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For years I've heard pulling hairs from moles was somehow "bad." I never heard of any consequences. I'd just heard it was "bad." Has anyone else heard of this? Because my girlfriend hadn't [Smile]

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Why would you pull hairs off of this little guy?

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I've never heard of it. I have a mole that has one little black hair that is constantly growing back. I always pull it and nothing has happened to me...

guru "but that would explain why the third arm started growing from the mole" wan2b

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Well I couldn't find anything from googling "pulling hair from moles" or "pulling hair" and "moles".

But I did manage to find this webpage that says that hairy moles are normal, and it actually advises you to pluck it if the hairs are unsightly.

And RangerDog, YOMANK. [lol]

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I have hundreds of moles all over my body, but only one has a hair growing out of it. The hair is black (probably from the pigment of the mole) so I pluck it, and nothing's ever happened. It just grows back.

Aside from that and the Lone Black Chin Hair, all the rest of my body hair is blonde.

I have no idea where the Lone Black Chin Hair comes from. It's rather coarse and thick compared to my normal body hair, and tends to resist plucking.

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Ooh, I can pluck them then? I have three or four moles (including one on my face, urgh) that are hairy, but I've always trimmed due to skin-cancer fear. Why I think pulling the hairs out should cause the mole to go cancerous I've got no idea.

Tattoo artist often avoid tattooing over moles as well, probably for the same irrational fear that stops me pulling hair out of 'em.

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quote:
Originally posted by Cervus:

I have no idea where the Lone Black Chin Hair comes from. It's rather coarse and thick compared to my normal body hair, and tends to resist plucking.

I have one of those, too. All the other hair on my face is of the downy soft, blonde variety, except for that "grandma" hair. It irritates me to no end.

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Well according to my esthetics textbook, "Hairs in moles are common and should not be removed." It does not state why but I have also heard it has something to do with changing the internal structure of a mole. I guess we don't learn anything more in depth about it because we are not supposed to do anything with them. However, it is something we need to know to be licensed for esthetics in the state so there must be a reason. I do hair removal and I never touch hairs in moles.

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I too have heard this advice, but have always ignored it. I have a mole that I do pluck a hair from whenever it grows back, and have never suffered any consequences.
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quote:
Originally posted by moonlight:
Well according to my esthetics textbook, "Hairs in moles are common and should not be removed." It does not state why but I have also heard it has something to do with changing the internal structure of a mole....

Hmmm... Interesting.

Darn. I hate it when we're told "something bad will happen" but we're not told what the bad thing is.

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In my "Dictionary of Superstitions" aside from the "where the mole is located" having an effect (much like those "Wednesday's baby is..." things)... it says:

"Hairs that grow out of facial moles are especially lucky and should not be removed."

It mentions a Scottish tradition that "a mole above the breath" (meaning above the mouth) is evidence that the person concerned is a witch.

I pluck mine- they're ugly enough without that nasty hair sticking out of them. I, too, have that one single chin hair thing as well. I think they issue those to us when we achieve some womanly achievement in adulthood.

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Every time I pluck out a mole hair, one from the top of my head is sucked in to replace it... That MUST be what's happening...

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quote:
Originally posted by WonkoTheSane:
Every time I pluck out a mole hair, one from the top of my head is sucked in to replace it... That MUST be what's happening...

Wonko

Wonko! Nice to see you make an appearance! You've been scarce lately, how are things going? [Smile]

Back on topic though...

I have one mole on my body that gets about three darker hairs that grow out of it on ocassion. It's near the crook of my left elbow, and I've been plucking the three hairs out for years now. My mole still looks the same, it hasn't gotten any bigger, and I haven't died yet. [Big Grin]

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Are we talking about a furry rat Mole

or the mole from your body Mole?? [Confused]

quote:
Originally posted by RangerDog:
Why would you pull hairs off of this little guy?

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quote:
Originally posted by Joseph Z:
Are we talking about a furry rat Mole

or the mole from your body Mole?

My original query was about the belief that pulling hairs from moles on your body is bad for you.

It would probably be bad to pull hairs from a furry rat mole -- but only on an ethical level.

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I have one on my neck, but there is no sign of hair growing from it. I heard that if you "cut" a mole or make it bleed, that will give you cancer.
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quote:
Originally posted by Laura......The one with the rage:
I heard that if you "cut" a mole or make it bleed, that will give you cancer.

If true, that'd mean bad news for a nasty girl I went to school with. [Big Grin]

...

Unfortunately it would also mean bad news for me.

Now I'm all conflicted.

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If the mole is irregular looking and bleeding on its own. I think it may be a sign of cancer. So maybe that's where the myth comes from. I have pulled a many mole and bled and I haven't died yet.
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Is there a dermatologist in the house? [Wink]
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According to e-medicine, cancerous growths may be mistaken for moles.
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I have a mole that grows SEVERAL hairs - there is almost no day that goes by that at least one of them is long enough to pluck. I have been plucking for over 15 years and the mole has not changed at all.

A dermatologist once told me that the moles with hairs are actually the "safe" ones - not likely to get cancerous.

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quote:
Originally posted by Cervus:

I have no idea where the Lone Black Chin Hair comes from. It's rather coarse and thick compared to my normal body hair, and tends to resist plucking.

I used to have one of those--it takes awhile for it to completely disappear, but the Tweezers of Death proved to be too much in the end.

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quote:
Originally posted by Cervus:

Aside from that and the Lone Black Chin Hair, all the rest of my body hair is blonde.

I have no idea where the Lone Black Chin Hair comes from. It's rather coarse and thick compared to my normal body hair, and tends to resist plucking.

I feel you on that Cervus. I have the opposite color problem though. My hair is naturally so black it almost looks blue and I have a very lonely very blonde single strand of hair that pops out of my chin and has so far kept coming back despite repeated tweezing. Blah.
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I thought moles were just like freckles just with hair and a dermatologist could remove the offending character from your skin with a simple surgery.

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quote:
Originally posted by Laura......The one with the rage:
I have one on my neck, but there is no sign of hair growing from it. I heard that if you "cut" a mole or make it bleed, that will give you cancer.

I was quite young when the first big skin cancer scare thing hit the news, and out of childish paranoia managed to scratch a mole right off my arm! The skin there is slightly dark and shiny but 20 years on I'm still healthy...

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quote:
Originally posted by Laura......The one with the rage:
I have one on my neck, but there is no sign of hair growing from it. I heard that if you "cut" a mole or make it bleed, that will give you cancer.

If that was true, I don't think my dermatologist would've biopsied those two moles on my back - a procedure that involves both cutting and bleeding (and really itchy scabs too, unfortunately).

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