Why Do We Get Freckles?

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  • Your parents may have told you that every freckle on your face was a kiss from an angel, but SciShow is here to ruin that delusion for you.

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    www.medicinenet.com/freckles/article.htm
    www.livescience.com/32478-why-do-we-get-freckles.html
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Comments: 1 407

  • Mariah Francois
    Mariah Francois Day ago

    I am clear skin and have freckles my

  • Human Being
    Human Being 4 days ago

    im paler than paper i used to have red-ish hair then blonde now brown hair (naturally) and i have freckles... my conclusion: IM AN ALIEN SO HELL YAAHH...

  • Alex Wang
    Alex Wang 8 days ago

    I was born with freckles. So were my parents. And I'm Asian. Sad.

  • thatssodeyani
    thatssodeyani 16 days ago

    I have freckles everywhere BUT my face

  • Bethany Murray
    Bethany Murray 21 day ago

    Thanks you. So interesting.πŸ€”

  • Hash Slinger
    Hash Slinger 25 days ago

    How do those subliminal frequency things work to get freckles???

  • The Allstars SHREK
    The Allstars SHREK Month ago

    Oh so that's why my feckless got darker when I went outside for a week

  • Mona Lisa
    Mona Lisa Month ago +1

    I have freckles but I don't go outside 😏

  • Emberclaw
    Emberclaw Month ago

    I just have some above my eye and on my nose lol... And some across my cheeks and I have tan skin.

  • America_joeleen
    America_joeleen Month ago

    I'm a blonde with fair porcelain skin with a tiny amount of freckles

  • Max Penford
    Max Penford Month ago

    Yeah but I have freckles and burn easily, y tho?

  • Krazy CatLady
    Krazy CatLady Month ago

    My mom told me that freckles are kisses from the sun, so I would go in the sun an hope the sun would 'kiss' me
    What I thought was like the sunlight would 'kiss' my skin

  • leila matani
    leila matani Month ago

    I'm just curious to know where my freckles are from πŸ˜‚

  • Okie Gloryy
    Okie Gloryy Month ago

    I'm brown haired naturally and I have freckles (:

  • kaniz Fatema
    kaniz Fatema Month ago

    I saw many comment !!!; I love freckle!!!! lol guys,πŸ˜’πŸ˜’its was s**t

  • Creative Lucy
    Creative Lucy Month ago

    Yo I love my freckles. A lot of people love my freckles now too, love your freckles, they're beautiful! πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜›πŸ˜œ

  • Chingying V. Li
    Chingying V. Li Month ago

    Do all lights activate melanocytes ?

  • Chingying V. Li
    Chingying V. Li Month ago

    Does light bulb increase production of melanin ?????

  • Chingying V. Li
    Chingying V. Li Month ago

    Which light exactly activate melanocytes ?

  • Jonathon Miller
    Jonathon Miller 2 months ago

    I want freckles badly

    • Jonathon Miller
      Jonathon Miller 2 months ago

      If anybody finds a way to get naturally looking ones, PLEASE let me know.


  • Joey's Little Friend
    Joey's Little Friend 2 months ago

    Melanocytes sounds like a parasite that's out to infect me with a incurable disease in my sleep

  • Pinto Bean
    Pinto Bean 2 months ago

    I have blue eyes, dark blonde/ light brown hair, light skin, and lots of freckles (especially in the summer...)

  • Magic inside us
    Magic inside us 2 months ago

    so..."lentigines" is actually "lentiggini" and "freckles" is "efeledi"... my life is a lie

  • Coolkidxdog523 No
    Coolkidxdog523 No 2 months ago

    My mom said freckles make you look cute

  • Ben Thomason
    Ben Thomason 2 months ago

    I wonder if there are black people with spots of *reduced* melanin on their skin. anti-frekles.

