Skin Up Close
Freckles Vs. Dark Spots
December 21, 2018
For decades, women with freckles have tried to hide them or get rid of them with any myriad of products and treatments. However, this year, due to many famous faces proudly exposing their natural freckles, one trend makeup artists are seeing is women wanting to add faux freckles to their faces. So, is there a difference between freckles and dark spots? The answer is yes!
Freckles are hereditary. There is a gene that, when triggered, will make freckles appear from sun exposure. Freckles are usually found in lighter skin type individuals since melanin (the pigment in the skin) is used by the skin to protect itself, freckles are a way the skin tries to protect itself from the sun.
Dark spots (sun spots) tend to be darker and larger than freckles and more irregularly shaped, a common sign of damage to the skin. There are many different types of these spots that result from the skin trying to protect itself from sun and pollution. A dermatologist can determine which type of spot it is. They can be challenging to treat, and because they developed over many years of damage to the skin, getting rid of them is not quick. It is important to visit your dermatologist at least every 18 months for a full spot check as certain dark spot may become skin cancer.
What To Do
If you have freckles, embrace the natural beauty that is you! They will fade with age, but freckles tend to imply a youthful exuberance. If you have dark spots, there are a variety of in-office and at-home treatment options. Incorporate products from Epionce that help brighten the visible appearance of dark spots. This includes using the MelanoLyte Skin Brightening System to help diminish their visible appearance on the face and body. Prevent sun spots and premature signs of aging on your skin caused by UV exposure with Daily Shield Tinted SPF 50. This Epionce sunscreen is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective broad-spectrum sunscreen.