What are freckles? Freckles are tiny brown spots usually found on the arms, chest, neck, and face. They are very common and not a threat to your health. Most people see them most often in the summer, especially with people that have red or light-colored hair, and lighter skin. Freckles are caused by exposure to the rays of the sun and genetics.
As freckles are mostly harmless to your health, there is absolutely no need to treat them. Of course, it is best to avoid the sun as much as you can and use a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or above sunscreen. It is especially vital because those who get freckles easily are also more likely to develop skin cancer. If you are not happy with the appearance of the freckles, they can be covered up with makeup, or you can receive a type of laser treatment, chemical peels, or liquid nitrogen.
Lentigo, or lentigines (the plural), is a dark spot on the skin, darker than the skin surrounding it. Lentigines are most common among those with fair skin, usually whites. Sun exposure seems to be the cause of lentigines. They mostly appear on the part of the body that receives the most sun, even hands and feet. Genetics can also play a role in lentigines, as well as radiation therapy.
There are several ways lentigines can be treated including laser, cryosurgery, or skin creams like bleaching agents or retinoids. The best way to sop lentigines from forming is to stay protected from the sun, especially during the hours of 10 am and 2 pm. Always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, wear protective clothes, such as pants, long-sleeved shirts, and a wide-brimmed hat. Never use tanning beds.
Moles are brown or black growths on the skin. They can appear anywhere, in groups, or by themselves. Moles usually show up on the skin during childhood and before age 25. It is not unusual to have 10 to 40 moles by the time you reach adulthood. You will usually see a slow change in moles over the years. They can become raised, change colors, and even see hairs develop in the mole.
Moles are cells in the skin grow in a cluster instead of the usual way, spreading throughout the skin. The cells are melanocytes, and they produce the pigment that gives skin the natural color.
If you are concerned and unsure about a mole, see a dermatologist right away. If the doctor believes the mole needs to be checked further, they will do a biopsy. It is a simple procedure and will not cause cancer to spread if it is present. If it is cancerous, the dermatologist will remove the entire mole and stitch the skin closed.
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