Human Body

Skin, Hair, and Nails

Are freckles dangerous?

Freckles, those tan or brown spots on the skin, are small areas of increased skin pigment or melanin. There is a genetic tendency to develop freckles, and parents with freckles often pass this trait down to their children. Freckles usually occur on the face, arms, and other parts of the body that are exposed to the sun. Freckles themselves pose no health risks, but individuals who freckle easily are at an increased risk for skin cancer.


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