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Are people born with freckles?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Some people are born with freckles while others develop them as they get older. Sometimes when a person is exposed to too much sun, his or her skin will react by forming freckles. You'll often see freckles on the hands and face, the places on the body that are most exposed to the sun. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing to safeguard your skin from the sun's harmful rays.

Patricia Farris, MD
Dermatology

No one is born with freckles but they can begin so early in life that people don’t remember themselves without them. Freckles come from sun exposure and are seen most commonly in light skinned individuals with red or blonde hair and blue or green eyes. Freckles tend to be darker in the summer and less noticeable during the winter.

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