Another factor is that as we get older, we can also get "age spots", these are different from freckles but the major cause of them is also sun exposure. Because of this, age spots often occur in areas exposed to the sun, predominantly on the face and hands (I wouldn't have had any of these guys when I was younger).
So how do we tell the difference between the two?.
"Freckles are small flat brown marks on the face and other sun exposed areas. They usually occur in fair skinned people and those with red hair, but they can sometimes occur in darker skin types as well. The medical term for these freckles is ephilides. The colour is due to pigment accumulating in the skin cells. As a person ages this type of freckle generally become less noticeable. Apart from sun protection, no particular treatment is required," Dr Galgut explains. (Post continues after gallery.)