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Stay Young With Freckles Advantages and Disadvantages of Spotted Skin

Updated on April 15, 2015

Description of Brown Spots on Skin

Freckles, lentigines, and moles appear on all types and colors of skin as fair, tanned, brown, or black skin.

A freckle is a flat, darker, circular spot. Some of them are ephelides; they appear in summer and disappear in winter. Freckles have increased amount of black pigments named melanin and don’t show any increased number of melanocytes (melanin producing cells).

Dark brown spots with increased numbers of one-layered melanocytes are named lentigines.

Moles are brown or black growths on the skin. When multilayered melanocytes grow in small clusters instead of being spread all over the skin, they are building moles.

Freckles can be developed throughout our lives - both under the influence of UV radiation and as well as the use of cosmetics that contain heavy metals such as lead, chromium, or mercury.

Most people have 30-40 moles or freckles on their body; there are also those who are blessed with several hundred, mostly unwanted, dark spots.

We may not see any benefits of having small brownish patches on our skin and some of us like even to remove them permanently with the help of aesthetic surgery. I personally, would do it only for medical reasons, but it is just a matter of taste to remove them or not.

The Advantages of Having Freckles, Lentigines, and Moles.

  • Having a large number of freckles makes us younger. Our skin stays longer young, does have fewer wrinkles, and is more resistant to any imperfections.
  • Those of us with more than 100 marks overall our body can also enjoy, in addition to slower aging skin, an experience of improved bone density. They have less than half of the risk to get the osteoporosis than those who don’t exceed the amount of 25 moles on their skin.
  • There are also other benefits like a lower probability of dying from cardiovascular disease, firmer muscles, and healthier eyes.

The secret lies in the chromosomes. Many people with lots of dark spots have slightly different structured chromosomes, molecules that contain DNA. They have explicit protectors named telomeres.

Telomeres of freckled people are unusually long.

The length of telomeres is linked to aging. British studies in King’s College in London have shown that those people who have more birthmarks have longer telomeres, and they stay longer young.

Telomerase is an enzyme, which does have the ability to lengthen the telomeres. Being moderately physically active (yoga, walking, jogging, aerobics) can allow our body to produce more telomerase, this may elongate our telomeres and all of this will make us younger!

Being physically extremely active won't have this effect.

For me, this is the discovery of the day (12-12-2011)! Now, we can better UNDERSTAND why fitness makes us younger.

This Would be Too Good to Be True - The Disadvatages

There is also a disadvantage of having many freckles, and the name of it is cancer.

According to British researchers, the cells of people with multiple moles are able to renew and recover faster. This makes their skin younger. The price they pay for it is a greater risk of cancer. It is not only the skin; also, other organs can develop this disease.

Improved cell renewal means more processes that may fail. This fact might possibly influence the body to form pathological structures more easily.

People who have more than 100 brown spots on their entire body, age slower, but they should always keep an eye on their health.

Depending on their family history according to cancer diseases, in addition to regular checking of the skin, especially after the summer; they should also pay attention to all possible preventive tests (for example colonoscopy, mammography) and watch their body carefully.

Generally, freckles, moles, and lentigines are quite harmless and benign. They rarely develop into skin cancer.

However, having hundreds of them, means you should pay attention to every uncertain pigmented spot. Let them check by your physician. A full-body skin examination should be part of your routine annual health exam.

 The Diagnosis of Birthmarks and Moles

Signs of possibly cancerous moles are put into a well-known formula ABCDE:

  • Asymmetry – both halves of the mole aren’t matched together.
  • Border – the edges of the mole are irregular, or there is a poorly defined border.
  • Color – the mole has shades of different colors like brown, black, white, blue, or red.
  • Diameter – the diameter of the mole is greater than the size of a pencil eraser.
  • Evolution - the mole is changing in size shape and color.

The nodular melanoma does have its own, additional, symptoms:

  • Elevated – the mole’s surface is higher than the surrounding skin.
  • Firm – the mole is firm to the touch.
  • It is growing.

Skin cancer (melanoma) is rare with very dark or black skinned people. They should check their palms, soles, fingernails, and toenails.

Take care, stay away from the sun and sunbeds, in return, stay healthy and in excellent spirits! I wish you longevity, fitness, and overall good condition.

Additionally information, yes we need the sun to produce Vitamin D in our bodies. Spending fifteen minutes in the sun per day is OK.

This article isn’t intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Thanks for sharing.

