It’s important to check your skin, preferably on a regular basis. The best time to do this is after a bath or shower in a well-lit room in front of a full-length mirror.
You can use a hand-held mirror to look at areas that are hard to see, such as the backs of your thighs. You might get a spouse or close friend or family member to help you with these exams, especially for hard-to-see areas like your back or scalp.
The first time you examine your skin, spend time carefully going over the entire surface. Learn the pattern of moles, blemishes, freckles, and other marks on your skin so that you’ll notice any changes next time. If you look at your skin regularly, you will know what’s normal for you. Be sure to show your doctor any areas that concern you.
Follow the step by step instructions in this gallery to examine your skin: