Why do I get freckles even with sunscreen?

Why do I get freckles even with sunscreen?

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Freckles, especially if they are on the face (sometimes called beauty spots), can look unnatural and cause concern. 

You may have heard some people claim they get freckles after using sunscreen! Sunscreen, usually produced as a cream, is a product that should be used to neutralize the sun’s harmful rays on the skin. But to what extent are these thoughts correct, and what is the relationship between sunscreen creams and skin spots

In this article from drhealthandbeauty, we discuss the causes of skin Freckles, their solutions, and the effect of sunscreens on skin spots especially Freckles. Stay with us.

Related: “Popping Blackheads: Simple Tips for Clear Skin

However, can sunscreen be a cause of blemishes in addition to its incredible benefits for the skin? Although the stain can be improved to a great extent by using anti-stain cream, first of all, it is better to discover the cause of its occurrence.

Related: “How To Prevent Sunburn Without Sunscreen?

In this part of the article article, we will examine the effect of sunscreen on the formation of spots.

Types of sunscreen

There are two main types of sunscreen:

  1. Physical sunscreens: These types of sunscreens are often create with minerals such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide and neutralize UVA and UVB rays from the skin’s surface. Physical sunscreen locate on the top layer of the skin and, in many cases, is marketed as colored to cover the Freckles, acne and any skin’s dark spots.
  2. Chemical sunscreen: These types of creams are made of chemicals such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate, and they perform their function by releasing the sun’s rays under the skin. Unlike the physical type, chemical sunscreen penetrates entirely into the skin.


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What causes freckles to appear suddenly

Before dealing with the effect of sunscreen on the formation of spots, it is better to familiarize yourself with the causes of freckles and skin spots. Skin spots, if they are freckles, appear when melanin or the same skin pigment accumulates under the skin.

 Skin spots usually appear when a person is exposed to strong sunlight without sunscreen, although sun rays can be one of the common causes of skin freckles  and wrinkles.

 Related: “Why does my skin wrinkle at a young age?”. 

Of course, genetics is also very important. People with dark skin and hair usually suffer from skin blemishes less than people with light skin and hair.

Hormonal changes ( like Pregnancy, especially in the second and third trimester, Menopause ) certain diseases like Autoimmune diseases and Allergic reactions, and certain medications may also lead to skin blotch. 

Related: “How To Prevent Increasing Facial Wrinkles?

With these interpretations, do you think there is a connection between the use of sunscreen and the formation of spots?

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The effect of sunscreen on the formation of blemishes

Does sunscreen cause blemishes? In response to this question, it should be said that sunscreen is not only the cause of skin blobs but can also play a role in preventing them. So ignore such rumors. 

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If you believe that you have spots after continuous use of sunscreen, be sure to pay attention to the following:

  • Failure to use sunscreen correctly

You may have used sunscreen in the sun but do not know how to use sunscreen properly. Sunscreen must cover all skin surfaces to leave its desired effects.

Sunscreen should be used approximately every 2 hours because it loses its effectiveness after this time. 

Therefore, if you do not pay attention to this issue, it is not unlikely that you will still get spots despite applying sunscreen because, after 2 hours, the cream has lost its effectiveness.


When using sunscreen, never be stingy, and do not apply a small amount of it on your skin. Sunscreen is the only skin product recommended for all women and men of all ages. 

If you need help with money, try to buy fewer cosmetics and allocate more of your money to a product that is directly related to the health of your skin.

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  • Choosing the right sunscreen

The effect of sunscreen on the formation of spots may be related to the wrong choice of sunscreen. Each person should choose their sunscreen according to their skin type. 

If you need help figuring out whether your skin is dry, oily, or mixed, we suggest you get help from a dermatologist. Also, note that the sunscreen should have at least SPF 30 to block 97% of the sun’s UV rays.

  • Skin spots are not just caused by sunlight.

As we mentioned earlier in this article, skin spots like liver spots are caused by various factors, and exposure to harmful sunlight is not the only cause of spots. 

Therefore, if you have spots on your face or other parts of your body despite using sunscreen correctly and renewing it regularly after 2 hours, look for the cause in other cases. For example, you may have undergone hormonal changes, Especially during pregnancy; women get dark spots due to the rise and fall of hormones.

 Also, you may have used some medicines, such as birth control pills, and suffered side effects from their use. 

Related: ‘How To Avoid Ectopic Pregnancy Naturally?

Aging and lack of some nutrients can also be effective in causing spots in the skin. In any case, the best solution is to be examined by a dermatologist for more detailed examinations.

Does colored sunscreen cause blemishes?

The difference between colored sunscreen and colorless sunscreen is that pigments are used to create the desired color on the skin. 

However, this issue does not affect the quality of sunscreen in terms of neutralizing the destructive effect of the sun’s rays. 

If the sunscreen has a good protection factor and meets the necessary standards in terms of quality, you do not have to worry about stains.

 Therefore, the mechanism of action of colorless and colored sunscreens is ultimately the same, and none cause skin blemishes.

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  • Coping strategies

There are several ways to prevent skin spots.

    • Sunscreens: Since the sun is the most important cause of skin spots, using the right sunscreen can significantly prevent these spots. It would help if you used sunscreen not only when the weather is sunny but also when it is cloudy. These creams should be used every two hours, immediately after swimming and when sweating a lot.

    •  Laser treatment: The laser beam consists of strong and intense light waves that are concentrated in the area related to the spots and repair the damaged areas. Laser treatment is safe, and there is no risk of scarring. However, it may have side effects such as swelling, dryness, redness, and skin discoloration.
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    •  Cold: Cooling packs and liquid nitrogen can effectively remove stains.

    •  Brightening creams: Brightening and anti-blemish creams can be obtained from any pharmacy. These creams with solid antioxidant properties prevent the tyrosinase enzyme’s activity, gradually lightening the spots.


