Freckles are harmless tan spots usually found on the face and torso of people with fair complexion. During wintertime, freckles fade but exposure to sunlight prompts their reemergence during summer time since extremely pale skinned people do not produce enough melanin to protect themselves from the sun. To some people, freckles eventually fade with age, and it is possible to clear freckles nowadays. Because unpleasant for many, freckles can be eliminated with various methods. With the advancement of science and technology, there are many freckles removal methods available, including laser, chemical peel and creams.
Laser freckle removal is one of the most effective methods of getting rid of freckles. This method utilizes laser beam with controlled energy and directs towards the freckle spots. The laser beam diminishes the melamin pigments residing underneath the skin and freckle spots will then disappear. Green lasers are widely used as it is the most effective. Depending on the severity of freckle spots (location/depth of melamin pigments in the skin, duration which they have existed), the duration and difficulty may vary. In general, most patients will experience slight amount of skin irritation after laser is performed, but will usually last no more than two weeks. To ensure long-lasting results, the patients are advised to take special care to the skin by appropriate usage of sunblock creams (if sun exposure is inevitable). It must also be noted that this treatment may not be permanent, as subsequent prolonged exposure to sun will make the freckles to reappear. Then, chemical peel is another way for freckles removal and is widely used for many skin improvements, including freckles, acne, blemish, etc. Usually applied in a doctor’s office or surgery center, skin surfaces under treatment are thoroughly cleansed and chemical peels are applied. Some of the common chemicals used are glycolid, salicylic, carbonic or lactic acids. Upon application of the peel, they dissolve on the skin surfaces and create a “blistering” or “peeling” effect after the peels are removed. The “peeled off” skin surfaces will regenerate themselves and look younger, with less spots and blemished. Slight skin irritation may take place such as redness and itchiness on the applied skin. In some cases, bandages may need to be applied. The discomfort will usually last for several days but will eventually disappear. Similar to laser treatment, the patient must practice caution and care by avoiding direct sunlight. If needed, dermatologist may prescribe oral medicines for faster recovery.
Another popular freckles removal is the use of freckles removal cream. These freckle removal creams are usually off-the-shelf products, or organically-produced at home. The choice is a personal thing – some would prefer well-known off-the-shelf products that have proven track records while some others may prefer organic stuff that are generally more natural and less chemical. Depending on the severity of freckles, the effectiveness of these creams may vary. A general rule of thumb is to opt for freckles removal cream that contains the following ingredients: Kojic acid and Arbutin. These ingredients have proven results and are generally safe. Be extremely cautious, however, to the use of Hydroquinone, which is one possible causes of cancer. For those who prefer home-made stuff, sour milk or lemon juice are excellent ingredients for face wash in freckle removal. One can also try to mix some amount of parsley juice and lemon juice, coupled with daily face wash cream and it produces amazing fading results with consistent use. These were a few of the methods that can be used to get rid of freckles or at least reduce them. At times, these treatments may also be required to be used in conjunction with one another. However, since there are so many options available, it should no more be considered as a problem.