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Doctor insights on: Why Are My Freckles Getting Darker

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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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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I don't want to get darker so i bought SPF 50 sunscreen but some people told me that sunblock makes you not get darker. Is that true?

I don't want to get darker so i bought SPF 50 sunscreen but some people told me that sunblock makes you not get darker. Is that true?

Sunscreen: blocks the sun's rays which cause burning and tanning (darkening of the skin). Most people use suncreen to avoid this damage. ...Read more

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What makes my anxiety worse at night ? I can controll it in day time but when it gets dark i get scared of dying how can I handle this ?

What makes my anxiety worse at night ?   I can controll it in day time but when it gets dark i get scared of dying how can I handle this ?

Panic attacks ??: It could very well be panic attacks when you are alone at night. During the day being busy your attention is to your visual surrounding. May be at night you have certain thoughts or fears which are precipitating those attacks. Best advice is to see a psychiatrist to discuss these issues and offer you a treatment. ...Read more