Yes, Busy Philipps knows she has moles on her face. And yes, she’s quite happy with them. The Freaks and Geeks actress took to Instagram yesterday to share a selfie of her face and neck, which are sprinkled with moles. “I just noticed that I basically have the little dipper on my face in moles,” Philipps writes in her caption. She goes on to explain that she’s received some unwarranted flack for her moles in the past. Exhibit A: She was recently filming a TV show (she doesn’t say exactly which show), and the network told the show’s producers to literally cover up all of her moles. That didn’t sit well with Philipps.

“Do you know that 1. That’s literally almost impossible? 2. Moles covered with makeup look WAY weirder than when they’re natural?” she writes. She says the makeup artist on the show tried to cover up her moles for the first three days of filming. It wasn’t working—per Philipps’ point that moles look weirder covered up—so the makeup artist gave up. But it was pretty insulting, as if the producers were saying, “We ALMOST think you’re pretty, if you just got rid of this major part of what you look like,” Philipps writes. The actress says people on Instagram have made rude remarks about her moles, too. “Occasionally on here people say they hate them or they’re ugly or I should have them removed and it’s so weird to me,” she writes.

Luckily, the actress isn’t letting the trolls bring her down. Her perspective on her moles: “Without them, I think I’d look kind of plain and boring.” And she ends her post with one important note, “And yes, of course I get them checked!” Melanoma—the most dangerous form of skin cancer—can first appear as one or more atypical moles, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. And anyone who has more than 100 moles is at a greater risk for melanoma. Dermatologists recommend that women do a monthly self-exam to look for the ABCDEs (asymmetrical shape, border, color, diameter, evolution), which can indicate a cancerous mole. It’s important to get an annual exam from a dermatologist, too.

It sounds like Philipps is ~very~ on top of skin cancer prevention, and there’s absolutely no reason for people to concern themselves with her moles. Bottom line: Leave Busy Philipps’ moles alone. Thanks!

Check out Philipps’ Instagram post below.

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