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What's the difference between freckles and sunspots? These are the facts you need to know.

What's the difference between freckles and sunspots? These are the facts you need to know.

Spot the difference

Text: Sinead Lee

Editor: Jolene Khor


Image: Instagram: @mulan_bae

Due to a combination of overexposure to UV rays and sunscreen negligence (repeat after us: apply sunscreen every damn day), we've seen our fair share of uneven skin pigmentation and sunspots on our otherwise decent complexion. Thank goodness for concealer, amirite?

Unlike feigning interest when a co-worker shows you pictures of their kids (aww... baby Christine), you can't keep up the facade when it comes to the conditions of your skin. When your face is stripped bare, those sunspots, fine lines and that low self-esteem have no place to hide. But how do you know it's really discolouration from progressive sun damage staring back at you in the mirror and not your natural freckles playing a game of mindf—k? It's a cruel optical illusion.

Since differentiating a sunspot from a freckle can be extra tricky, here's the low-down on their distinctive markers: freckles are actually hereditary, small (like a pinhead) and dusted across the nose and cheeks. They typically make their debut during adolescence and fades with age. Sunspots, howbeit, can develop to around the size of those silver wrapped Hershey kisses, accumulate with age, and tend to manifest on the areas of your skin that receive the most sun exposure over a lifetime  such as the side of your face, neck, nose, forehead, and the back of your hands.     

We're practically bordering on mum territory so to complete the experience, we've rounded up three products that will help quell those avoidable specks.

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