My sister has a birth mark- actually, 2 of them. One on the back of her knee that looks like a freckle the size of a quarter, and one on her shin, which is actually discolored skin that looks like a light brown kool-aid stain that travels down her shin onto the top of her foot. My brother has a birth mark as well- a dark spot in his armpit. What is a birth mark exactly, and how do they happen? Are they dangerous? Can they happen later in life after birth? I was curious to find out!
According to Wikipedia, a birth mark is a blemish that is formed on the skin prior to birth. It occurs in 10% of babies as they form in the womb, and is actually not basically hereditary, although some women appear to transfer their birth marks onto their children, for similar “brands” in the family. My cousins are this way- they have the same birth mark on the back of their necks, as their mother does.
A “Strawberry mark” birth mark is a red blemish that shows up on the skin, particularly on the face. It occurs in about 10% of Caucasian babies, but about 1% of Asian and African American babies. Premature babies are more likely to acquire strawberry marks than full term babies, and these marks can show up after birth, about a month later. My cousin was born with one under her eye. It was a bright red, pulpy, soft birth mark that faded to look like a bruised black eye as she aged. She got it surgically removed before the age of five, and you would never know she ever had one.
Strawberry marks (that actually do look like strawberries on the skin), are actually benign overgrowth of blood vessels on the skin, made up of cells that typically make up the lining of the blood vessels. While it is unknown what causes birth marks entirely, it is thought that strawberry marks, at least, are caused by localized imbalance while forming blood vessels in the body. Birth marks are harmless, and not a sign of poor health or a cancer risk, although if they are on the face they can be cosmetically restricting. In these cases (like my cousin), they can be safely removed without issue.
Most people love their birth marks, as they increase their individuality and give them something special just to them. I don’t have any birth marks that I can think of, but my fiance does, right on his luscious ass- a faded brown spot that looks like my sister’s “kool-aid” stain on her leg. I think it’s cute.
people I know with birth marks