That splash of spots across the face might be your favorite feature. However, not everyone is fond of their freckles. If you’d rather have a smooth and even complexion, a cosmetic dermatology specialist can help. Here’s what you should know about getting rid of your freckles.
Freckles are tiny dots of extra pigment on the skin, which are caused by a natural overproduction of melanin. You’ll most often find them on the face, arms, legs, and other areas that are exposed to the sun. These spots are typically flat in texture and brown, tan, or red in color. Freckles often become darker in the summer or any time you’re exposed to the sun for long periods of time.
Freckles are generally linked to genetics and are most common in people with fair skin. These spots are completely harmless, so you certainly don’t need to get rid of them if you don’t want to. However, be sure to see your dermatologist if you notice any dark spots growing, changing in shape, or becoming raised.
While you may not be able to eliminate your freckles completely, you can consider cosmetic dermatology treatments to reduce their appearance. A dermatologist will examine your freckles and check for signs of sun damage. They may also perform a skin cancer screening and check your skin for any suspicious spots.
Dermatologists can recommend a number of freckles treatments, including:
The right treatment for you will depend on your unique skin needs. There are also treatments that will work better on different types of freckles. Some people will require multiple treatments to see their desired results. Since it can be difficult to remove freckles completely, your dermatologist will discuss what you can expect from each treatment.
As you schedule treatments to reduce the appearance of your freckles, it’s also important to discuss prevention. Staying out of the sun and wearing ample SPF are the best ways to prevent new freckles from developing. If you have fair skin, a sunscreen with SPF 50 or higher may help prevent freckling, while preventing skin cancer at the same time.
If you have questions about freckle removal and prevention, the skin experts atPacific Dermatology Specialists are here to help. We have offices in Carson, CA and other communities in the Greater Los Angeles area, all of which offer a wide selection of cosmetic, medical, and cosmetic services. Contact us today to book an appointment near you.