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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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


Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Dark freckles appearing on shoulders, what can I do to get rid of this?

Dark freckles appearing on shoulders, what can I do to get rid of this?

Solar lentigos: Lighter-skinned folks who get a fair amount of sunlight get spots on the shoulders, and often elsewhere, often by the time they're young adults. Where I live, they're prized as showing that a person's been active as an outdoors person / athlete. You'll do well to wear sunscreen like everybody should. Have somebody keep an eye for any that look suspicious for malignancy. They're healthy & look fine

Dr. Chris Oh Dr. Oh
Internal Medicine
17 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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I have got prominent dark circles and freckles. Please tell me how to get rid of them. I am n indian girl if 19 year of age.?

I have got prominent dark circles and freckles. Please tell me how to get rid of them. I am n indian girl if 19 year of age.?

Hyperpigmentation: You probably have hyperpigmentation. You should see a dermatologist first to make sure it is not something else. Hyperpigmentation can be treated with bleaching agents such as hydroquonone/tretinoi combo, chemical peel, ipl (intense pulse light) or laser skin resurfacing.

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Dr. Payam Rafat Dr. Rafat
Podiatry
18 years in practice
New York College of Podiatric Medicine
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How can I get rid of a dark pigment/freckle or scar at home?

How can I get rid of a dark pigment/freckle or scar at home?

Have it evaluated: There are many things that may cause a discoloration of the skin. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections and cancer can cause a discoloration of the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash or a discoloration of the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment.

Dr. Morris Westfried Dr. Westfried
Dermatology
42 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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If you had light skin but now look darker due to age (freckles and spots), can lasers get rid of the darker spots and make skin lighter?

If you had light skin but now look darker due to age (freckles and spots), can lasers get rid of the darker spots and make skin lighter?

Yes: Lasers can lighten or remove darker skin pigmentation from aging. There are different types of lasers or ipls that can be used. It amy require more than one treatment such as photrejuvenation.

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan Dr. Dohan
Dermatology
53 years in practice
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I have this dark spot or freckle that appeared above my lip a few years ago and I really hate how it looks is there anyway I can get rid of it? I

I have this dark spot or freckle that appeared above my lip a few years ago and I really hate how it looks is there anyway I can get rid of it? I

See a dermatologist: Begin with a diagnosis. If it is benign, ask a trusted friend if it is ugly or not before you plunge into any expensive treatment.

Dr. Coyle Connolly Dr. Connolly
Dermatology
25 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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I'm a 33 yr female just noticed a new "mole" side of body by breast. Small (tip of pencil) dark, looks like in skin (not freckle). Get it checked?

I'm a 33 yr female just noticed a new "mole" side of body by breast. Small (tip of pencil) dark, looks like in skin (not freckle). Get it checked?

Mole: Any changing skin lesion should be evaluated by a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment if needed. Better to be safe as they say.

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Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang Dr. Chuang
Dermatology
46 years in practice
National Cheng Kung University College of Medicine
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My freckles are getting darker. Could this be something serious?

My freckles are getting darker. Could this be something serious?

No: It might be just exposed to sun too much, if you know it's freckles, not moles.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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How can I get remove dark marks off my butt?

How can I get remove dark marks off my butt?

Recommend: Dermatological assessment / treatment. Take care.

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Dr. Glynis Ablon Dr. Ablon
Dermatology
25 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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I am getting darker skin, how can I get ride of it?

I am getting darker skin, how can I get ride of it?

If you mean overall: That can be what is know as actinic bronzing which is basically sun damaged skin (remember tan mom?). First start wearing sunscreen every day, second add an exfoliant to your skin like an alpha or beta hydroxy acid or even lactic acid, then add something in the retinoic acid family (OTC retinol or prescription strength retin A). Finally see your dermatologist to get on stronger topicals or to disc

Dr. Bruce Saran Dr. Saran
Ophthalmology
29 years in practice
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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Is it possible for a person with albinism to get freckles?

Is it possible for a person with albinism to get freckles?

No: Oculocutaneous albinism is a genetic defect of the enzyme in our body that produces melanin-this determines skin color. There are different types of severity based on the gene involved and how much the gene is "damaged." the more damage, the less melanin. It is not an all or none effect. Patients can still get freckles, small collections of skin cells with more melanin than surrounding skin.

Dr. Clarence Grim Dr. Grim
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
53 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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My skin is dark. How can I get my skin clearer and whiter?

My skin is dark. How can I get my skin clearer and whiter?

Dark skin: Choose different grandparents. In other words live with it.

Dr. Lois Copeland Dr. Copeland
Internal Medicine
49 years in practice
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University
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Is it normal to have one freckle that is darker than the rest?

Neoplasm is possible: When one "freckle" is darker than the others, it may be suggestive of a possible melanoma and needs to be investigated and probably biopsied to be sure it is not neoplastic. Dermatologists will usually perform this kind of evaluation.

Dr. Robert Jackson Dr. Jackson
Dermatology
39 years in practice
Meharry Medical College School of Medicine
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How can one get a fairer complexion from darker within 5 months?

How can one get a fairer complexion from darker within 5 months?

Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options.

Dr. Morris Westfried Dr. Westfried
Dermatology
42 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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Does your skin darken as we get older or just looks that way due to freckles?

Does your skin darken as we get older or just looks that way due to freckles?

May: Sun exposure over time will have an effect of causing born discoloration as well as formation of redness from dilated blood vessels. This is treatable with laser or lipl.

Dr. Bernard Seif Dr. Seif
Clinical Psychology
36 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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I am a little dark and want to get fairer skin. What do you suggest as some home remedies?

I am a little dark and want to get fairer skin. What do you suggest as some home remedies?

Neat and clean with: A pleasant disposition is the way to go. That will bring more light to our world than a lighter face. Please don't measure your self-worth by skin color. One day your opinion may reverse and you may want to darken your face. I respect the fact that you want to look attractive but who you are and what you do is the real attraction. Peace&good health. Please don't fall for skin lightening scams.

Dr. Chaim Colen Dr. Colen
Neurosurgery
15 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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Every summer I get darker even if I'm in the sun for15 minutes. Will I get lighter in the winter?

Likely you will: The melanin produced by certain skin cells causes the skin tone to become darker. Conversely, less sun will lighten the skin.

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Dr. Andrew Shatz Dr. Shatz
Ophthalmology
22 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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Sometimes I see spots in completely dark rooms! Help. I never get a good answer. I am really worried?

Sometimes I see spots in completely dark rooms! Help. I never get a good answer. I am really worried?

See an eye doctor: Seeing spots in total darkness is often a normal phenomenon. The back of the eye is filled with a gel that is adherent to the film layer (retina). The gel can tug on the retina when we move our eyes, stimulating it and sending a signal that tells us we see a spot when it is really not there. An eye doctor will dilate your eyes to ensure that is all that is happening. See one soon, and don't worry.

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Dr. Glynis Ablon Dr. Ablon
Dermatology
25 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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I get headaches often. Most times I end up in a dark quite room. What could this be? What test should be done to find out?

I get headaches often. Most times I end up in a dark quite room. What could this be? What test should be done to find out?

Probable Migraine he: Migraine headaches are made worse by light and sounds. Ask you doctor's opinion, if your pcp can not handle this go see a neurologist who specializes in headache treatments. There are very good drugs available to treat migraine...They are called triptans, like sumatriptan (imitrex) is one popular one.