Cherry angiomas are common benign skin growths that are made up of clusters of tiny capillaries. They usually start out very small and flat (only a millimeter or two in diameter), and tend to grow larger and rounder over time.
Cherry angiomas range in color from bright red to purple, and can occur anywhere on the body, but typically appear on the trunk. In most cases, they tend to show up after the age of 30, but have been observed in children and young adults.
Since they are composed entirely of blood vessels, they may bleed heavily if cut or injured. These growths are generally harmless, but people may have them removed for cosmetic reasons or if they bleed too much. Removal usually results in minimal scarring.
Common symptoms of cherry angiomas include:
- Small benign growth measuring 1–3 mm, that may enlarge over time
- Typically bright red or purple in color
- May bleed profusely if cut or injured
The exact cause of cherry angiomas is unknown, however they appear to run in families.
Certain cherry angiomas may be sensitive and easily irritated, so it is advisable to use skincare products designed for sensitive skin.
- Use gentle cleansers to keep your skin clean and clear.
- Try to avoid astringents that contain alcohol, which can dry out the skin.
- Make sure to keep the skin adequately hydrated by using a moisturizing cream daily.
- Look for products that are fragrance and allergen free to minimize the chances of irritation.
- Most importantly, make sure to use sunscreen daily to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
Avoid wearing clothing or jewelry that might get caught on a cherry angioma and cause it to rupture.
The safest and most effective methods for removing cherry angiomas are procedures such as electrosurgery, shave excision and pulsed dye lasers (PDL).
- Pulsed Dye Laser
- Shave Excision