Beyond the Story


Stork marks, also known as telangiectatic naevi, are a commonly occurring impermanent birthmark, found in newborn babies. It is a flat, pink to salmon, irregular shaped mark which is most commonly found on the forehead, eyelid, and nape of the neck,but which may also occur on the ear, upper lip, and under arm. It is most pronounced at emotional periods, especially when babies cry.

Birthmarks, which have no known causes, are naturally occurring skin blemishes that occur at the time of birth, or shortly after birth. Although they affect one in three people, they do draw a large amount of undesirable attention. Birthmarks occur in a variety of shapes, and sizes, with stork marks being the most common of the bunch.

Stork marks, which derive their name from the myth that newborns are delivered to families by storks, are a result of a development of capillaries in the cuticular capillary plexus, or in other words, a collection of tiny blood vessels under the skin’s surface.

It is not odd for new parents to become concerned by the obvious and oddly positioned birthmark that are stork marks, but these birthmarks need not worry parents. Stork marks, which occur in up to forty percent of infants, fade within twelve months of life, and most often, within the first six months, although rare cases of stork marks lasting up to two years do exist.

Since stork marks are temporary superficial blemishes, and do not carry risks or complications, they do not require treatment. However, some parents are conscious about stork marks and other birthmarks, and use camouflage makeup such as Covermark, and Demoblend to conceal the marks, especially when its location is under scrutiny. Laser treatment, however, is never recommended for this minor, but common form of birthmark, since it is both unnecessary, and unhealthy.

There is no need to worry over stork marks when they are discovered in infants, because they are commonly occurring, temporary that pose no threat. Some parents, though, may be inclined to conceal the imperfections. Where this is the case, irritant-free concealers are recommended.

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