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Beauty marks have faded in an out of style over the centuries. Faux beauty marks were once outlawed in Britain, but modern starlets have brought them back to mainstream popularity. Some people draw on fake ones, and other people cover up real ones. Should you be worried about your health if you have a beauty mark?

Understanding Beauty Marks

Beauty marks are moles. Moles are an overgrowth of skin cells, and they are usually a darker color than the rest of your skin. Cancer is also an overgrowth of cells anywhere in the body.

All beauty marks are not necessarily cancerous, but there are dangerous signs to look for.

Know Your ABCs

To know the difference between a benign mole and skin cancer, dermatologists have come up with an acronym: Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter, Evolving. A benign mole is symmetrical, has a clear border, is one color, is small in diameter, and doesn’t grow. Benign moles usually remain the same size, shape, and color.

Malignant moles are asymmetrical, have fuzzy borders, are multicolored, are large in diameter, and will change in appearance over time. As far as size, benign moles are usually smaller than the eraser of a standard pencil, and malignant moles are usually larger.

What To Do

If your beauty mark is concerning, visit a dermatologist. Skin cancer is usually easy to treat and not deadly if it is detected early. Benign moles can appear at any time, so a beauty mark that hasn’t been there from birth is not always a cause for concern.

If you have a natural beauty mark, the most important thing to remember is that you’re beautiful. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Love the skin you’re in, and stay happy and healthy!