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Beauty Marks – AKA Moles: A Journey from Witch Trials to Vogue Covers

Close up of a woman's face, with a light coloured mole just above her lipDo you have moles that are causing you to be self-conscious? Read on to learn how Advanced Electrolysis (aka Electrocoagulation or Thermocoagulation) can remove moles!

Beauty marks have a fascinating history. Medically known as melanocytic nevi, these are simply small, slightly raised clusters of melanin or pigment-forming cells in your skin. In the 1600s, beauty marks were sometimes viewed as witch’s marks and could even lead to convictions—yikes! Beauty marks were particularly highly regarded during the eighteenth century and creating false ones became common, often in fanciful shapes such as hearts or stars. They could be purchased as silk or velvet patches known as “mouches” (flies). Fast forward to the 1980s, and we see supermodel Cindy Crawford’s iconic beauty mark gracing the cover of Vogue, epitomizing perfection.

Whether you're looking to embrace or completely erase your mole, electrolysis can help you!

Can I Get Moles Anywhere?

Moles can appear just about anywhere on your face and body. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, most moles emerge before your 20th birthday. Celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Mariah Carey, and Blake Lively proudly sport their beauty marks, making them stand out. If you have a signature mole, embrace your uniqueness!

What If I Want to Remove My Mole?

If your mole’s placement bothers you or if it’s causing any discomfort, electrolysis offers a scar-free removal option (aka known as Electrocoagulation or Advanced Thermolysis) using high-frequency current and a precision probe. This quick and relatively painless treatment doesn't involve blades or scalpels like at the doctor's office.

Pigmented mole with multiple hairs growing out of it. Hairy nevus

What If My Mole Has Hair?

Moles can develop over hair follicles, leading to hair poking up through the mole. Interestingly, having a hair-growing mole often indicates healthy, functioning skin and is usually non-cancerous.

Want to Keep the My Unique Beauty Mark, but Remove the Hair?

If you love your mole but not the hair, we've got great news! Electrolysis can permanently remove hair from your mole using thermolysis to destroy the cells responsible for hair growth. This method ensures that hair will not grow back.

While tweezing will not damage the mole or cause it to become cancerous, if your goal is to have a hair free mole, tweezing can make your hair issue much worse.  Tweezing (or any hair removal method like sugaring or waxing that “plucks the hair by the root”) often activates the dormant hair follicles immediately in the area to start growing.  These dormant follicles would otherwise never grow hair in your lifetime except if you tweeze — and you’ll end up with more hair in and under your mole than if you never tweezed the hair at all.

If you’re really tempted to tweeze that hair, but can’t get in for an electrolysis appointment, cut the hair with scissors or a lipstick shaver.

Why Is My Mole Hair Darker?

Moles consist of pigment-producing cells, which can cause hair growing from them to be darker. Plucking hair can also make it thicker and coarser over time. For managing mole hair, cutting is always best (until you can get in for your electrolysis appointment!)

Photos of mole on a nose before it was removed and 6 weeks after it was removedPreparing for Mole Removal or Hair Removal from a Mole

Thinking about having your mole removed or the hair from your mole removed? As an experienced electrologist with specialized training in treating skin imperfections, I’m here to help! Moles, however, require a bit of extra care. I need a doctor’s note confirming the mole is safe to treat. This precaution is crucial.

Let me share a story: A client came in for hair removal and wanted 2 moles removed. I informed her she needed a doctor’s note first. After visiting her doctor, she discovered that both moles were cancerous—2 different types! They were surgically removed, and she was grateful for the precaution.

Though this has happened only once in my practice, 99.9% of the time, moles are safe to treat. But safety first! If you don’t have a family doctor, no worries (I’ve not had one since 2012 and most of my clients don’t have one either), you can visit a walk-in clinic for a quick check and get the necessary note.

What If I Think My Mole Could Be Cancerous?

If you’re over 20 and notice a new mole larger than a pencil eraser, or if an existing mole changes shape or looks unusual, visit your doctor immediately. This ABCDE rule helps health professionals assess different features to tell a normal mole from skin cancer.

  • A is for asymmetry. One-half of a mole does not have the same shape as the other half.
  • B is for border. The edge of a mole is uneven (irregular). It can look jagged, notched or blurry. The colour may spread into the area around the mole.
  • C is for colour. The colour of a mole is not the same throughout. It could have shades of tan, brown and black. Sometimes areas of blue, grey, red, pink or white are also seen.
  • D is for diameter. The size of a mole is larger than 6mm across, which is about the size of a pencil eraser.
  • E is for evolving. There is a change in the colour, size, shape or feel of the mole. The mole may become itchy or you may have a burning or tingling feeling.

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