Ever wondered if the spots on your skin are freckles, sunspots, or other pigmentation? Australians enjoy an enviable outdoor lifestyle, but we also know that UV rays are notoriously damaging to our skin.
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How are freckles formed?
Freckles and sunspots (solar lentigo) are two of the common changes we notice after sun exposure and both can affect our confidence. When UV rays hit your skin, freckles develop from an increase in dark pigments called melanin. This is why freckles are usually more visible on the arms, face and other areas, that are more often exposed to the sun.
Although you may find unevenly pigmented skin undesirable, freckles themselves are actually quite impressive. Freckles are the skin’s natural way, of trying to protect us from harmful UV rays.
How are sunspots formed?
Sunspots (solar lentigo) are also known as ‘age spots’ or ‘liver spots’. In contrast to freckles, they are common in people over the age of 40, but they can affect younger people too. Sunspots occur when UV radiation causes pigmented cells in the skin to multiply.
Sunspots tend to increase in number as we age, particularly with chronic sun exposure. They are common for people of all skin types and mainly affect areas of the body like the face, hands, arms and shoulders.
How else does the sun affect my skin’s surface?
Monitoring freckles and sunspots should also involve keeping an eye out for other skin changes too. Sun exposure affects the skin in a myriad of ways, including:
Some of these changes to our skin are inevitable with our natural ageing process, but excess UV rays can accelerate them.
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