Birthmarks and Blemishes

Frequently asked questions

How can I prevent blemishes? Plus Icon

Preventing blemishes involves adopting a consistent skincare routine and making certain lifestyle choices to reduce factors that contribute to their development.
Here are some tips to help prevent blemishes:

  • Keep your skin clean: Wash your face twice a day using a gentle cleanser to remove dirt, excess oil, and impurities that can clog pores. Avoid over-washing or using harsh cleansers that can strip away natural oils and irritate the skin.
  • Moisturise regularly: Use a non-comedogenic moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated without clogging pores. Proper hydration helps maintain a healthy skin barrier and can prevent excess oil production.
  • Use non-comedogenic products: Choose skincare and cosmetic products labelled as non-comedogenic or oil-free, as they are less likely to clog pores and contribute to blemishes.
  • Practice gentle exfoliation: Regular exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells and unclog pores. Use a gentle exfoliating scrub or a chemical exfoliant containing ingredients like salicylic acid or glycolic acid, but avoid excessive scrubbing or harsh exfoliation methods that can irritate the skin.
  • Avoid picking and squeezing blemishes.
  • Stress: Stress can contribute to hormonal imbalances and inflammation, which can worsen blemishes. Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as practicing relaxation techniques, exercising, getting enough sleep, and engaging in activities you enjoy.

Are birthmarks hereditary? Plus Icon

Yes, some birthmarks can be hereditary, meaning they can be passed down from parents to their children.
The inheritance pattern and likelihood of passing on a birthmark depend on the type of birthmark.

Do birthmarks change over time? Plus Icon

Yes, birthmarks can change over time, although the extent and nature of these changes vary depending on the type of birthmark.
Some birthmarks may noticeably change, while others may remain relatively stable. A few common ways in which birthmarks can change:

  • Size: Birthmarks can grow or shrink in size over time. This growth or regression may occur gradually or in spurts, especially during infancy or adolescence. The rate and extent of growth depend on the type of birthmark.
  • Colour intensity: The colour of a birthmark can deepen or fade over time. Pigmented birthmarks may darken or become more pronounced initially and then lighten as a person ages. Vascular birthmarks, like port wine stains, may become darker or more raised with time.
  • Texture: Some birthmarks may change in texture.
  • Shape and borders: The shape and borders of a birthmark can evolve over time. Birthmarks may become more defined, with clearer outlines, or they may exhibit irregular or jagged borders. It’s important to note that not all birthmarks experience significant changes, and the specific changes observed can vary widely.

What is the difference between a birthmark and a mole? Plus Icon

A birthmark and a mole are two distinct types of skin markings that can have different characteristics and origins.

A birthmark is a skin abnormality or discolouration that is present at birth or appears shortly after birth, whereas a mole is a common type of skin growth that appears as a small, pigmented spot on the skin. They are typically round or oval-shaped and can range from small dots to larger, more prominent spots.

The colour of a mole can be tan, brown, black, or even pink, and some moles may have a raised or flat surface.
Most people have them and they’re usually nothing to worry about unless they change size, shape or colour.

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