Men and women have always have moles. Birthmarks are moles. The stigma of moles has changed throughout history. Ancient Greeks and Ancient Chinese felt facial moles could foretell a person’s destiny. In Medieval Europe moles were a sign of evil. Wives Tale through time denoted fair, smooth and unblemished skin being a beauty sign and trait of good character. From Ancient times to Marilyn Monroe and Cindy Crawford. Both beautiful women with iconic face moles.

Should you remove your skin moles? Skin moles have had unique and common interpretations throughout civilization. Some civilizations have viewed moles has fore tellers of good or bad luck, good character, bad character, good and evil. Roman beauty was a fair unblemished complexion. In the 1950s Marilyn Monroe’s mole symbolized sensuality and beauty. Of course, Marilyn Monroe only had one noticeable mole.

Ancient Greeks
The Ancient Greeks believed moles foretold a person’s destiny. A mole on the cheek meant great future wealth.

Classical China
Moleomancy a practice in Classical China. Moles were respected. Divination based placement (wealthy spots), size and color of moles. Each facial mole indicates corresponding mole on another part of the body. Facial moles location and color can indicate if a person is lucky or unlucky. Visible moles served as warning or bad omens. Hidden moles were omens of good luck and fortune.

Ancient Rome
Fair and unblemished skin in Ancient Rome was a sign of beauty. Problematic skin conditions were skin tags, moles, freckles and blemishes. Fading methods for moles and freckles were ashes made from snails. Moles and birthmarks were more acceptable than skin blemishes.

Medieval Europe
Edicts of the church in Medieval Europe felt birthmarks and mole was where the devil entered the body. Ecclesiastic edits interpreted moles and birthmarks signs of demonic possession.

The Renaissance
Location of the birthmark could determine if someone would be good spouse, merchant and etc.

16th Century Europe
Pseudoscience described every facial mole has having a corresponding birthmark location in another location on the body. The mole with interpretation of the corresponding birth mark could determine the person’s character. A person with a mole on their nose bridge supposedly had a corresponding birthmark on his or her right thigh. The interpretation was that, this person was of good mood and was due for bountiful inheritances.

18th Century Western Europe
18th Century Western Europe mouches (flies) were the fashion of the day. Mouches made to look like beauty marks were a popular women makeup. Men in royal courts also wore mouches. Designers elaborated on designs as the mouches became more popular.

America 1860s
Abraham Lincoln had a mole on his right cheek. Fine features and smooth skin were considered traits of heroes and heroines. Fine features and smooth skin denoted good character traits. Folklore denoted moles, blemishes with negative characteristic. In modern times, Abraham Lincoln’s mole represents strength and character.

The Victorian Era
Phrenology is the science of using human head to determine character traits. Spendthrifts were determined if there was a mole on the left side of the forehead. Conversely, a mole on the right side of the forehead was determined to be intelligent and competent person.

The 1950s were a time of repressed sexuality. Marilyn Monroe was the sex goddess of the 1950s. Marilyn Monroe had a mole on the left side of her face. Slightly above her mouth. Marilyn’s mole incorporated into her branding represented sensuality. Women for decades to follow would draw small moles to enhance their sexual appeal.

1980s and 1990s
Cindy Crawford has a mole on top of her lip. Cindy Crawford mole is iconic in beauty and fashion world today.

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