More people are asking to have moles removed and it's not just because of concerns about skin cancer. Why do some people feel self-conscious about their moles, asks Hannah Sander. The average person has around moles. Some have as many as And yet a lot of people have a problem with these "blemishes".
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One of my earliest memories is of complaining to my grandfather about my facial mole. No one else I knew had one, and my brothers and sisters often teased me about mine: a prominent, dark mole right by my mouth. They would actually run after me shouting, "Mole! Terribly clever, right?
A star-nosed mole is surely one of the world's weirdest-looking animals. If you were to come face to face with one, you might think its head had been replaced by a tiny octopus. As the fuzzy little carnivore plows through soggy soils, it bobs its head in constant motion. The mole hunts by bopping its star against the soil as quickly as possible; it can touch 10 or 12 different places in a single second.
Don't call it a birthmark. I hope you read that in LL Cool J's voice. Although the mole that sits a few millimeters to the right of my mouth has been there for years, I wasn't born with it.