A lot of women have issues with having their skin being freckle less. Given it’s a natural thing and while some like them, others don’t, I personally think they are beautiful. There are many reasons for their appearance like prolonged exposure to the sun can cause them to surface. I guarantee that they are harmless but if you don’t want them spotting on your skin here’s some really good news; they can not only be minimised but also reduced or even completely eliminated.
If you’d like to eliminate your freckles the high-tech way, lasers will do the trick. Freckles are caused by melanin, and melanin absorbs the spectrum of laser light. The laser light negates the freckle, leaving just the keratinocyte cells beneath. Generally, a doctor (usually a dermatologist, cosmetic surgeon or general practitioner) will use a ruby- or green-colored, low-powered “Q-switched” laser light to blast away each freckle. This process is called fractional resurfacing, or it’s known by its brand name, GentleLASE. Since freckles are located at the very top level of the skin, the procedure is not invasive, and the laser won’t damage any tissue on its way to the freckles. However, since it’s a laser burning things off your skin, the process may cause irritation. After-effects include crusting and minor bruising. Your doctor may apply a topical cream to minimize discomfort.
There are a few old folk remedies for removing freckles at home with common foods, and they’re surprisingly effective. Washing your face in sour milk may not make freckles go away completely, but it will at least lighten their tone. The key ingredient is lactic acid, and there’s a higher concentration of lactic acid in sour milk than in milk that hasn’t soured. Simply wash with sour milk and water.A similar method is a sour cream mask. The thick, creamy, taco-topper is applied to the face, where it stays for 10 to 15 minutes to allow the lactic acid to absorb into the skin. It’s then washed off with water. It’s a good idea to apply moisturiser afterwards to prevent dryness.
Another common freckle buster is to rub them with lemon juice. The active ingredient in lemon juice is citric acid, which is a natural bleaching agent. In fact, citrus extracts are often used in skin care products because they’re a skin “equalizer,” or pigment and spot reducers. Also called a chemexfollation or derma-peel, a chemical peel is an outpatient or office procedure in which the doctor places a chemical solution on the face that causes the top layer of skin to redden, blister and shed. What’s exposed is a new layer of fresh skin, which is not only smoother but is without blemish — at least without as many blemishes as it had before. Freckles fall into that “blemish” category. The chemicals used in a chemical peel include glycolic acid (an alpha hydroxy acid peel), salicylic acid (used in consumer-level astringents) and lactic acid (found in sour milk). The doctor will put the chemicals on one small patch of face at a time, every one to four weeks. Treated skin feels hot for a few minutes after treatment and then stings for hours afterward. The area then looks and acts like a bad sunburn. Over the course of three to seven days, it reddens, peels, scales and flakes off. But when all that’s over, you have fresh, freckle-free skin.
People who are more susceptible to sunburn are more likely to accumulate freckles. For example, because their genetic makeup gives them pale skin, redheads often have freckles. If you’re someone who tends to collect freckles, after you do away with them, you’ll probably accumulate replacements unless you change something. Vitamin C not only prevents germs from infecting you and making you sick, it also prevents the sun from adversely affecting your skin. It literally prevents pigment from clustering into freckles. Make sure to consume at least the daily- doctor recommended amount of vitamin C, either in foods or as a supplement. Similarly, vitamin E is thought to gradually equalize pigmentation. In other words, it makes your skin more uniform in tone. And, of course, wear sunscreen of at least SPF 15 whenever you’re going to be out in the sun for even a short amount of time.
So that’s all for now. Try following up on these methods and the results would definitely be good. Freckles are not difficult to handle and if you play around with them carefully I personally believe they look super cute anyway.
Remember stay beautiful and have a good day.
Redah Misbah Qureshi
Depilex – Beauty Clinic & Institute