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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    Sources:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2071942
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25155575
    https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/gene/MC1R
    http://genetics.thetech.org/ask/ask195
    http://www.medicinenet.com/freckles/article.htm
    http://www.livescience.com/32478-why-do-we-get-freckles.html
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Comments: 1 385

  • Creative Lucy
    Creative Lucy 4 days ago

    Yo I love my freckles. A lot of people love my freckles now too, love your freckles, they're beautiful! 😘😘😂😂😊😛😜

  • Chingying V. Li
    Chingying V. Li 5 days ago

    Do all lights activate melanocytes ?

  • Chingying V. Li
    Chingying V. Li 5 days ago

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

  • Chingying V. Li
    Chingying V. Li 5 days ago

    Which light exactly activate melanocytes ?

  • Jonathon Miller
    Jonathon Miller 8 days ago

    I want freckles badly

    • Jonathon Miller
      Jonathon Miller 8 days ago

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


  • Joey's little freind

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

  • Joslyn Hawley
    Joslyn Hawley 15 days 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 16 days ago

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

  • Coolkidxdog523 No
    Coolkidxdog523 No 20 days ago

    My mom said freckles make you look cute

  • Ben Thomason
    Ben Thomason 25 days ago

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

  • Celestte Haefner
    Celestte Haefner 28 days ago

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

  • Phoebe Mills
    Phoebe Mills 29 days ago

    i have freckles and i dont rlly like them

  • Crazy Potatoes
    Crazy Potatoes 1 month ago

    I only have 3 freckles

  • Lorin Enumerables
    Lorin Enumerables 1 month ago

    I have vitiligo soo

  • Kiley Pinkston
    Kiley Pinkston 1 month ago

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

  • Irene 94
    Irene 94 1 month 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 1 month ago

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

  • Llama Lover :3
    Llama Lover :3 1 month 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 😂

  • #Geminibaby Power
    #Geminibaby Power 1 month ago

    My freckles was passed from my dad on to me

  • mrs.brightside
    mrs.brightside 1 month ago

    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 1 month ago

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

  • browsingfloor62
    browsingfloor62 2 months ago

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

  • Foxy Da Pirate O3O
    Foxy Da Pirate O3O 2 months ago

    Once I counted all my freckles.

  • ida maya
    ida maya 2 months ago

    i have acne scars that look like freckles XD

  • swordmljc mljc
    swordmljc mljc 2 months ago

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

  • Alyssa
    Alyssa 2 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 2 months ago

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

  • BubbleGum Pop
    BubbleGum Pop 2 months ago

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

  • FoxHerra
    FoxHerra 2 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 2 months ago

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

    • BubbleGum Pop
      BubbleGum Pop 2 months ago

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


  • B Vhocks
    B Vhocks 2 months ago

    So i just have to go outside on a sunny day just to get freckles?!😂

  • David Gamer
    David Gamer 2 months ago

    Na my parents sad ur just ugly 😂 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 2 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 2 months ago

    How can I get more freckles without sunburn?

  • Sushi Roll
    Sushi Roll 2 months ago

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

    *JEANMARCO DROPLETS SHIPPING INTENSIFIES.*

  • Kritika Artha
    Kritika Artha 2 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 😂

  • Rachel Hollars
    Rachel Hollars 3 months ago

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

  • juicesandberries1
    juicesandberries1 3 months ago

    I absolutely love freckles! They are so cute

  • Kelly
    Kelly 3 months ago

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

  • Nightstarlady
    Nightstarlady 3 months ago

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

  • moocyfer 2.0
    moocyfer 2.0 3 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 3 months ago

    I have red hair and freckles

  • Spaace
    Spaace 3 months ago

    I hate freckles.

    • BubbleGum Pop
      BubbleGum Pop 2 months ago

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


  • BarneySaysHi
    BarneySaysHi 3 months ago

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

  • Ronja Msp
    Ronja Msp 3 months ago

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

  • ashley bell
    ashley bell 3 months ago

    I have red hair and freckles

  • watermelon crazy456
    watermelon crazy456 4 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 4 months ago

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

  • Sophia Xu
    Sophia Xu 4 months ago

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

  • John Doe
    John Doe 4 months ago

    I have like five freckles

  • Joey's third chin
    Joey's third chin 4 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 5 months ago

    *spends 50 hours in sunlight*

  • Miryammailyne Mac
    Miryammailyne Mac 5 months ago

    I love my freckles

  • michelle kearsey
    michelle kearsey 5 months ago

    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 5 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 5 months ago

    I only get freckles when I stay in the sun

  • Midori Gurin
    Midori Gurin 5 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 5 months ago

    my parents told me they were left over birth duke

  • Balendiavine
    Balendiavine 5 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 5 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 5 months ago

    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 5 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 6 months ago

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

  • 3 Wagging Tails
    3 Wagging Tails 6 months ago

    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

  • Kid Toys Channel
    Kid Toys Channel 6 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 :(

