the actual freckles scattered here and there.

The only ones that stand out are the ones that have hair growing out of them. I have one of these on each arm, and I have started plucking out the hair every time that it grows back. This makes the moles much less conspicuous.


I have a skin mole right in the middle of my wrist on the back side, and I used to be really self-conscious about it in high school. I started wearing this thick rubber bracelet with a charm on it to cover the mole up.

I wore it every day, the way that most people wear watches. I considered getting a watch, but putting it on my right wrist just seemed backward.

I stopped worrying so much about the mole in college. I had other things to worry about, and I started forgetting to even wear the bracelet. When I noticed that no one had stared at the mole or pointed it out to me, I realized that it probably wasn't even a big deal.

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      A skin mole.
    • Flat skin mole.
      Flat skin mole.
    • A raised mole.
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      A raised mole.
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      Woman with a mole above her upper lip.
    • Skin moles are sometimes seen as a negative aspect to a person's physical appearance.
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      Skin moles are sometimes seen as a negative aspect to a person's physical appearance.
    • Mole removal can be a permanent solution to hiding skin moles.
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      Mole removal can be a permanent solution to hiding skin moles.
    • Some people choose to have moles removed if they are too hard to cover up.
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      Some people choose to have moles removed if they are too hard to cover up.