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Hello Joanna,

I’ve been noticing random red spots appearing on my skin around my abdomen and on my breasts. They look like tiny red freckles. What are they? Are they related to age?

It sounds like you have some cherry angiomas. These are completely normal, usually benign, and nothing to be worried about.

A cherry angioma is a collection of small blood vessels under the skin, which cause little red mole-like spots. They get their name from their color, and usually, when pressure is applied to them, they momentarily turn white. They can appear anywhere on the body, but they are most often found on the chest, stomach and back. And yes, they are associated with age, as they are usually found on people aged 30 and older.

The exact cause of cherry angiomas is unknown, but it is safe to say they are genetic. They have also been linked to pregnancy, exposure to chemicals, certain medical conditions, climate, and vitamin C deficiency.

Over 50% of adults over 30 have cherry angiomas, so you are far from alone!

They are not typically a case for concern unless the spot bleeds often or changes in size, shape or color. In that case, you need to consult your doctor.

You can’t necessarily get rid of these spots, but you can lessen their appearance with some natural remedies including apple cider vinegar, wart removers, and tea tree oil.

NEVER try to cut them off yourself. You can seriously hurt yourself and it could be very dangerous. There are cosmetic procedures you can undergo to permanently get rid of your spots, but these can be very expensive and I don’t recommend them.