Does sun exposure cause freckles?

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Some patients love them, while others want to reduce their appearance. Some have them year-round, while others might experience an increase in freckles after spending time in the sun. Freckles themselves are rarely a concern, though some patients would prefer not to have them. These tiny specks of hyperpigmentation are typically nothing to be concerned of, and there are ways to reduce their appearance for aesthetic reasons. 

Can sun exposure cause freckles? 

Some patients have a predisposition for freckles, and when spending significant time outdoors, they may notice that their freckles will darken. However, sun exposure itself does not “cause” freckles, per se. It can make them darker and more noticeable, and they may develop anywhere, including the face, shoulders, and arms. 

How do I address freckles? 

Some patients don’t mind their freckles, while others don’t care for them—especially if they increase and cause irregularities in one’s skin tone. There are some ways in which patients can prevent freckles, such as limiting sun exposure, wearing high SPF sunscreen, and wearing clothing that protects their skin when outdoors. While these can help in reducing the development of new freckles, it does not address existing ones. In situations such as this, patients might consider speaking to Dr. Betty Bellman about the benefits of using laser therapies and chemical peels to lighten existing freckles while addressing other skin concerns, including uneven pigmentation, acne, and skin laxity. Additionally, women who have freckles on the face that are impacting their skin tone may also utilize cosmetics, such as concealer and foundation, to reduce the look of freckles during the day when they desire smoother, more even skin appearance. 

Request a consultation appointment with Dr. Betty Bellman 

If you reside in the Miami Beach, FL community or beyond and are ready to work with a quality dermatologist who can help you control your freckles and address other common skin concerns, now is a great time to call (305) 534-8480 for an appointment with Dr. Betty Bellman. Her practice is located at 4302 Alton Road, Suite #705 and accepts new and established patients. Speak to her today about your skincare needs!

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