Are Katy patients with freckles at a higher risk for sunburn?
Dr. Seymour Weaver of Katy’s Dr. W Dermatology is a dermatologist who works closely with patients of all ages and skin types. He sees patients who are worried about their freckles and whether or not they are at a higher risk of sunburn or even worse, skin cancer.
Freckles are actually pigmentation that occur due to sun exposure. They are also known as ephelids and are typically not dangerous. However, they may indicate sun damage because they develop due to a response to UV rays as the skin produces more melanin pigment. This is typically why patients experience a fading of their freckles over the winter months and then reappearance of their freckles in the summertime.
It is not uncommon for fair-skinned individuals to have freckles. In addition, fair-skinned individuals tend to burn easier and have more trouble developing an even, attractive tan. Fair-skinned individuals, for the most part, are therefore more susceptible to developing skin cancer because of how sensitive the skin is to UV exposure.
Freckles may not necessarily make a patient more susceptible or a higher risk for sunburn, but the fact that freckles are commonly seen on fair-skinned individuals may be an indication. Freckles themselves are signs of sun exposure, and this is why it is so important for patients to take good care of their skin whenever they plan to be outdoors. Dr. Seymour Weaver suggests patients put sun block on each and every day with SPF 30 or higher to protect their skin from unwanted UV exposure—and therefore reducing their risk of developing not only freckles but skin cancer.
If you live in or around the areas of Katy and Houston, Texas, Dr. Seymour Weaver would like to speak to you about appropriate skin care and protection to avoid problems such as sunburn, freckles, pigmentation issues, and even skin cancer. At Dr. W Dermatology, we want our patients to look and feel their best and keep their health and wellness in check at all times! Call us today to book an appointment at our state-of-the-art dermatological practice and find out how you can protect and save your skin from the hazards of environmental factors.Back to Freckles Page