How To Get Rid of Freckles Naturally and Its Causes
Freckles are harmless clusters of pigment cells—the cells that give the skin its colorthat usually appear as tan or brown spots or dots. They are often found on the face, neck, chest and arms, as these are the areas most exposed to sunlight, but can be found anywhere on the body.
Freckles are very common and generally do not pose a health threat. They tend to appear more often in the summer and early fall because most people are more exposed to the sun during those times. Usually, freckles are more common in people with fair or pale skin, lighter eyes and red hair.
Freckles are small brown spots on the skin. They are usually more common in people with fair skin and appear after exposure to the sun as a reaction to the skin being stimulated by UV light. They can form on the face, hands, arms, or anywhere else on the skin that is exposed to the sun.
Two people with a similar skin tone who spend a similar amount of time in the sun can still have a huge difference in the number of freckles. The answer appears to be genetic. Studies have shown that people with the MC1R gene are more likely to have freckles, as are people who are often out in the sun without adequate protection.
One way freckles differ from moles is that they are not growths, so they cannot be cut off. The only effective way to fade and/or remove freckles is to stay out of the sun or use freckle removal technology.
Causes Of Freckles
Human skin can react very quickly when exposed to the sun. Even just a few minutes outside on a high UV day can cause sunburn in some people. This also applies to freckles. Even a small amount of time exposed to UV rays can result in freckles.
Ultimately, it’s good that our skin can react so quickly to changing conditions – it’s an evolutionary function designed to protect us from the sun – but the rapid onset of freckles can certainly be frustrating for freckle sufferers! Fortunately, freckle removal treatments can start working effectively almost as quickly.
How To Reduce Freckles
Even if your freckles are harmless, you may want to get rid of them. But can you remove freckles? The answer is tricky. While you may not be able to get rid of your freckles completely, your dermatologist can recommend a few ways to make them fade over time.
To fade your freckles, your dermatologist may recommend:
1. Laser therapy
Effective for many pigment irregularities, laser therapy can also remove freckles. Lasers can fade extra pigmentation, increase collagen production and resurface the skin with new cells. Most clients require several cycles of treatment.
2. Chemical Peel
A chemical peel involves applying a chemical solution to the skin that causes the outer layer to peel away, revealing the new skin underneath.
3. Topical creams
Topical products such as retinoids can help reduce the appearance of sun-damaged skin. There are also products to fade freckles and other pigmentation problems. However, always consult your dermatologist before using an over-the-counter skin product.
Dermatologists may recommend this treatment to remove the cells that cause freckles.
Always consult a dermatologist about freckle removal before trying any over-the-counter product or natural remedy. Professional dermatological treatments can solve your skin problem safely and with minimal side effects. Many people with freckles have perfectly healthy skin, and professional treatment will help you avoid unwanted damage
5. Sun protection
Freckles often fade with age. The first step for both conditions, freckles and pigmentation, is to ensure adequate protection in the form of limiting sun exposure with hats, full body clothing and also using sunscreens.
Natural Remedies For Rid of Freckles
Full disclosure, there is no evidence that natural remedies can completely fade freckles, but some do help treat them.
1. Lemon juice
Mix a few drops of lemon juice with honey and apply it to the freckled skin using a cotton pad. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse, then apply moisturizer and repeat twice a week for best results.
2. Aloe vera
Take fresh aloe vera gel in your palms and massage it on your freckles for two to three minutes.
Make a paste of turmeric and milk. Apply to face and let dry. When washing, first wet your face, wait until it is wet and then wash it off.
Take fresh yogurt in a bowl and massage your freckles with your fingertips. Antioxidants present in yogurt can help keep signs of aging like freckles under control.
5. Eucalyptus oil
Eucalyptus oil is used in beauty rituals to inhibit tyrosinase activity and melanin synthesis, which in turn fights hyperpigmentation. Mix a few drops of eucalyptus oil mixed with a carrier oil (such as sweet almond) and apply to freckles. Leave on for 20 minutes and gently wipe with a washcloth.
6. Pomelo essential oil
Mix 2-3 drops of pomelo essential oil and mix with a carrier oil such as jojoba or grapeseed oil. Apply to freckled areas, leave on for 20 minutes and wash off with water.
