Freckles are clusters of pigment cells formed under the skin. It is also known as ephelides. The formation of freckles occurs due to exposure of skin to sunlight. It activates melanocytes causing melanin production, resulting in darker freckles on the skin. Freckles are harmless and can disappear by aging.

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Kindly suggest Vitamin C serums for removing brown spots from face.

Query: Hello doctor, My sister's age is 28, normal, sensitive skin. She is having brown spots on her face. Can you please suggest the best Vitamin C serums for removing brown spots on her face without any side effects? Is there any other options (simple and safe) for removing such brown spots?  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There are many causes for brown spots on face, it could be: 1. Freckles. 2. DPN- Dermatosis papulosa nigra. 3. Melasma. 4. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Treatment is different for each, it is very difficult to suggest any treatment for you without seeing your pictu...  Read Full »

I tore a mole and the surface has red spots. Kindly advise.

Query: Hello doctor, I tore off a mole or a freckle some weeks ago and now the surface, it is like this. Is it good or should I worry? What are those red spots?  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your case. Your lesion is active which means the area has not healed after removing your mole (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Keep applying Fucidin acid cream two times a day till red area disappears. It is not something to be worried...  Read Full »

What can cause freckles to develop overnight?

Query: Hi doctor,I have developed some brown patches and freckle like spots on my left hand overnight. I went to bed last night with a new light brown freckle on the palm of my hand and woke up this morning to it being darker and there being more freckles and patches. There are a couple of patches on my ri...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to These are not freckles according to the duration of appearance (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Freckles do not come overnight. There are only two possibilities. One is insect bite reaction and the second one is purpura. It is looking like b...  Read Full »

I am a 28-year-old male who developed freckles on my face three years ago after donating blood. Kindly suggest a treatment.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28-year-old male and have freckles on my face. I donated blood three years ago, and freckles appeared on my face after some time. I have attached my photo, kindly suggest medicine.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw your clinical picture (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), and In my opinion you have melasma. This is not freckles. Melasma is a condition where the skin over the cheeks, nose, eyebrows, and upper lip becomes brown. This is most of the time ...  Read Full »

Can eye freckles disappear on their own?

Query: Hi doctor, Please find the images shared by my optometrist. He said I have no freckles. If a freckle develops sometime in one's life, then what would prevent it from growing indefinitely to melanoma? Will it develop for some time and stop? If you do notice the freckle then please clarify doubts w...  Read Full »

Dr. Sheikh Zubair Abdul Razzak

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity) you have sent I do not see a freckle in either eye. A freckle will show as a pigmented patch in the retina of the eye. If there is a freckle it will not reduce in size on its own. It will increase in size or...  Read Full »

What causes freckles?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had two freckles of size one inch for several years. It did not cause any concern. But with the current heatwave, I am extra cautious with them. I have previously been to a doctor several years ago who had told me they were fine. I am not on any medications. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Thanks for sharing the pictures (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). I do not think they are freckles. I have few differentials, and the most probable one is papular sarcoidosis. It is an inflammatory skin condition....  Read Full »

I have brown skin with flat, irregular, disc-like freckles on both sides of my face. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have brown skin and flat, brown irregular, disc-like freckles on both sides of my face and the cheek area. How do I get rid of it or lighten it significantly? My face looks horrible, and I am also losing my self-confidence. Will peels help? If yes, what kind of peel should I get done? W...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I suggest you to do the following and consult a specialist. Please try to wear sunblock with SPF (sun protection factor) 30 almost 20 minutes before exposure to sunlight and repeat after every two to three hours as it gets wasted or washe...  Read Full »

What are the red spots on my nose that are not healing for a long time?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a red spot on my nose that would not heal for months. It has not formed a scab. I was worried it might be a broken blood vessel. Is that possible? I do not think it is an ingrown hair because I have looked and do not see one.  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen your query and concern and examined your picture (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). With your descriptions and given picture, it seems you have freckles or nevus. 1. Freckles or ephelis are common in individuals who sunburn easily and do...  Read Full »

I used a self-tanner and it makes me feel like I have skin cancer. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a question that always makes me nervous when I use a self-tanner. I feel like I have had skin cancer all these years.   Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It seems you have developed freckles. Freckles or ephelis are common in individuals who sunburn easily and do not tan. However, it is uncommon among people who have dark skin. I suggest you use 30 % Trichloroacetic acid cautery (TCA) or topical treatment with Depiwhi...  Read Full »

I have small bumps around my nose and freckles on my cheeks and forehead. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have small bumps around my nose and some freckles on my cheeks and forehead. Can they be permanently removed? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. Warts can be treated with an application of TCA-trichloroacetic acid. Moles are usually removed with radiofrequency or electro-cautery for cosmetic reasons. However, it should always be removed completely to prevent ...  Read Full »

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