Posted on Published: March 11, Categories Living. By: Author Julie Chiou. If you showed me this photo of myself in middle school or high school, I would take it into Photoshop and erase all the freckles. My parents would always talk about them in a joking way that the one on my cheek is from crying too much and the one on my chin was from eating too much. It affected the way I saw myself. I hated my moles so much that when my mom suggested I laser them off, I went ahead and did it.
A fierce row has broken out in China - and it is all down to some freckles. Li Jingwen, professionally known as Jing Wen, has attracted considerable attention for her freckled appearance in a campaign for a new range of cosmetics for Spanish fashion retailer Zara. Chinese daily Global Times says that her freckles have made her appearance "iconic". But they have sparked debate in Chinese social media, as it is rare for Chinese people to have them.
Freckles are clusters of concentrated melaninized cells which are most easily visible on people with a fair complexion. Freckles do not have an increased number of the melanin-producing cells, or melanocytes , but instead have melanocytes that overproduce melanin granules melanosomes changing the coloration of the outer skin cells keratinocytes. As such, freckles are different from lentigines and moles ,  which are caused by accumulation of melanocytes in a small area.