What Are Freckles?

We think freckles are adorable, but some of those who have them tend to disagree! Freckles are flat, beige, brown circular spots, typically the size of the head of a nail. These multiple spots may develop on sun-exposed skin after repeated exposure to sunlight. Particularly common in people with red hair and a fair complexion, freckles may appear on children as young as one or two years of age. Freckles can vary somewhat in color – they may be reddish, yellow, tan, light brown, brown, or black – and are basically slightly darker than the surrounding skin. They may become darker and more apparent after sun exposure and lighten in the winter. These spots are due to an increase in the amount of dark pigment called melanin and an increase in the total number of pigment-producing cells called melanocytes. 


What Types Of Freckles Are There? 


“Ephelides” is the Greek word and medical term for freckle. This term refers to 1 mm-2 mm flat spots that are tan, slightly reddish, or light brown and usually appear during the summer. They are most often found on people with light complexions, and in some families, they are a genetic trait. People with reddish hair and green eyes are more prone to these types of freckles. Sun avoidance and protection (e.g., sunscreen) help suppress the appearance of freckles.


The term “Lentigines,” which comes from the Latin word for lentil, is the medical word for certain types of larger pigmented spots most commonly present at the site of previous sun damage. Lentigines are usually darker than the common freckle and do not usually fade in the winter. This kind of spot is referred to as lentigo simplex or solar lentigo. Although lentigines may be part of certain rare genetic syndromes, for the most part they are just isolated and unimportant spots.

How Do I Get Rid of My Freckles? 

While freckles may look cute on children, you may not think they look good on you as an adult! We can treat unwanted freckles at Beaumont Aesthetic Laser. Our PicoSure Laser for freckle removal is highly effective, reducing freckles and promoting smoother, younger skin. Our ICON pigmentation removal also gets the job done, using intense pulsed light, or IPL, therapy to remove excess pigment from your skin.

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