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May 17, 2018
by Vivant Skin Care
We’re writing to clear up a few things regarding the jubilant confetti of melanin that nature has showered across your skin. We’re not sure you’re aware that freckles are not the same as solar lentigines, aka age spots, and that unless you are very bothered by them (which we’re of the opinion you shouldn’t be), there is no reason to try to remove them.
Freckles are most often seen in people with fair skin, especially redheads. They are usually hereditary and tend to appear in youth and to fade as you age. Though different from age spots, they are spurred by the sun.
Solar lentigines or age spots are pretty much the opposite. They are the result of sun exposure that damages DNA over time and creates dark marks. The marks are usually larger and can be slightly raised. They appear on the face, hands, forearms, and decollété. Unlike freckles, they show up around middle age and may darken, enlarge, and multiply as you get older.
Both freckles and age spots are the product of excess melanin, but in the case of age spots, the spot represents years of accumulated damage to cells. Freckles are a more immediate reaction of melanin production stimulated as a protective measure in the skin.
In either case, the best way to prevent spots is to use sunscreen religiously, year round, not just when you’re heading out for a day at the beach. Use a daily sunscreen as part of your morning routine. Day Treatment Lotion SPF 15 makes a perfect lightweight foundational moisturizer with broad-spectrum UV protection. It’s safe for children as well. If you’re going to be out in the sun, wear a hat and reapply your sunscreen every hour.
If you are set on fading your freckles, you can use brightening agents like vitamin C, kojic acid, hydroquinone, and mandelic acid in combination with exfoliators like glycolic acid and cell metabolism boosters like vitamin A.
See our blog on “The Best of the Brighteners” for more tips.
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