Stay Young With Freckles Advantages and Disadvantages of Spotted Skin
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.
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