Some People are Born with Freckles


FICTION. No one is born with freckles—they’re all the result of sun damage. Freckles come from ultraviolet radiation reacting with melanocytes and causing them to become enlarged and overactive. Over time, this increased melanocyte activity causes the formation of brown spots in adults and “liver spots,” also known as “age spots,” in the elderly.

The rays responsible for freckles are UVA rays, which are commonly referred to as the aging rays (think A for “aging”). They’re the long rays that penetrate deeply into the dermis and cause damage over time. They have the ability to destroy collagen and elastin, causing wrinkles and sagging. While some may have a genetic tendency to form freckles, sun exposure is the key factor that causes them to manifest. That’s why freckles are typically darker in the summer yet may fade almost completely in the winter.

The same process that causes freckles in youth causes age spots in advancing age. The dark spots—most present on sun-exposed areas like the face, arms and back of hands—are simply larger, more prominent versions of freckles. Once discoloration is present, it’s often permanent unless treated, and it will only get darker and more pronounced with continued sun exposure.

To target these signs of premature aging—including freckles, dark spots, discoloration and more—try the REVERSE Regimen. The Regimen exfoliates, lightens, brightens and protects your skin. “Brown spots” typically indicate excessive sun exposure, meaning it’s time you limit your time in the sun and slather on a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin. Try REVERSE Broad Spectrum SPF 50+, which not only defends against UV rays but also contains SHIELDrf sunscreen technology to fight the signs of photo-aging and licorice and mulberry to help brighten dull skin.

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  1. I break out about once a month, then get acne scars on top of it!! Should I try the Unblemish and will it help with the scars? Thanks!!

  2. This article really upsets me because I’ve had freckles all over my body since I was less than a year old. Your telling me I got those from the sun?? Nonsense. I just became a consultant for RF and if I am going to be giving false information to people I might want to re think that. My mother never put me in the sun, I was blessed with my beautiful freckles. I’ve always loved them. I don’t think this research is thorough. What about red headed kids who are fair skinned and have freckles from practically birth?? Your telling me their from the sun? I’d like to know where this research came from.

    1. I am a redhead and the mother of 2 redheads. I can confirm that there were no freckles whatsoever on my children for at least the first 3 years of their lives because of my vigilant use of sunscreen, sun hats and such. My kids, now 12 and 8, have just a few freckles on their bodies today, where I on the other-hand am thick with them on my shoulders and face especially. I blame my mom for years of passively protecting me from the sun, and too many painful sunburns as a kid. Love seeing my freckles fade with the help of Reverse!

  3. What about young children who have freckles all over their bodies? My friend’s son who is two years old has freckles on his body. Does this mean he gets too much sun or that he has very vulnerable skin?

  4. I have a lot of broken spider veins on my face. Is there anything that can fade them cover the redness? I have used the reverse and now redefine. The reverse has done a great job of fading age spots on both my face and hands. I love your products!!

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