  • Celestte Haefner
    Celestte Haefner 2 months ago

    Everyone told me my freckles were souls I had stolen bc I'm a ginger

  • Phoebe Mills
    Phoebe Mills 2 months ago +1

    i have freckles and i dont rlly like them

  • Crazy Potatoes
    Crazy Potatoes 2 months ago

    I only have 3 freckles

    • xGianax
      xGianax 7 days ago

      Crazy Potatoes lemme borrow 2 of em


  • Lorin Enumerables
    Lorin Enumerables 2 months ago

    I have vitiligo soo

  • Kiley Pinkston
    Kiley Pinkston 3 months ago

    It's funny but people *have* tried to find constellations on my face!

  • Irene 94
    Irene 94 3 months ago

    Yup, not all freckled people have red hair. I'm asian who naturally born with black hair and a bit freckles around my arms and legs..

  • Tracy Chavez
    Tracy Chavez 3 months ago

    I used to hate my freckles as a kid, but now I love them!

  • Llama Lover :3
    Llama Lover :3 3 months ago

    I have freckles and they are on my cheeks and nose (basically where people draw them on) but my brother has way more then me and he is one of the first people who have freckles and proud πŸ˜‚

  • #Geminibaby Power
    #Geminibaby Power 3 months ago +1

    My freckles was passed from my dad on to me

  • mrs.brightside
    mrs.brightside 3 months ago +1

    I have black hair olive-tanned skin and still have reddish-brown freckles...

  • Pretty Decent Punk-Rock Fangirl

    MC1R? MCR?? *sobs *

  • Bella Waffle
    Bella Waffle 3 months ago

    Every freckle is a soul I've collected ^-^

  • browsingfloor62
    browsingfloor62 3 months ago

    The story I was always told was the freckles were from angel kisses

  • Foxy Da Pirate O3O
    Foxy Da Pirate O3O 3 months ago

    Once I counted all my freckles.

  • ida maya
    ida maya 3 months ago

    i have acne scars that look like freckles XD

  • swordmljc mljc
    swordmljc mljc 4 months ago

    do ice showers work? what is brown fat? @scishow

  • Alyssa
    Alyssa 4 months ago

    So will there ever be a treatment that evens out the melanin in your skin for people who want to tan? Are there people who don't tan or get freckles? Does that mean they have melanin deficiency? Is there such thing as a melanin deficiency!?

  • BubbleGum Pop
    BubbleGum Pop 4 months ago

    To be honest watching so many people wanting freckles kind of makes me like my freckles

  • BubbleGum Pop
    BubbleGum Pop 4 months ago

    I have freckles but I don't want them and my friend always tells me she wants them

  • FoxHerra
    FoxHerra 4 months ago

    I had lots of freckles when I was young but now I don't have very many at all? what happened? Did my acne scars mess up the spots?

  • Bakerygo
    Bakerygo 4 months ago

    the real question is "how do you get rid of them"

    • BubbleGum Pop
      BubbleGum Pop 4 months ago

      Bakerygo Exactly I have freckles so no offense to anyone that has freckles


  • B Vhocks
    B Vhocks 4 months ago

    So i just have to go outside on a sunny day just to get freckles?!πŸ˜‚

  • David Gamer
    David Gamer 4 months ago +1

    Na my parents sad ur just ugly πŸ˜‚ I need get get my freackles out my plz some one help me text me on instagram @asian_boy530 please help me get them off

  • WascilyWuby
    WascilyWuby 4 months ago

    For me, since I'm a red head, everyone would say the my freckles were souls I've taken. Basically a soul sucker

  • Amanda Brown
    Amanda Brown 4 months ago

    How can I get more freckles without sunburn?

  • Sushi Roll
    Sushi Roll 4 months ago

    "I hope nobody tries to draw constellations on your face"

    *JEANMARCO DROPLETS SHIPPING INTENSIFIES.*

  • Kritika Artha
    Kritika Artha 4 months ago

    How many days can I stay alive without sleeping?