Related: “Top 10 Homemade Skin Cleansers/ Diamond Clarity


    • Vitamin A creams: These creams contain retinol and are used to heal and repair damaged skin. According to a 2014 study, retinoid creams can absorb the sun’s ultraviolet rays and thus protect the skin from the formation of new freckles.


Related: “Choosing The Right Moisturizer For Your Skin


    •  Natural remedies: There are several natural ways to eliminate freckles on your skin without complications. Of course, the effect of some natural medicines has not been scientifically proven; However, there have been valuable experiences with them, and there is no harm in trying them. Using lemon juice, honey, yogurt, and onion on the skin is one of the ways some doctors recommend to remove the spots in the skin.


It is important to note that having a proper skincare routine is very important for beauty and will prevent many acute skin problems, including skin pigmentation disorder and skin cancer.


The effect of sunscreen on the formation of blemishes is nothing more than a rumor. Neither tinted sunscreen nor regular sunscreen will stain any skin. Sunscreen can prevent blemishes but not cause them. So, if you have used sunscreen correctly and you feel that you have spots, you should know that your spots have another cause, such as hormonal changes, taking some medications, aging, etc. A specialist doctor should do more specialized investigations in this field.

If you have experience in this field or have a question on your mind. Do not hesitate to share with us through the form below.

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Author and specialist

Dr. Majid Zahrabi,


  • Board Certified Neurosurgeon
  • DHA certificate holder
  • Plantation certificate holder, France
  • Certified holder of Discogol, France
  • A pioneer in the non-surgical treatment of disc herniation in the Middle East and CIS countries.
  • Under the training and coaching of Professor Jacques Theron (founder of Discogel Therapy) since 2008
  • More than 400 successful cervical and 1300 lumbar discogel injections
  • Trained and certified several neurosurgeons and spine surgeons in the Middle East and CIS countries for the treatment of Discogel
  • Strong belief in patient-centered care planning and participation
  • Neurosurgeon and spine surgeon at Imam Khomeini and Amir Mazandarani Hospital, Sari, Iran, with more than 430 surgeries annually, 2000-2011
  • Neurosurgeon and spine surgeon at Farmaniyeh, Nikan and Yas Sepid Hospital, Tehran, Iran, with more than 400 surgeries annually, 2011-2012
  • Neurosurgeon at Iranian Hospital, Dubai, 2022-2023
  • Since 2015, he has been working as a reference doctor for the treatment of intervertebral disc herniation with Discogel and has trained many doctors of spine-related specialties in various countries of the Middle East and CIS in person/practically and online.



  • Individual training sessions under the direct supervision of Professor Jacques Theron in Discogel treatment, 2008-2020
  • Training sessions under the supervision of Professor Thierry Boye on spinal implants, 2007
  • Participation and presentation in several national and international medical and neuro-spinal conferences
  • Board certificate by Iran Neurosurgery Board, 2001
  • Neurosurgery assistant training course, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran, 1996-2001 (In 2001, he graduated from Isfahan University of Medical Sciences with the first rank in the country.
  • His thesis the titled:The Application of human amniotic membrane in repair of dura matter in dogs.” ( It was happening for the first time in the world. )
  • General medical education, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran, 1984-1993


Published books:

  • CT scan of the brain for doctors
  • Etiology and treatment of painful spine disorders
  • Atlas of diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of spine disorders
  • The most common mistakes in the treatment of spinal disorders
  • Reading brain CT scan in simple language (3rd place in the book of the year)
  • Treatment of head and spine injuries

Publications and articles:

  • Bacteriostatic and bactericidal effects of DISCOGEL® (https://www.researchgate.net/)
  • Muscle recovery, reduction of pain, and improvement of movement strategies in patients with lumbar discopathy after injection of Discogel.
  • The article on the initial results of the treatment of intervertebral disc herniation with discogel injection, which won the second-best poster rank at the Pan Arab International Congress of Interventional Radiology (March 14-16, 2015) and was accepted for presentation at the Chicago Pain Congress.
  • The use of human amniotic membrane in dura mater repair in dogs, a study for the first time in the world.



  • Annual Congress of Physiotherapists of Iran, 2019
  • Chicago International Pain Congress, 2019
  • Iran International Pain Management Congress, 2018
  • Annual Congress of Physiotherapists of Iran, 2018
  • Presentation of Discogel as an innovative solution for the treatment of spinal disc herniation in Armenia for orthopedic specialists and neurosurgeons, 2017
  • First Live Workshop and Seminar on Minimally Invasive Disc Therapy (DISCON), 2017
  • Presentation of Discogel as an innovative solution for the treatment of spinal disc herniation in Azerbaijan for orthopedic specialists and neurosurgeons, 2016
  • Seminar of Iranian official managers, 2016
  • Presentation of Discogel as an innovative solution for the treatment of spinal disc herniation in Tajikistan for orthopedic specialists and neurosurgeons, 2016
  • International Neurological Intervention Congress in Iran, 2014
  • Educational seminar for nurses on treatment approaches for head and spine trauma, 2014
  • Educational seminar for general practitioners on treatment approaches for head and spine trauma, 2014
  • Speech at the Retraining Seminar for General Practitioners and Specialists in Dubai (Discon) in 2017
  • Speech in the internal retraining courses of Irani Hospital, Dubai
  • Holding lecture sessions and practical workshops on the treatment of intervertebral disc herniation with discogel injection in Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Oman, and Armenia during the years 2015 to 2021.
  • Giving a lecture and holding a practical workshop for neurosurgeons in Vietnam at Ho Chi Minh City University in 2023

Dr. Majid Zohrabi started treating his patients in Dubai in 2022 and continues his activities in private medical centers in the UAE.