Why am I suddenly getting a lot of freckles?
Genetics and sun exposure are the primary causes of freckles. Some people are more likely to get freckles than others, depending on their genes and skin type. If a person is genetically more likely to develop freckles, exposure to sunlight can make them appear.
Can new freckles just appear?
They just don’t look like your other spots.” Your skin can develop new spots after sun exposure. Or an old freckle or mole that’s looked the same for years can suddenly change in size, shape or color. You have to be familiar with the spots on your skin to catch these changes.
Is growing new freckles normal?
Freckles are harmless, but if one starts to look funny compared to others then it’s best to get it checked out. Larger, flat, brown spots on the face and hands that start to appear in middle-aged people, known as age spots or liver spots, are properly called solar lentigines.
Can freckles randomly show up?
Doctors call them ephelides. You have them because of the genes you were born with. Freckles often show up during childhood, and you may continue to get more until you’re in your 20s. People with fair skin or red hair are most likely to have them.
Can melasma appear suddenly?
Melanin clumping and ultraviolet (UV) light exposure are the most typical culprits for melasma. Though we know the cause of these concerns, the rate and severity of their appearance is hard to pinpoint. Sometimes dark spots show up very slowly, while at other times they can appear suddenly and without warning.
When should I be worried about a new freckle?
A mole or freckle should be checked if it has a diameter of more than a pencil eraser or any characteristics of the ABCDEs of melanoma (see below). Dysplastic nevi are moles that are generally larger than average (larger than a pencil eraser) and irregular in shape.
Should I worry about a new freckle?
See a GP as soon as possible if you notice changes in a mole, freckle or patch of skin, particularly if the changes happen over a few weeks or months. Credit: Signs to look out for include a mole that’s: getting bigger.
Why do freckles appear without sun?
Although freckles are hereditary, they are activated by sun exposure. If someone that has the freckle gene (MC1R), they must spend time in the sun in order to produce freckles. A person without the freckles genes will not produce freckles regardless of if they are in the sun or not.
What causes sudden pigmentation?
A number of factors can trigger an increase in melanin production, but the main ones are sun exposure, hormonal influences, age and skin injuries or inflammation. Sun exposure is the number one cause of hyperpigmentation as it’s sunlight that triggers the production of melanin in the first place.
Why do I suddenly have freckles on my hands?
Ephelides: These freckles form as a result of sun exposure and sunburns. They can appear on anyone who doesn’t protect themselves from UV rays. They show up on your face, the back of your hands, and upper body. This type tends to be most common amongst people with lighter skin tones and hair color.