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How to Prevent Facial Moles

author image Christopher Godwin
Christopher Godwin is a freelance writer from Los Angeles. He spent his formative years as a chef and bartender crafting signature dishes and cocktails as the head of an upscale catering firm. He has since ventured into sharing original creations and expertise with the public. Godwin has published poetry, fiction and nonfiction in publications like "Spork Magazine," "Cold Mountain Review" and "From Abalone To Zest."
How to Prevent Facial Moles
Adequate protection from the sun is the most important part of preventing facial moles. Photo Credit: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

According to, moles are growths on the skin that usually have a brown or black appearance. Moles are often present at birth, but they can develop later in life, and sun exposure is a common cause. While most moles are not cancerous, all new moles and existing moles should be checked from time to time by a doctor. However, there are some things you can do to prevent the formation of moles on your face and body.

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Step 1

Avoid the sun at the brightest time of the day. According to, you should avoid the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. because ultraviolet rays are at their most intense during that period.

Step 2

Use adequate sunscreen every time you go out in the sun. recommends using sunscreen with a sun protection factor, commonly abbreviated as SPF, of at least 15. Apply 20 to 30 minutes before going out in the sun.

Step 3

Reapply your sunscreen every two hours. This is especially important if you are swimming or playing sports where sunscreen can easily come off. Avoid water or excessive perspiration for 30 minutes after reapplying your sunscreen.

Step 4

Wear a hat or protective headgear when in the sun. Protective headgear should not replace sunscreen, but serve to further protect from harmful UV rays.

Step 5

Buy protective clothing that can block UV rays if you have a history of moles and skin cancer runs in your family. This special clothing can be purchased through a variety of online retailers and specialty stores, and many sporting goods stores have started to carry clothes made of UV-blocking materials as well.

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