Tales from the Dark Side of 30: Beauty Marks

May 27, 2008 at 8:37 am 3 comments

A while back, my friend Tracy (aka Dandelion Mama) sent out a distress call to MBB:

“I have two, um, beauty marks ( I use the term with trepidation, as they are ugly as sin to me) on my right cheek, one near my jaw and one near my hairline- they weren’t always there, but now they are and I HATE them. The stick out like little pencil erasers, and are just skin colored. They make me feel like a wicked, ugly old lady. Or like Lemmy Kilmeister. Is there anything I can do about them? Can they be removed? Are they hereditary? My mom has one on her chin, but it’s dark brown… oh good grief- shoot me now.

From what you describe, it sounds like these beauty marks are skin tags, and are usually benign and easily removed by a Dermatologist.  The downside might be some slight scarring and possibly the return of those tags.  I would consider a trip to the Dermatologist.  My step dad and SIL both had several tags removed from their foreheads and cheeks, and couldn’t believe how easy it was (and that they hadn’t done it years before)!  In many cultures, these skin tags are considered highly prized and beautiful.  Don’t think Lemmy, think of Cindy Crawford and Marilyn Monroe!

If these marks are more like “age spots,” I can send you back to the post about using different topical treatments containing AHA’s, Vitamin C and retinoids (without hydroquinone) and laser treatments.  Using Photo Rejuvenation or light therapy can also be used to effectively treat age spots or hyperpigmentation.  I am actually testing out a home photo rejuvenation device called the Baby Quasar and am really optimistic about using it.  I took some before photos of my face (yikes), and will keep you posted on my experience with it.

Hope some of this information helps and would value any other input from the Council.  Over out!

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jami  |  May 27, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Excellent advice there MBB. I’m very anxious to hear about the results of the Baby Quasar. I know other people don’t notice my melasma, but I sure as heck do and I’d love to find an easy at-home way to help treat the discoloration (without the horror chemicals of the hydroquinone).

  • 2. tracy m  |  May 27, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    That picture of Lemmy is scary!

    As soon as we have a job (and the insurance to go with) I’m heading off to the dermatologist.

  • 3. jen38  |  May 27, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    I posted that picture just for you Tracy! 🙂

    Between that picture of Lem and being called a “poo poo head hair cutter” I bet you are feeling dandy.

    Just know I think you are beautiful, skin tags, potty hair stylist and all!


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