Where do Freckles come from?



Freckles are flat, vari-colored, pigmented areas of the skin. Freckling is usually hereditary and appears in darkly pigmented as well as light-skinned peoples. Sunlight causes freckles to increase.

Freckles are flat, vari-colored, pigmented areas of the skin. Freckling is usually hereditary and appears in darkly pigmented as well as light-skinned peoples. Sunlight causes freckles to increase. They are harmless.

However, one form, which is blue-black in color and is slightly raised, may be pre-malignant. This form is called a melanoma. It is dangerous to remove these lesions, as they may spread to other areas of the body. Surgical removal requires wide excision. Doctors with skill and experience should be consulted regarding removal of any freckle.