Date: Mar 2017
A Fashion for Mole Removal?
- The Roman goddess Venus was often said to have had an attractive mole
- Traditional Chinese fortune telling used moles to make predictions about the bearer’s future
- In medieval Europe, moles were sometimes considered a sign of evil and associated with witches
- Moles became the height of fashion in 17th century France and people started wearing fake beauty marks, often to cover spots or scars
- In 18th century London, the beauty marks were sometimes cut into elaborate shapes such as hearts and stars
- The Victorians were less fond of moles and often tried to cover them up along with freckles
- Early Hollywood stars revived the fashion for moles, with stars like Marilyn Monroe using eyebrow pencils to darken their moles, or even to add them to cover a spot
Did you know?
Most moles are not a cause for concern and present a purely cosmetic problem. However, moles can occasionally undergo changes that lead to them becoming cancerous.
Acne is a common condition characterised by blackheads, whiteheads and cysts. It affects the greasy and hair-bearing areas such as the face, chest and back.