I am especially asking women who did not have freckles genetically, but got them from hormonal changes, perhaps in from going on the pill or from getting older. I never had any (neither parent does to this day) until my mid thirties. I never wore sunscreen until I turned forty, mostly because I don't really burn (I am half-Japanese). I started using it then, but never really noticed a decrease in freckling. I am now 48.
Since most alternative sources seem to state that non-genetic freckling is caused in part by estrogen, and also sugar consumption, I hoped that going Paleo (and greatly lessening sugar intake) would have an effect. After four months on Paleo/primal, I see no difference (though the four months have included summer). I am curious if anyone else has noticed any change.
By the way, I have also been taking astaxanthin and have swapped my fish oil for krill oil mostly because I had read that it provides a natural, internal sunscreen. But the freckles are still there.
What has been your experience?
asked bytbunchylulu (1205)
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on October 24, 2012
at 11:26 AM
No, but I have noticed some difference from Retin-A (which probably isn't paleo). Not sure if what I have is really "freckles" or just "age spots" or some more general sort of sun damage, but either way Retin-A has lightened the dark spots. I'm about your age.