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Doctor insights on: Are Freckles A Sign That The Skin Has Been Damaged By The Sun

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Are freckles a sign that the skin has been damaged by the sun?

Are freckles a sign that the skin has been damaged by the sun?

Yes: When the tendency to form freckles can be hereditary, freckles themselves are a sign of damage from uv rays. Some people are more prone to develop freckles (red heads, celtic background, fair skin, etc) but they can minimize them by stay out of the sun and using strict sun protection. Just look at someone's bottom which are often freckle free since the sun never shines there! ...Read more

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Freckle (Definition)

A freckle is a small brown spot on your skin, caused by sun exposure. Use your abcde's to tell the difference between a freckle and skin cancer. A=asymmetry. B=border [irregular]. C=color [irregular]. D=diameter [larger than a pencil eraser]. E=evolving [change in color, size, height, new symptoms like bleeding, itching or crusting]. These are danger signs that ...Read more


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Is it possible to still lie in the sun if I have a sign of skin cancer?

Is it possible to still lie in the sun if I have a sign of skin cancer?

At your own risk: It is not wise to stay in the sun without wearing sunblock. If you already have signs of skin cancer or skin damage from the sun, it is even more important for you t stay out of the sun and to protect your skin with proper clothing, a hat, sunblock. ...Read more

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Beauty marks appeared in the summer no change in them wondering if it was because of the sun and that I have dry skin. Also noticed a tiny brown freckle underneath my left eye lid?

Beauty marks appeared in the summer no change in them wondering if it was because of the sun and that I have dry skin. Also noticed a tiny brown freckle underneath my left eye lid?

Time for skin check: Schedule an appointment with a doctor specializing in the skin known as a Dermatologist. They can do a full body skin examination and address your individual concerns. Remember to wear Sun screen all year round ...Read more

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Why does the sun darken skin?

Reaction : The sun reacts with the melanin already in your skin. Depending on your genetic makeup and race will determine how dark you will get. You have to have enough of the melanin in you skin for it to react to the sun and to get tan or darker skin tone. Some people only blister and peel but do not have enough melanin to actually tan. ...Read more

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How bad is the sun for your skin?

Mostly: A small amount of sun will generate vitamin d which is a good thing. More than that especially with those with lightly pigmented skin, will cause sunburns, metabolic changes and a marked increase in the chance of skin cancer and melanoma in later life. Use protection and sunscreens as much as possible. ...Read more

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What causes skin to tan in the sun?

Tanning: The UV light from the sun's rays causes cells called melanocytes to produce a pigment named melanin. ...Read more