  • Craziipassion _05070507

    I have eye freckles... there are these little colors on my eyes they're white.. my eyes are brown & everybody says wht did I do to them there beautiful πŸ˜‚

  • Rachel Hollars
    Rachel Hollars 4 months ago

    I have freckles literally everywhere but my face. It's so unfair.

  • juicesandberries1
    juicesandberries1 4 months ago

    I absolutely love freckles! They are so cute

  • Kelly
    Kelly 5 months ago

    Nope, I grew up constantly being told by my dad that my freckles are skin damage.

  • Nightstarlady
    Nightstarlady 5 months ago

    throwback to the time when everyone despised freckles but now everyone wants them..?

  • moocyfer 2.0
    moocyfer 2.0 5 months ago

    I must have some hyperactive genes,, when I was little I had a gorgeous face the freckles chocolate brown hair and chocolate eyes when I hit puberty my freckles disappeared my eyes turn green and my hair almost strawberry blonde

  • Jodi Burr
    Jodi Burr 5 months ago

    I have red hair and freckles

  • Spaace
    Spaace 5 months ago

    I hate freckles.

    • BubbleGum Pop
      BubbleGum Pop 4 months ago

      SpaceAussie Rude!!! I have freckles I don't like them that much but I have them


  • BarneySaysHi
    BarneySaysHi 5 months ago

    I my country people say that freckles are the rusty ends of nerves of steel!

  • Someone Irrelevant
    Someone Irrelevant 5 months ago

    I have dark Brown hair and freckles❀ I love my freckles ❀

  • ashley bell
    ashley bell 5 months ago

    I have red hair and freckles

  • watermelon crazy456
    watermelon crazy456 6 months ago

    I want freckles.. ... I have dark blackish hair but my mum has freckles and has brown hair...Will I get freckles???

  • Lottie F
    Lottie F 6 months ago

    I thought if you have the mc1r gene, that's makes you have red hair.

  • Sophia Xu
    Sophia Xu 6 months ago +1

    My parents used to call freckles monkeys... I had an interesting childhood...

  • John Doe
    John Doe 6 months ago

    I have like five freckles

  • Joey's third chin
    Joey's third chin 6 months ago

    both my parents and siblings have almost zero freckles and here I am with a godamn galaxy on my face since I was 3.

  • Mr. Moseby
    Mr. Moseby 6 months ago +1

    *spends 50 hours in sunlight*

  • Miryammailyne Mac
    Miryammailyne Mac 6 months ago

    I love my freckles

  • michelle kearsey
    michelle kearsey 6 months ago +2

    its weird I have olive skin and dark brown hair and hazel eyes but I have freckles on my nose and some below my left eye its weird because most people I know who have freckles are those with light hair super light eyed and fair skin

  • Lucky Freeman
    Lucky Freeman 7 months ago

    1 bottle of Witch Hazel and a hard luffa scrubber once a week for less then a year will completely fade tan spots. less then $2 a bottle at Wal-Mart compared to $5 for expensive name brands. Do Not use any other products on the shelve like alcohol. sunblock to protect your work. You might see lines of white skin because it is disolving top layers.

  • Gianna Costello
    Gianna Costello 7 months ago

    I only get freckles when I stay in the sun

  • Midori Gurin
    Midori Gurin 7 months ago

    Nope my mother told me that my freckles are when I don't sleep they grow on my face XD

  • Dustin McKinney
    Dustin McKinney 7 months ago

    my parents told me they were left over birth duke

  • Balendiavine
    Balendiavine 7 months ago

    I got freckles a little bit but i don't go out enjoying the sun idk why do i have freckles... :I

  • kovacs05
    kovacs05 7 months ago

    Also I have loads of freckles on my arms and my face my freckles are exactly the same as the freckled boys are in the video he looks just like me just I have freckled arms so many on my arms and just the same on my face and I have brown eyes and brown hair I look just like him and does anyone think freckles have powers like there contagious like they can spread