Copyright © by Maria Janta-Cooper 2012 All Rights Reserved

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© 2010 Maria Janta-Cooper


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      Tina Benez 

      2 years ago

      I guess that's why I'm 57 and look 37, so no complaints about freckles here! ;) Great article! Well written too! :)

    • jantamaya profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Janta-Cooper 

      4 years ago from UK

      Thank you very much for your comment. I appreciate it.

      Firstly, please do not confuse telomerase with telomeres.

      Telomerase is an enzyme. You do not have some of it when you are extremely young and then it All goes away. It is not true. You can have more or less of it. Remember it is an enzyme!

      Telomeres, I've explained it in my article - see above - are to find at the ends of chromosomes.

      And here is the source you are asking for:

      US National Library of Medicine

      National Institutes of Health:

      “Relationship between Physical Activity Level, Telomere Length, and Telomerase activity” by Andrew Todd Ludlow, Jo B. Zimmerman, Sarah Witkowski, Joe W. Hearn, Bradley D. Hatfield, and Stephen M. Roth Ph.D.

      Conclusion, the results indicate that moderate exercise energy expenditure levels may provide a protective effect on PBMC telomere length compared to both low and high exercise energy expenditure levels.

      In his book, A Life of Optimal Well-Being: Ultimate Guide to Life Management, Medical Prevention and Longevity, Dr. Jacob Allen Shipon writes “Telomerase activity can be restored via a diet centered around whole plant foods, key supplements, regular moderate exercise, and stress management.”

      Other links:

      Relationship Between Physical Activity and Telomere Maintenance in Peripheral Blood Mononucleocytes

      By Andrew Todd Ludlow

      Conclusion: Finally I have to say that, the role of telomeres is far from being understood and scientists are still involved in research on this issue.

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      Sam S 

      4 years ago

      I am currently a biology university student. Telomerase is NOT created when you are physically active. You have some Telomerase when you are extremely young and it ALL goes away, as far as academia knows so far. If you have evidence or a source claiming that Telomerase growth is stimulated by physical activity I would Love to see it.

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      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      This is a very fascinating hub, full of useful information. I used to be a sun worshipper without bothering on putting sunblock until I started to have some dark spots on my face. Boy, it scares me to death! After seeing a derma, now my face is always feasting on sunblock. The dark spot has diminished now but I never go out anymore without sunblock even during winter time.

      Voted up, useful and interesting plus sharing. Thanks.

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      Glenn Stok 

      6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I have always wondered about freckles. I know a couple of people who have them. I found it interesting that you indicate that freckles help skin stay young. Some of this is a little confusing because one of the sources you mentioned at the bottom of your hub indicates that "Freckles do not form on surfaces that have not been exposed to the sun." So I guess I need to do more research to understand this fully. But your hub is a great start with lots of interesting information.

    • jantamaya profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Janta-Cooper 

      6 years ago from UK

      Yes unknown spy, this is like in real life, where there is rain, there will be sun. :-)

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      Not Found 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      some people really hate freckles, though others say it's cute to have them. but i really dont like it at all. reading your hub makes it more interesting how and why we have freckles. if there's disadvantages, there's also advantages of having them

    • jantamaya profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Janta-Cooper 

      7 years ago from UK

      You're the lucky one. Aerobic, yoga, gymnastics are able to make your telomeres longer! :) Have fun.

    • Amber Allen profile image

      Amber Allen 

      7 years ago

      Hi jantamaya

      I knew that having freckles was a cancer risk but I had no idea that having freckles made your skin age more slowly or had other health benefits. I'm in the hardly any freckles camp so I'll have to find some other ways to lengthen my telomeres.


    • jantamaya profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Janta-Cooper 

      7 years ago from UK

      Thanks Docomo :) very much.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      This is really useful and informative, thanks jantamaya.

    • jantamaya profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Janta-Cooper 

      7 years ago from UK

      Nell, this is the right way, but on the other side we produce Vitamin D when our skin is exposed (???) sometimes I don't know what is right to do. I think it's better not to get any cancer, so you must be on the right truck. Greetings to you. MJ

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, I just came back to say that I always wear suncream even in the winter! ha ha my son laughs everytime he sees me with a lot on my face!

    • jantamaya profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Janta-Cooper 

      7 years ago from UK

      Thank Nell. Yes, this is like everything in our lives, good and bad. Hopefully we're ballanced :)MJ

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, well this was fascinating! I never knew that! I love learning new things, I do have a few freckles, in fact a lot when I was little but I grew out of them, it seems on the one hand it is good, but balances up on the other hand that actually it isn't! really interesting, cheers nell


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