Sunshine, moles and recognisability

Nerd smile  Foreword: 
My thoughts on skin blemishes and moles

beauty spot aka mole


Max Factor’s award-winning
ad campaign
“the beauty spot”

My mother had a mole, ginormous,
in the same place that Marilyn Monroe had hers:
just along the smiling line from nose to corner of mouth,
but my mother’s was on the right-hand side, above her lip. 

My mother’s mole was also raised quite a way above
her skin and was charcoal-coloured, not brown.

She had it removed about 15 years ago.

She did seek advice before removal
e.g. health risks, health benefits, aesthetics,
first impressions, lasting impressions,
opinions, subjectivity, objectivity etc. 
And it was removed by a traditionalist
mole-remover with Chinese medical heritage
– non-surgical. 

The removal process was:

  • Get a Western modern medical science
    diagnosis of potential harm/benefits
    e.g. is it cancerous?
          • Consider the nature of the decision
            i.e. the result is permanent
  • Consider why you would like it removed
    i.e. for yourself or for others? 
    Generally, aesthetics is not
    a good enough reason.
            • Palpation and consideration
              by the specialist
              i.e. the final
              decision is up to him.
  • Finally, if the decision is affirmative, then
    the specialist took a bamboo ‘cocktail stick’
    and together with some specialist medical tonic
    proceeded to poke, jab and prick my mother’s
    large mole to penetrate and enter the interior
    of the mole.  Sounds backwards, right?  Surprised smile
  • Mole scabs over, dries up, needs daily
    attentive after-care by the client with
    special lotion and instructions.
  • Two to three after-care sessions to make
    further determinations and soon the scab
    falls off and the skin heals over.
      • Et voila, blemish-free faceOpen-mouthed smile

The risks of having moles is that the person may become complacent about moles as an indicator of skin cancer.  Nowadays, as we have greater access to improved sun protection lotions and daily moisturisers contain UV filters we are more able to look after our skin from long-term sun damage.  Thank you, God. 


I’m not a sun-worshipper, but my need for sunshine is undoubted.  I even go so far as to say even the type of sun-rays is something I am pedantic about.  I must pick my spot on the beach or by the pool accordingly: by time, location and my current state. 


I didn’t know that before, it was relatively subconscious, but it is a certain feeling and awareness of how certain frequencies of light affect me and my body.  This in turn then affects my mind and overall wellbeing.  It is not psychological, but rather more physiological

It has been proven that sunshine has its benefits and doctors are currently recommending about 20 minutes of sun exposure every day.  This helps boost our manufacture of vitamin D, aids our immune system by helping our blood to purge and detoxify as well as other sensory organs becoming more attuned.

Moles?  I’d rather they were more discreet.  A mole on the face is difficult to get away from and sometimes I just prefer being more incognito than instantly recognizable on a persistent basis. 

My mother used to get remembered just by her mole!  OMG.  I don’t think I could handle that.  I like to have an identity where only those who are ready, willing and able can acknowledge, recognize and deal with me.  Then, perhaps we can work out what sort of wavelengths we’re on!  I’m not so keen on such random and easy memories of me. 

But then again, we’re of a different era, time, place, people and land.  She was of the 1950s when there was an overriding  underlying movement (in Hong Kong) towards more uniformity of being: an aspiration towards a more harmonious way of living, a well-chosen, greater-informed common goal that was greater than the individuals.  To be recognised was quite unique. 

However, I’m of a time and place when to not need to create and carve a name for myself is an improvement of status.


“Mark of Youth”


National Geographic
May 2011
A.R. Williams

<< A sassy little mole like Marilyn Monroe’s has long been associated with beauty.  Now research at King’s College London suggests another connection.  People with more than a hundred moles may age more slowly than others, perhaps resulting in fewer wrinkles and a reduced risk of osteoporosis.

Marilyn Monroe photo
from website
Queens of’s article
Vintage style tip: beauty spots”.

Queens of is “A daily global glossy for vintage lovers”.

Marilyn_Monroe_beauty spot

The reason involves segments of DNA called telomeres, which may shrink over time.  Having many moles indicates longer telomeres.  This helps put off the moment when some cells are no longer able to divide and renew tissues.  It may also make “moley” people – as much as 10 percent of Caucasians – prone to cancers, but the benefits can sometimes outweigh the risk, says lead scientist Veronique Batalille, a dermatologist.  “I tell patients to be vigilant, but consider the positive side of having moles.” >>


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