Lentigines, commonly referred to as “freckles” or “sun spots,” are small brown spots on the skin that arise in areas of sun exposure. They are more common in fair-skinned individuals and are more prominent in summer months. In most cases, freckles are benign and simply result from excessive UV radiation exposure that stimulates the overproduction of melanin.



Lentigines are small light to dark brown spots on the skin that can range in shape from round to jagged. They are more common on sun-exposed surfaces.



Because a malignant melanoma can also appear as an irregularly-shaped brown spot on the skin, it is important to consult with a dermatologist who can assess the lesion. There are numerous treatments to fade freckles including prescription creams, chemical peels, liquid nitrogen and laser therapy.

*This webpage is for informational purposes and is not intended to be, and should not be relied upon as, medical advice. Any medical concerns should be addressed with a physician.