Cherry Angioma: The Difference Between Red Moles and Black Moles

Generally, two types of moles can appear on the skin, Red Moles (Cherry Angioma) and Black Moles. Black Moles are very common, and almost everyone has them, so what is the difference between the two types of moles?

Black Moles

The common dark brown/black moles are formed by clusters of cells on the skin. These cells are called melanocytes, and the melanin from these cells causes the colour and pigmentation of the mole.

Red Moles

Red moles, or cherry angiomas, are circular or oval-shaped red spots on the body that appear due to the overgrowth of capillaries. These are non-cancerous and are formed due to the presence of blood vessels. These moles are typically very small and are often smooth and even on the skin’s surface, but sometimes they can be slightly raised. The common areas for the appearance of these red moles are the torso, legs, shoulders, and arms.


The exact causes of Cherry Angioma are unknown – some experts believe them to be due to a genetic factor whilst many believe they are formed due to the growth of capillaries on the skin. Red Moles on the body can also be linked to exposure to some chemicals, or they can appear due to hormone changes such as during pregnancy. Cherry angiomas are most common in adults aged 30 years or above.


Cherry Angioma are benign (non cancerous), although some people may wish to remove these moles for cosmetic purposes.

Following are the techniques and methods that are most commonly used the removal of red moles:

The first procedure used for the removal of cherry angioma is electrocauterization. In this treatment, the red moles are burned using an electric current which is passed through a tiny probe. This is a safe procedure, and this technique’s recovery time is also very quick.

Cryosurgery uses liquid nitrogen to remove red moles. Liquid nitrogen is sprayed on the moles for at least 10 seconds, and the extreme coldness from the liquid nitrogen will freeze the moles, causing them to scab over and eventually fall off. This procedure is relatively quick and typically only requires one sitting to remove the red moles completely. The aftercare of this surgery is very simple, and nothing extraordinary needs to be done to care for the skin.

Laser Surgery:
In this treatment, pulsed dye laser (PDL) is used to eliminate the red moles on the skin. The laser emits heat to burn and remove the mole. This is also an easy and quick procedure but you may need two to three sessions depending on the quantity and size of your moles.

Shave Excision:
Shave Excision is a small invasive procedure in which a small cut is made on the skin to remove the red moles. This procedure is best for small moles, and there is no need for stitches or any sutures. Your skin will automatically heal, and you won’t be needing any extra care for it. This option is also great because there are very few chances of scarring.


Red moles, or cherry angioma are fairly common. You may become concerned if they appear due to their different appearance to black moles, but these are harmless and non cancerous. As mentioned above, red moles can be removed via multiple different methods if they are impacting your confidence and you wish for them to be removed due to cosmetic reasons.

If you would like to learn more about our Mole Checking services, or have any concerns with a mole on your body that has recently appeared, or changed shape, size or colour, we encourage you to contact our experts. Here at Everything Skin Clinic, our Consultant Dermatologists have many years of experience in Mole Checking and can inspect, and suggest a treatment plan that is tailored specifically to you. We welcome you to get in touch with us today or give our experts a call on 0161 509 1294.


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