Freckles – Causes, Treatment & Removal Method
What are Freckles?
Freckles usually appear on parts of the skin, such as the face and arms, that are regularly exposed to sunlight. Freckles are basically groups of skin cells (keratinocytes) in which melanin, the brown-colored skin pigment is located on the skin’s outer layer. This is why freckle spots are flat in appearance. While you can touch and feel moles because of their lumpy structure, freckles are unidimensional spots that can only be seen but not felt. Freckles are formed when specialized cells known as melanocytes, produce melanin. Regular exposure to sunlight, induces the melanocytes to increase their output of melanin. This in turn, forces the pigment to seep out and get absorbed by the adjoining skin cells. That’s why freckles form in spots, rather than as a uniform pattern stretching across the skin. Since people tend to get more exposure to the sun, in the summer, freckles are more likely to form during this time of the year. Irrespective of tone, all skin types can develop freckles.
Eliminating freckles and preventing their recurrence
In Singapore, we offer a wide range of treatment options for freckles, which can effectively lighten up the brown spots and give your skin a balanced tone.
Usually, specific treatments or a combination thereof, are used to deliver the best results. This is because, every individual’s skin is unique and must be treated in a customized manner. Following a detailed consultation, we will formulate the most suitable treatment for you.
Prevention is key, to stop the recurrence of freckles from recurring. My recommendation is to to rely on water-resistant sunscreens with SPF (sun protection factor) 30 and above. Make sure to fully cover your skin before venturing outdoors in the sun. Since freckles are the result of sun exposure, ensure proper protection for the skin, from the UV rays, to minimize the possibility of developing freckles.