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Color Spots: Not as Harmless as You Might Think

What about freckles and other spots? Freckles are concentrated spots of color in the skin and are common in people with fair skin. In medical terms, the three main types of freckles are ephelids, lentigoes, and lentigines. They are usually round, flat spots that can be yellow-brown, tan, brown, or black, and they tend to appear on those areas of the skin that receive the most sun exposure.

Even if you think freckles look cute on someone’s nose, they are a clear sign of sun damage and can actually be considered a sign of photoaging (skin damage caused by the sun). Using protection against ultraviolet radiation starting at a young age is very important to the health of your skin.

Age spots are another sign of photoaging (skin damage caused by the sun), but these spots are collections of the skin pigment melanin on the top layer of the skin (epidermis). These signs of photoaging can be prevented and potentially reduced with the help of antioxidants. Selenium and vitamins A, C, and E are all helpful antioxidants in the fight against age spots.

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