Skin moles and sugaring
A mole is an accumulation of pigments, colorants on the skin: melanin and melanocytes. The main danger of performing aggressive procedures, which include hair removal, is possibility of damaging the "bad" mole.
It is important to remember that epilating of moles themselves is a huge no! You need to avoid them during the procedure of hair removal, otherwise you can provoke the development of melanoma - a dangerous oncological disease
What is a "bad" birthmark?
Before performing sugaring on the skin area where moles are located, you need to make sure that they are not dangerous (but still work around them during the procedure). You can use "AECSD" test to see if a mole “good” or “bad”:
• A-asymmetry. You need to draw an axis in the middle of a mole (do not use markers, sharpies, etc., it is enough to draw an imaginary line). A safe one will be symmetrical on both sides. In professional medicine a mole is evaluated with special equipment, which measures its symmetry according to the 12 axes;
• E-edge. A "good" mole will have smooth contours. Uneven edges may indicate the development of melanoma;
• C-color. There is nothing to worry about if a mole has an even color and is single-toned. Changes in color call for additional diagnosis with a dermatologist.
• S-size. Moles, not exceeding 6 mm (0.2 inches) in diameter can be classified as good, otherwise it is better to see a doctor. Damaging a mole increases the risk of developing a tumor.
• D-dynamics. If a mole doesn’t change for a long time ( there is no growth, discoloration, peeling, crusts, bleeding)it doesn’t require additional monitoring or tests.
Epilation around the mole: for or against it?
There is an opinion that a mole is an absolute contraindication for epilation. However, almost every one of us has hundreds of them! The abovementioned statement is valid only in two cases:
• if the birthmark is "bad";
• if hair removal is performed by an inexperienced practitioner.
The main thing to remember is that it's better to visit a dermatologist beforehand and get a specialist's advice before the sugaring procedure.