Freckles are beautiful. They add character & charm. I have heard stories of childhoods spent hiding them or being embarrassed. NOT ME, I have always embraced my added attributes. I wish that I could hug every kid that was teased. To give my words of wisdom to each one that tears themselves down due to their own physical judgment.
Since I am COVERED in them, why not know everything there is to know about them. As we age these fabulous little beauty markings may change, grow or become dangerous. Keeping watch id your best bet….
Freckles are not harmful or the sign of a health problem. They're just pigment cells (cells that contain color) that are contained within the skin in small batches. Freckles are usually tan or light brown, flat, and very small (smaller than the head of a pin). Sometimes they overlap & run together so sometimes they look larger.
People with light complexions have less melanin in their skin. Melanin is a chemical produced by certain skin cells (called melanocytes); it helps protect the skin from sun damage by reflecting and absorbing ultraviolet (uv) rays.
The more melanin you have in your skin, the tanner you look! People with fair skin have less melanin in their skin to begin with, but some of their melanocytes make more melanin when exposed to the sun. So instead of easily getting a suntan, they sometimes get freckles.
Some people have freckles that fade away almost completely in the winter and return in the summer. Other people's freckles don't change much with or without the sun and can be seen year-round. Freckles also tend to fade as people get older. Whether you're freckled or not, be sure to wear sunscreen.
A freckle, (ephelis) ad we know is an increase in pigment in the innermost (basal) layer of the epidermis, which is the top layer of skin. People aren't born with freckles. They develop in childhood and in later years as a result of repeated sun exposure. Freckles occur primarily in sun-exposed areas such as the nose and shoulders. It's thought that freckling is a protective mechanism of the skin. Freckles are especially common in people with fair complexions. Heredity likely also influences freckling.
what we need to pay attention to are moles. A mole (nevus) is a small cluster of melanocytes (nevus cells) in the basal layer of the epidermis or in the top layers of the dermis, the second layer of skin. Moles are usually present soon after birth and tend to become more prominent with age. Moles can develop anywhere on the skin, even between the fingers and toes. Most moles are small — usually between 3 and 10 millimeters in diameter — but some can be quite large. They may vary in color from very light to very dark. Their color may darken as a result sun exposure or hormonal changes due to pregnancy.
Congenital nevi are moles that appear at birth. They occur in about one in 100 people. May be more likely to develop into melanoma (cancer). A mole or freckle should be checked if it has a diameter of more than 7 mm or any characteristics of the ABCDEs of melanoma.
Dysplastic nevi are moles that are larger than average (larger than a pencil eraser) and irregular in shape. They tend to have uneven color with dark brown centers and lighter, uneven edges. People with dysplastic nevi may have more than 100 moles and have a greater chance of developing melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer. Any changes in a mole should be checked by a dermatologist to detect skin cancer.
Most moles are not dangerous. The only moles that are of medical concern are those that look different than other existing moles or those that first appear after age 20. If you notice changes in a mole's color, height, size, or shape, you should have a dermatologist (skin doctor) evaluate it. You also should have moles checked if they bleed, ooze, itch, appear scaly, or become tender or painful.
Examine your skin with a mirror or ask someone to help you. Pay special attention to areas of your skin that are often exposed to the sun, such as the hands, arms, chest, neck, face, and ears.
I have always raised an eye brow when they check the bottoms of your feet & in between your toes. I had NO IDEA that you usually get fulled undressed at a dermatologist office. Since my bathing suits are teeny weeny, there arent many places where the sun DONT SHINE.
My skin has become more of a concern to me with age.
I love that my freckles make me look youthful.
Why would I want to ruin that with wrinkles?
(I want to be able to get out of rolling stop sign tickets for as LONG as i can.)
MAKE REGULAR VISITS TO THE DERMATOLOGIST
IF FRECKLY, TAKE FULL BODY PICS ONCE A YEAR
THIS WAY YOU CAN COMPARE...
OR PLAY CONNECT THE DOTS
ANYTHING YOU PUT ON YOUR SKIN
GOES DIRECTLY INTO YOUR BODY
USE PARABEN FREE PLEASE!