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Becker’s Nevus

Becker's Nevus on the back

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Actor, Richard Gere, has it all – the dashing good looks, the bankable acting talent, the fame, the fortune, the…Becker’s Nevus? Yes, he really does have it all, even a rare skin disorder! First documented in 1948 by U.S. dermatologist, Samuel William Becker, a Becker’s Nevus generally first appears as an irregular pigmentation of the shoulders or upper chest, which gradually enlarges and becomes thickened and often hairy. No treatment is usually necessary, except for cosmetic reasons. However, it’s worthy of note that Richard Gere has never concealed his Becker’s Nevus during movie love scenes. In An Officer and a Gentleman he felt comfortable enough to frolic around shirtless with Debra Winger and show the whole world his ‘hairy birthmark’. So if he doesn’t have a problem with it…

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I have this condition since i was 12-13 years old, it started just below my chest area and before i knew it, it was all over me, it cover most of my upper torso and 50% of my back. I am now 33 years old and i really don't want to die with this thing. I have a son now and i really don't want him to feel embarrassed for me when he's older.i never take off my shirt, even people that know me for 20 years don't know how my body looks without a shirt. My wife says she doesn't mind etc but i think she would prefer if i didn't have this bs on me.Also when im in the sun it burns.... and i live on an island with 350 days of sun..great eh ?





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Is Beckers Nevus treatable? I think I've had this weird growth for a good 10 years I can't take my top off and i always feel embarrassed. I tried waxing, veeting and shaving (awkwardly) is there anyway to get rid of it?





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I noticed this "sunburn" when I was around 12-13 years old, I didn't think much of it cuz it appeared about a month after I went body shots with a friend (body shots is a short exchange of fists only to the body). I had a few bruise marks that look like hickies, but they mostly faded away within a week. A few weeks later is when this stupid "sunburn" started showing. It really plummeted my self esteem; I was an athlete and always had my shirt off especially cuz it's hot in the valley. By high school, it started growing a little hair and over time I never wanted to take my shirt off, even in the locker rooms I would face away while I changed clothes. I would shave down the hairs and then it would grow back thicker, so I realized I don't want to take my shirt off anymore. I can't even wear certain tank tops, and I look good in those but damn....this BN is some real BS. I'm 21 now, and my gf doesn't mind, and my family don't either, but I do. I workout a lot, but for what? I can't even take my shirt off, I can't go swimming, and people just think I'm weird cuz I "don't like swimming". I used to love doing things like that, but now I wake up every day and see this hairy mark on a large portion of the left side of my chest. I would love to get this laser hair surgery, but I work a minimum wage job and I got bills to pay now. Eventually, i will get this hair removal, but I've been waiting 8-9 years for it and I'm tired of seeing this everyday. I wanna go to the beach, I wanna swim with friends and family, i wanna be able to take my shirt off and not get weird looks, I just wanna be comfortable in my own skin again. And if the mark can't be lightened, I'm gonna get tatted. People without it, or with less severe cases of BN try to tell you that you should be comfortable with it or some bs about embracing it, I say F that, I wasn't born with it and I don't deserve to die with it.





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Hi I'm 19 years old male and i had BN sense i was 13 and its on my right side sholder and an inch down to my arm. I don't remember how it started but all what i can remember is other kids laughing at me when i was at the beach and i did not know why tell my perents notesed a dark thing on my sholder that they thought it was a sun bearn. I kept using sun bearn creams for over a month and nothing chaned expect that it startet to get more hairy. I went to a skin doctor and he explained what was it and the first thing that he said to me was that there is nothing that we can do about the dark color but we can deal with the hair. I kept doing laiser hair removal for about a year once every 2 months and by now the hair is almost gone. The hair was the most embarrassing thing to me. After i had the hair removed i can now take my shirt off and no one gives my that weard looking and seriously im not emberest of my birthmark aney more.





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I'm a Hispanic male and I've had this ever since I can remember.it started very small in my right side shoulder and expanded to half of my rigth side back and most of my rigth side arm.it's very embarrassing to take of my shirt at the beach or pool and to top it off it's hairy.





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Im 25 yesrs old female who had a conditon of beckers nevus on my left leg. I had it all my life it started small and as i grew it got bigger . Now it covers the back of my whole left leg and it looks like its contining to grow. I went to dermatologist in 2004 and they said its wss nothin i can do but live with it. Im subconscious about wearing short or dresses . It extremely hairy so im always shaving it more than any other place on my body. .that was one opinion is there anything I can do to help it or change it. Plus its itches alot and its real dark in color almost black.





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I've had becker's nevus since I was 10. I noticed it after a vacation at the ocean. Months after my vacation i noticed a "sunburn" on my left shoulder that wouldnt go away. Had it checked out and was diagnosed with BN.





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Hi, my son has the same condition when he was 10 on his right shoulder. Similarly, the BV develops right after the vacation at the ocean. Ever since, the condition spread slowly and he is now 14. The skin has darken over the years. Have you managed to contain the BV, if yes, what have you done so far to treat them. Hope for your reply.

hey I am 21yrs male from Kathmandu,Nepal.i have this becker`s nevus kind of things on my left shoulder.i don`t exactly really remember the first appearance of it but as I passes my age and on my late 20`s I seriously noticed it.After that I firstly consulted with skin doctor and they explained me about this things.





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I dont wanna die with bexker nevus.





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Hey I'm 24 year old black female living with Becker's nervus mole. I had it at age of 5 Yeats old it started out small than got bigger as I got older It itchy and it look like a bunch.of moles side by side .it gets hairy so I shave the leg more. Its located on my left leg just on the back of the leg ..it covers my entire back leg.it really dark in color it's black n my skin tone is brown skin. I always been self conscious of myself cause I.never like wear clothes to show my legs. I wear pants all the time. Never like to explain Wat it is so I never show the world just fee people like mate,family n close friends. I went to dermatologist at 15 to do a biopsy to check n make sure it isn't cancerous. It'd not but it nothing I can do about but live with it. Its going to continue to grow





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