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Are freckles the result of overexposure to the sun?

Freckles are inherited, which means they are passed down through families. Exposure to the sun increases a substance in the skin called melanin, which results in a tan. However, it can also cause freckles to become more pronounced.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

In some cases, freckles are exacerbated by prolonged exposure to the sun's rays, particularly if you forego sunscreen. However, some people are born with freckles.

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