If you’re not exactly sure what the difference is between freckles and age spots, don’t worry, you’re not alone. In some ways they are similar to each other but differ in other ways. With that said, let’s talk a little more about them and how you can prevent them, reduce their appearance, or even add them onto your skin if that’s of interest to you.
Differences and Similarities
Let’s start first with discussing the similarities and differences between freckles and age spots. First off, each freckle is usually about the size of the head of a nail while age spots can be the same size but can also be larger. Both are flat and are usually a tan, black, or brown shade (although freckles may also be yellow or red), and they’re typically found on those who have fair skin.
Freckles can be found on those of almost any age while age spots, although often found on the skin of older adults, could occur at any point after enough repeated sun exposure. Freckles tend to darken due to the sun and lighten during the winter. Because sun exposure can have such an effect on age spots, you’ll typically find them on sun-exposed areas such as the face, shoulders, decollete, hands, and arms.
Did you know that you can actually add freckles if you don’t have them naturally (or you’d prefer to have more)? There are two ways you can go about it. You could go the temporary route by using makeup which is a good option if you’d like to see what the results could be, or you could go the permanent route and get them tattooed on. If you’re thinking of getting them tattooed on, you may want to use makeup first to get an idea of what they could end up looking like.
If you want to do what you can to prevent the darkening of the freckles as well as keep age spots at bay, the best thing you can do is protect yourself from the sun. This means you have to slather on sunscreen year-round – not just during the summer – and opt for sunglasses that have wide arms as well as a wide-brimmed hat. Sun protective clothing can also be beneficial.
Decreasing Freckles and Age Spots
Not happy about age spots and freckles? In addition to loading up on the sun protection, there are several methods you could try to reduce their appearance including using Vitamin C or Hydroquinone. A laser treatment or other options may also help. Keep in mind, however, that you must speak to a dermatologist before trying any option on your skin.
One of the most important things to keep in mind is to always monitor the size, shape, and color of your freckles and age spots and your skin overall. If something just doesn’t seem right, it’s vital to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist to get it checked out. It could very well be nothing, but at least you’ll be able to get a definitive answer.