If I have moles and freckles (but low Vitamin D) should I be limiting sun exposure?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 13, 2012 at 3:25 AM

So every summer - Paleo or not my freckles just make themselves very prominent on my face. I've rarely burnt, used Paleoish sunscreen (just on the face), and worn a hat. I don't have this problem anywhere else on my skin but I do have a good number of stable moles. I've had lowish Vitamin D levels (and so has my mother who also freckles on the face), so I want to get sun without freckles! I'm dark haired and eyed so I don't think I would get skin cancer but just wondering if freckles change the risks of it?

Any suggestions? Thanks.



on July 13, 2012
at 05:22 PM

I love my freckles and get excited about their return each spring. May I ask why you think dark hair and eyes would be protective of skin cancer? Haven't heard that before, would love to know more. I'm dark haired with blue eyes.

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on July 13, 2012
at 03:46 AM

I'm the same way. I supplement with Vitamin D but nothing can replace getting in the sunshine. I embrace my freckles!


on July 13, 2012
at 03:59 AM

I'm in the same boat: pale skin that tans, doesn't burn, freckles, moles, dark hair and eyes. My mother's scandinavian and dad's Mexican with Indian, Spanish and Irish ancestry. So I really don't know how my risk adds up.

From what I've heard, freckles and moles - particularly ones you've had since you were a baby or that are in places where the sun never hits you, are signs that you are at a greater risk for skin cancer, but that doesn't mean that actually getting them causes the increased risk.

Even when I was totally SAD and CW and slathering myself with sunscreen, wearing long sleeves in 100 degree weather and staying indoors between 10 and 4, I still had freckles and moles.

I think you should do your best to avoid injury (sunburn) but carry on eating healthfully and getting some fresh air and sunshine each day. Keep an eye on your moles and try not to worry.

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