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Remove Freckles - Getting rid of freckles

While some people find freckles lovable, especially for those with red hair, but not everyone is as excited about having freckles, either adults or children who hate to be teased about their freckles. However, it is well known there is not a magical formula to remove them from one day to another. Getting rid of freckles requires time, patience and continuous care.

There are two basic types of freckles: the ephelides, which refer to the flat spots that are red or light-brown and typically appear during the sunny months and fade by themselves in the winter, and the lentigines that many children may develop as small tan, brown, or black spot which tends to be darker than an ephelisdes type freckle and do not fade in the winter with the risk to be occasionally a symptom of a rare genetic syndrome.

Freckles are just pigment cells contained within the skin in small batches of spots developed randomly on the skin, especially after repeated exposure to sunlight. They are not harmful or the sign of any health problem. Freckles are usually light brown or tan but the color can vary from tan, red, yellow, light-brown, brown, or black but are easy to identify because they are always darker than the skin around them. Freckles are flat, and are smaller than the head of a pin, although sometimes they overlap and run together making them look larger, so consider if getting rid of freckles is worth the effort. After all, it may be cool and distinctive to keep them.

However, if you have decided to start the battle against them, keep in mind that several dermatologists strongly recommend prescription-strength retinoids for the treatment of freckles, while other modern treatments for lightening freckles suggest also freezing them with liquid nitrogen, as well as the use of strong chemical acid peels, dermabrasion, or forceful ablative laser treatments. Chemical peels are two main different types, superficial, and deeper. Superficial peels, including glycolic peels, are able to remove freckles after many repeated treatments while deeper peels will get rid of freckles all at once, but at the cost of a more significant recovery time. Resurfacing may get rid of freckles and age spots, but usually are painful and may damage healthy skin, cause scarring and require lengthy recovery times.

On the other hand, one of the most conventional and used treatments for freckles is the use of bleaching agents, which the main function is masking the appearance of freckles in an attempt to fade the freckles to a color approximating that of the surrounding skin, but sometimes their use may result in an undesirable appearance lightening or darkening the skin surrounding the spots, calling even more attention to the area than getting rid of the freckles.

Occasionally, bleaching agents cause chemical burns or rashes, particularly in people with sensitive skin, even causing unpleasant irritation and breakouts, although some individuals have had success using alpha hydroxy acids on a regular basis, combined with sun avoidance and the use of sunblock factor 15 and above to getting rid of freckles while protecting their skin. In fact, the sun causes the darkener risk factor using chemical or natural bleachings such as lemon juice.

Spending too much time outside in the sun may help cause freckles in some individual or make them darker. Kids who have fair complexions and their skin and eyes are light in color are most likely to have freckles as well as people with fair skin light complexion who has less melanin in his or her skin to begin with, but some of their melanocytes make more melanin than other. Melanin is a chemical produced by the skin cells called melanocytes and responsible to protect the skin from sun damage by reflecting and absorbing ultraviolet rays. The more melanin individuals have in their skin, the tanner the look. Such fair skin people when are exposed to the sun instead of getting a suntan, they may easily get freckles.

Today getting rid of freckles is easily achieved with lasers treatment because the treatment can be pinpointed at even a very small spot causing very small lesions to the skin. Other methods used in the quest to getting rid of freckles include the intake or topical application of Retin-A, which is a good treatment, but may take several months of use of the product before seeing good results.

Tips for Freckles - Prevent freckles by taken some of these preventive measures

* Wear a hat to keep the sun from directly hitting your face.

* Use sunscreen or sunblock with UV factor 30+

* If you can avoid peak sun hours, between 10 am and 4 pm when the sun is most intense wherever you live.

* Check out your medications since some things you apply to your skin or take internally may cause skin sensitivity such as antibiotics, birth control pills and some topical products that cause sun sensitivity including alpha hydroxy acids and benzoyl peroxide.

* Ask your doctor to determine if what you use on your face or take internally would make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

* Stay as far as you can from tanning beds because these devices expose your skin to lots of pigment-inducing UV radiation; one tanning bed session is equal to a whole day spent at the beach without sun protection.

* Look for over-the-counter fading creams containing hydroquinone and follow the directions and precautions on the package carefully.

For getting rid of freckles you need to be consistent because even a few minutes of unprotected sun exposure each single day will add freckles to your face and/or other parts of your body.

Natural and home remedies to get rid of freckles

There are also several natural remedies to fade or get rid of freckles such as washing your face with sour milk because lactic acid provides a gentle peeling effect without irritating or drying your skin. Also lemon juice is a time proven freckle fighting remedy but do avoid the sun directly after application. It is not necessary to rub your skin with a slice of lemon, just apply the juice with your fingers as if it was a regular lotion.

Fruit and vegetable masks made with mashed cucumbers, apricots, strawberries or red currant improve your chances to getting rid of freckles the same as sour cream mask, but do not rinse such masks completely, just remove them gently with a facial tissue, then apply a non-chemical moisturizer. If your skin is oily, use lemon juice before applying any mask and never leave to pay attention to control sun exposure.

Finally, a mixture of natural parsley juice or parsley infusion with equal amounts of lemon juice, orange juice, and red currant juice under your favorite cream will help you keep your freckles invisible while you get rid of them.

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