  • Lizzabeth
    Lizzabeth 7 months ago +1

    If you've ever wanted natural looking freckles you can use a light colored eyebrow pencil and lightly dot your face and use also foundation or concealer to play around with it. Believe me, I tried it and it works well

  • kovacs05
    kovacs05 7 months ago

    I've always wanted freckled skin band cause they look cute they just come out in the sun if I have a girlfriend I wish she will be freckled on the arms and face I actually about two months ago realised some freckles popped up on my skin and every time go in the sun for a while I get more and more

  • Anna-M Behr
    Anna-M Behr 7 months ago

    In Winter I have no frakles but in summer I have🌚

    • Anna-M Behr
      Anna-M Behr 7 months ago

      And I have blond/red hair😎


  • 3 Wagging Tails
    3 Wagging Tails 7 months ago +1

    I have 5 freckles on my nose and 4 under my eye but close to my cheek on the right side of my face but no on the left and honestly I love my freckles

  • Bubble _Gamer
    Bubble _Gamer 8 months ago

    I never go outside but that im kid i go outside omg omg how this happen to me i dont want people keep bully me :(

  • Bubble _Gamer
    Bubble _Gamer 8 months ago

    i have a brown hair BEACUSE OF SUNLIGHT BUT I LOVE IT BUT MY FRECKLES NO PLS HELP HOW MY FRECKLES WILL GONE

  • MkaNootsM Cadet
    MkaNootsM Cadet 8 months ago

    I have freckles but they are going away!!!! I just want them to get darker

  • Memes and Shane Is all I need

    Freckles are cute to me πŸ˜‚

  • Clorox Bleach
    Clorox Bleach 8 months ago

    my parents told me freckles where kisses from the sun πŸ˜˜πŸ˜ŠπŸŒžπŸ˜—

  • Clorox Bleach
    Clorox Bleach 8 months ago

    my parents told me freckles where kisses from the sun πŸ˜˜πŸ˜ŠπŸŒžπŸ˜—

  • Sam T.
    Sam T. 9 months ago

    I love my freckles 😊

  • :D
    :D 9 months ago

    I only have one freckle

  • Albasant The great
    Albasant The great 9 months ago

    Freckles are hot

  • *PHOENIXBIRD*
    *PHOENIXBIRD* 9 months ago +2

    I love my freckles (οΎ‰*>βˆ€<)οΎ‰β™‘ you can't see them in pictures though arrrrggg

  • Leslie H.
    Leslie H. 9 months ago

    Are there differences between freckles and birth marks. I have like small brown dots randomly on my body, and this spots rarely are exposed to sun light.

    • ItzzzKylee
      ItzzzKylee 6 months ago

      leslie huang same


    • Lavender
      Lavender 8 months ago

      they're*. Also if you think they're freckles, then they must be. Just suggesting that they're moles because moles are usually brown too.


    • Leslie H.
      Leslie H. 8 months ago

      +Lavender no they look like freckles..their brown and flat not black and bumpy


    • Lavender
      Lavender 8 months ago

      They might be moles lmao


  • Jenna Garcia
    Jenna Garcia 9 months ago

    My freckles are very light because I have a tan-olive skin tone

  • I Will Only Use
    I Will Only Use 9 months ago +1

    I used to not have freckles on my shoulders- none. I went to Jamaica for spring break, and well, was BURNT. I got sun poisoning, and LoTs of my skin peeled off, including pretty much all of both of my shoulders. Now there are big, rectangular, brown freckles sitting on my shoulders. #probablycancer

  • Putinwork25
    Putinwork25 9 months ago

    WHAT ABOUT DIMPLES ??????

  • ImJustawitch xo
    ImJustawitch xo 9 months ago

    Good thing I don't g
    have them!

  • Galaxy Novnov
    Galaxy Novnov 9 months ago

    why do i have dark spots in my eyes?

  • GWN_ Abe
    GWN_ Abe 9 months ago

    how about white spots? (whiter spots instead of darker)

  • Kayla Lem
    Kayla Lem 10 months ago

    MC1R? MCR

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