7. Banana peels
Rub the peel of a ripe banana on your freckles and leave the juice on for 20 minutes.
Lemon juice: This natural bleach can lighten freckles quickly. The problem is that lemon juice doesn’t work on freckles caused by sun exposure because they are darker and more irregularly spaced across the skin.
8. Sour cream mask
Milk and sour cream are very effective in fighting freckles. Make a mask and apply it on your face and let it absorb. What happens here is that the lactic acid in the milk exfoliates the outer skin on the face and lightens the freckles.
9. Fruit peels
You can blend the fruit and apply it on your face. This will make it easier for the natural acids in the fruit to peel away the top layer of skin and lighten freckles. Strawberries and kiwis, as well as cucumbers and apricots, are very effective.
Will sunscreen prevent freckles?
The right sunscreen, applied correctly, can prevent freckles. For better UV protection, choose a sunscreen with a higher SPF rating and make sure you follow the directions.
Still, some people are so prone to freckles that even with conscientious sun protection measures like sunscreen, some freckles are virtually impossible to avoid.
Additionally, while sunscreen will prevent freckles, it will not reverse or remove freckles that are already present on the skin. More complex and sophisticated measures are required to effectively remove freckles.
Can you get rid of freckles permanently?
We have several treatment options designed to get rid of your freckles permanently. We have access to lasers, serums and chemical peels, all of which are very helpful in fading and removing freckles.
However, even after we take steps to lighten or remove your freckles, you are still at risk of developing more freckles in the future. If you’re committed to a freckle-free look, it’s important to not only treat the freckles you have, but also prevent them from forming. Stay smart in the sun, wear a wide-brimmed hat and apply plenty of sunscreen.
Does vitamin C remove freckles?
A vitamin C serum can help with freckles, but some freckles are more permanent than others. However, when applied in the form of a serum, vitamin C definitely lightens freckles. In addition to having a number of other benefits, the serum suppresses melanin cells and rejuvenates your skin. Vitamin C can help with discoloration and will lead to brighter, healthier looking skin over time. It also protects the skin from free radical damage.
Will a chemical peel remove freckles?
A chemical peel is a process in which chemicals are applied to the skin, resulting in exfoliation and peeling of old and damaged skin. Chemical peels have many benefits such as young-looking and rejuvenated skin, but chemical peels can also have the added benefit of removing or significantly lightening freckles.
There are several different types of chemical peels. The basic procedures are surface peelings that exfoliate only the upper layers of the skin. More demanding treatments, such as deep and medium peels, are stronger and exfoliate more skin. A superficial peel will not have a big impact on freckles, but a moderate peel should lighten or remove these spots.
Are freckles bad?
Freckles are benign, so there is nothing to worry about if you have them. They appear when your skin is overexposed to harmful UV rays. However, the appearance of freckles indicates that your skin has suffered photodamage. This can increase the chance of developing melanoma (a type of skin cancer). Therefore, it is necessary to take preventive measures to prevent further damage to the skin.
Is there downtime?
There is no downtime with this procedure, you just have to expect your dark age spots and freckles to actually get darker. Depending on the treatment area, the exfoliation period can last from one week to three weeks. For example, the face heals extremely quickly and the pigment should fade within a week. The further you move down the body, the longer it takes for the pigment to fade.
To me it feels like a gentle snap of a rubber band. We also combine the treatment with a local numbing cream and cold air flow. In our office, we use an additional device called a Zimmer, which blows a cool 32 degrees on the treated area at the same time as the laser. The stream of cold air acts as a form of anesthesia, making the treatment more comfortable.
Is there ever a point where you should be afraid of freckles?
If you’ve noticed over the years that you get freckles in the summer and they fade in the winter, those types of freckles probably won’t turn into skin cancer. If you have new spots that are raised, bleeding, or darker in color (like blue or black), get them checked out. Common freckles are 1 to 2 millimeters, so keep an eye on anything that grows.
Why do some people have more freckles than others?
Freckles are related to the type and amount of melanin in the skin. People who have red or blonde hair or fair skin usually have more “pheomelanin” which is associated with freckles.