  • Kid Toys Channel
    Kid Toys Channel 6 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 6 months ago

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

  • Meggie z
    Meggie z 7 months ago

    Freckles are cute to me 😂

  • Clorox Bleach
    Clorox Bleach 7 months ago

    my parents told me freckles where kisses from the sun 😘😊🌞😗

  • Clorox Bleach
    Clorox Bleach 7 months ago

    my parents told me freckles where kisses from the sun 😘😊🌞😗

  • Sam T.
    Sam T. 7 months ago

    I love my freckles 😊

  • :D
    :D 7 months ago

    I only have one freckle

  • Albasant The great
    Albasant The great 7 months ago

    Freckles are hot

  • *WHO ME?*
    *WHO ME?* 7 months ago

    I love my freckles (ノ*>∀<)ノ♡ you can't see them in pictures though arrrrggg

  • Leslie H.
    Leslie H. 7 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.

    • Itzzz Kylee
      Itzzz Kylee 4 months ago

      leslie huang same


    • Lavender
      Lavender 6 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. 6 months ago

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


    • Lavender
      Lavender 6 months ago

      They might be moles lmao


  • Jenna Garcia
    Jenna Garcia 7 months ago

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

  • I Will Only Use
    I Will Only Use 8 months ago

    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 8 months ago

    WHAT ABOUT DIMPLES ??????

  • XxZara xX
    XxZara xX 8 months ago

    Good thing I don't g
    have them!

  • Galaxy Novnov
    Galaxy Novnov 8 months ago

    why do i have dark spots in my eyes?

  • GWN_ Abe
    GWN_ Abe 8 months ago

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

  • Kayla Lem
    Kayla Lem 8 months ago

    MC1R? MCR

  • optikleriunutmusum
    optikleriunutmusum 8 months ago

    then how do people get dark hair with fair skin or dark skin with fair hair?

  • Betty Brown
    Betty Brown 8 months ago

    i got my freckles starting to appear in photos after like i was 4 or something but if you say that its from sunlight then why are my and my classmates freckles bright as fuck in the netherlands

  • January727
    January727 8 months ago

    can you do an episode about moles?? thanksss

  • XOrhythm
    XOrhythm 9 months ago

    i hate Freckles. im never in sunlight, so i guess that should help

  • Pumpkin Le Dog
    Pumpkin Le Dog 9 months ago

    Oml, freckles are so cute!


    *goes out and tries to be in front of sun*


    I actually got a few freckles ●□●

    • cutea
      cutea 8 months ago

      did u really get freckles? because mine is like fading away ;-;


    • cutea
      cutea 8 months ago

      are you serious


    • Pumpkin Le Dog
      Pumpkin Le Dog 8 months ago

      +Limelines
      But, freckles are cute. Why would you want to get rid of them? Cri.


    • Limelines
      Limelines 8 months ago

      why would you try to get freckles ;-;

      do you have any idea what I'd give to get RID of mine?


  • Daniel Enriquez
    Daniel Enriquez 9 months ago

    Do you wanna know why we have freckles? well we dont know thanks for watching :)

  • Sarah Arndt
    Sarah Arndt 9 months ago

    My grandma always told me that my freckles were "butterfly kisses" and my dad always told me that I was standing too close to the back end of a cow

  • Sydney Hammer
    Sydney Hammer 9 months ago

    I want frecklessssssss!!

  • Justin Hurst
    Justin Hurst 9 months ago

    please please please do a a show on the 'secret cure for cancer."

  • Christian Smith
    Christian Smith 10 months ago

    Why do we have to refrigerate some foods and not others? For example, why does mayonnaise and cooked meat need to be kept cool while peanut butter will stay good for months even after opening? I don't understand why bacteria would grow easily in some foods and not others as most have the needed macro molecules bacteria would need.

  • Fionafication
    Fionafication 10 months ago

    my told told me i have freckles because I fell asleep by the screen door as a baby lol

  • Alia Hicks
    Alia Hicks 10 months ago

    Huh!

  • Kazekage Gaara
    Kazekage Gaara 10 months ago

    My dad told me a fairy shit on my face and that's why I have freckles.

  • Lulula Leeloo
    Lulula Leeloo 10 months ago

    I want freckles.... Both my friends (yes I only have two XD) have freckles.. They say they look ugly while I'm here putting light and dark brown marker on my face XD

  • Destiny Godwin
    Destiny Godwin 10 months ago

    So anyone can't just get freckles from being in the sun a lot? I really want freckles ☹️

    • Kohliaten!
      Kohliaten! 10 months ago

      +Spade lolliman you'll hate them they don't just appear on your face like you see on pics their ugly and I'm getting them removed


    • Lulula Leeloo
      Lulula Leeloo 10 months ago

      Lol same XD I'm not lying but I have never had a sunburn In my LIFE! Probably because I'm tan af but I WANG FRECKLES SO BADDD


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