If you have a fair complexion, you may be used to seeing a spray of freckles appear every summer. Some people absolutely love their freckles and are happy to see them show up. In fact, some people who don’t freckle will even draw them in with makeup! But some people prefer the look of an even, un-freckled complexion.
you have some options. There are both home remedies and treatments to remove freckles and brown spots available at our medical spa in Houston.
Freckles are different from other kinds of brown spots, such as age spots. Freckles are not harmful or a risk sign of cancer. Age spots, which are also harmless, are a little different from freckles. Freckles are caused by sun exposure each summer. Age spots, on the other hand, develop from sun exposure over the years and tend to appear in middle and old age. Age spots tend to be significantly larger than freckles. While freckles will usually fade in the winter, age spots usually stay.
If you don’t want to wait until winter for your freckles to fade, there are a few steps you can take to remove them, including at-home remedies and more effective treatments.
Freckles are light brown spots that appear in clusters on the skin. They appear in areas that are exposed to the sun, most often the face, chest, shoulders, arms, ad legs. Freckles are made up of clusters of melanin, a natural skin pigment. Unlike moles, freckles are flat on the skin. They are not harmful and typically appear during sunny weather and then fade in winter.
If you’d like to prevent or minimize your freckles, there are some simple steps you can take:
Wear sunscreen: This is the most important thing you can do to prevent freckles and to keep your skin healthy. You should wear a daily sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Especially in the summer or when you will be out in the sun, wear sunscreen on any area that will be exposed to the sun.
Limit sun exposure: You can also take steps to minimize your skin’s exposure to the sun, such as wearing light long sleeves or a broad-brimmed hat.
Certain people are genetically predisposed to get freckles. So if you get them once, you’re likely to continue getting them every year. Freckles are directly triggered by exposure to the sun. People genetically inclined to freckles have melanocytes – skin cells that produce melanin – scattered around their skin. Sun exposure triggers these cells to produce melanin, which creates the brown spots of freckles. Because the cells are spread out, you get the scattered spots of freckles, rather than the even, darker pigment of a tan.
People with lighter skin tones, and especially those with red hair, are more susceptible to freckles, and they will likely start developing them during childhood. People who freckle easily also tend to be more sensitive to UV light and more likely to sunburn, so it’s especially important for them to regularly wear sunscreen.
If you are looking to remove brown spots and freckles in Houston, give us a call for a free consultation. We’d be happy to help.