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    Post The Irish and Freckles

    Why is it that Freckles seem to be so Predominant in the Irish as opposed to any other European population.

    Personally I am a fan of freckles but only in moderation. A few freckles on the face makes it more interesting.

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    Post Re: The Irish and Freckles

    It seems to me I read that freckles were connected to the "ginger gene", the genetic basis for red hair.

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    Post Re: The Irish and Freckles

    It seems to me I read that freckles were connected to the "ginger gene", the genetic basis for red hair.
    Seems likely as Red heads tend to have freckles in greater frequency. Though I have seen my share of freckled blondes.

    It's rare in darker haired people. Perhaps it has something to do with protecting the skin from Sun damage. As only Fair people have Freckles.

    I've never seen a person who coud Tan well with Freckles.

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    Post Re: The Irish and Freckles

    Quote Originally Posted by Northern_Paladin
    I've never seen a person who coud Tan well with Freckles.
    If you mean on the face, then you are mostly right - but I have even seen light skinned Blacks with facial freckles. Lots of Latinos and Italians get freckles on the shoulders from the sun - and they told me "that's a Latin thing" or "that's an Italian thing" - which I found sort of funny.
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    Post Re: The Irish and Freckles

    Quote Originally Posted by Scoob
    If you mean on the face, then you are mostly right - but I have even seen light skinned Blacks with facial freckles. Lots of Latinos and Italians get freckles on the shoulders from the sun - and they told me "that's a Latin thing" or "that's an Italian thing" - which I found sort of funny.
    I was going to mention the same thing and then I read your post, Scoob. I saw quite a few light skinned blacks with freckles too, their freckles being a darker brown than their skin tone; and even some Asians with light brown freckles. My mother has freckles over her shoulders, on her chest and a few on her face and she has brown hair and a medium skin tone (and neither Latino, nor Italian). I get freckles on my nose and cheeks if I don't put sunblock and I'm neither redheaded, nor blonde. My father who has the most reddish hair in the family has a constant pink-red skin tone but no freckles on his face but on his arms. I think there's more to it than being a redhead or blond but in people with red hair it definitely is much, much more common.

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    Post Re: The Irish and Freckles

    It might well be linked to Rufiosity.
    The further North-West you go in Europe, the fairer the skin and the greater the incidence of rufiosity.

    Those who freckl may well have an underlying rufiousness even if it is masked by darker pigmentation in the hair.
    I have freckles (though really just one or two here and there as opposed to being covered with them) along with very pale, easy to burn/hard to tan skin.
    In certain lights, an underlying rufiosity can be seen through the colouring of my hair

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    Post Re: The Irish and Freckles

    Irish typically do have lighter freckles, so the melatonin is obviously lower. When I think of freckles, I picture a Negroid's skin of all freckle pigmentated skin. Just a weird thought I have. So in other words what I am saying is their body is like one great freckle.

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    Post Re: The Irish and Freckles

    Quote Originally Posted by Milesian

    Those who freckl may well have an underlying rufiousness even if it is masked by darker pigmentation in the hair.
    I have freckles (though really just one or two here and there as opposed to being covered with them) along with very pale, easy to burn/hard to tan skin.
    In certain lights, an underlying rufiosity can be seen through the colouring of my hair
    That could be the case, yes. Quite a lot of people have underlying rufosity which only shows under the sunlight or when hair is highlighted by the sun. I had a much lighter reddish brown hair as a kid, more reddish than brown, which turned to a reddish medium brown later on. Like you I get few freckles, here and there on my face and a little more on my chest but unlike you I'm not very pale or totally unable to tan, in fact I can, as I had shown proof.

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    Post Re: The Irish and Freckles

    Yes, but lets keep the proof that you can tan on your chest just between us shall we.....

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    Re: The Irish and Freckles

    It's kinda funny because I have Freckles of all my nationalities on me. The ones on my face are to visable(very light Irish type I presume) Then I have some pretty dark ones from my Med ancestry, like those dark moles lmao. I do not sunburn easily either.My two other nationalities do not really show.

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