Freckles may be part of your genetic makeup depending on your hair color and skin tone, you may naturally have more freckles than the average person. For most people, they are a sign of sun exposure and damage. These are the small brown spots you find speckled on any part of your body, you will find them typically on your face, arms, and shoulders. They develop when your skin produces melanin in response to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Keep in mind that most of the time, freckles are harmless!
However, not all brown spots on your skin are freckles. Here’s a guide to distinguishing freckles from other brown spots:
(Want to learn more about sun damage? Check out our page on Solar/Environmentally Damaged Skin for concerns about solar lentigines.)
If you are unhappy with the freckles on your cheeks, nose, hands, shoulders, or elsewhere, we would be happy to see you for a consultation! Contact our office or explore your treatment options below. It’s always a good idea to consult a professional if you’re concerned about any dark spots on your body.