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My son has lots of freckles on his face and arms, and he recently asked me why. I had no idea! Can you tell us?
Freckles tend to run in families. People (especially kids) who have fair complexions are most likely to freckle.
People with light skin and eyes have less melanin, a chemical in the skin that protects it from sun damage by reflecting and absorbing ultraviolet (UV) rays, but some melanocytes (the melanin-producing cells) make more melanin when exposed to the sun. Instead of tanning evenly, people with less melanin get freckles.
So it’s a combination of genetics and sun exposure that explains why your son has freckles. Some people’s freckles fade away almost completely in the winter, just to return in the summer. People who freckle are often more likely to get sunburns. It is important for everyone (freckled or not!) to wear sunscreen while outside to protect against skin damage and skin cancer.
Provides up-to-date information on the treatment and management of disorders of the skin, hair, and nails.
Want to avoid summer hazards so you can focus on the fun? This center offers tips for teens.
Sometimes it may seem like your skin is impossible to manage, especially when you find a huge zit on your nose or a cold sore at the corner of your mouth. Here are ways to prevent and treat common skin problems.
By teaching kids how to enjoy fun in the sun safely, parents can reduce their risk for developing skin cancer.
Wrinkles! Everyone eventually gets at least a few. Find out why in this article for kids.
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Find out how to lower your family’s risk of getting melanoma and how doctors treat it.
Melanoma is different from other skin cancers because it can spread if it’s not caught early. Find out how to lower your risk of getting melanoma and how doctors treat it.
What does your skin ask for in return for all the wonderful things it does? Just a little care and consideration, so learn more about taking care of your skin by reading our article for kids.
Our skin protects the network of tissues, muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, and everything else inside our bodies. Hair and nails are actually modified types of skin.
The sun can do a lot more than just give you a warm summer glow. Get the facts on sun and skin damage – and what you can do to protect yourself and still look tan.
Do you have freckles or know someone who does? Find out what freckles are in this article.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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