Birthmarks are quite common. Statistics say that around one in ten infants are born with some mark on their tiny body. But all of them are not alike. It can be a little mole or a large pigmented part on the skin. Like size, they vary in colors too; some are pink, brown, black or bluish grey. Birthmarks either get formed during gestation or gradually appear within the early months of the infant. Interestingly, these marks are hereditary too, not only regarding the look or size but also in the context of location.
Historically people have always wondered about the origin of these spots which have resulted in the origin of certain folklores or myths all around the world. Some used to view it as the mark of Satan and girls with these spots were even marked as witches at times. However, according to some other lore, birthmarks bring prosperity.
Basically, there are three principal theories across time and culture.
For most people, they will accept the medical theories and explanations when it comes to birthmarks. Science has determined that birthmarks are caused by certain skin abnormalities in connection to the development of our blood vessels. Blood vessel abnormalities cause hyper pigmentation or reddish spots. These are known as vascular malformations and are also known by the following names:
The normal formation of blood vessels creates birthmarks like salmon patches, port-wine spots, venous stains, and numerous kinds of hemangiomas.
Some birthmarks (like the vascular malformation spots) fade away on their own within a few years but may take longer. Other birthmarks need surgery or laser treatments to remove the birthmark or to fade the birthmark. Sometimes the deep moles lead to cancer and other serious health issues. The birthmarks may be removed or lightened for cosmetic or mental health reasons in addition to health reasons.
Moles are common and may increase with age, but only the ones that are present at birth are considered true birthmarks. Birthmarks and even moles are unique as fingerprints and are often used to identify people.
Understand Birthmarks On Babies.