Can You Really Get Rid of Freckles?

- September 27, 2021

Freckles are a harmless group of pigmented cells - the cells that give skin its colour - that usually appear as tan or brown spots or dots. They are usually found on the face, neck, chest and arms, as these are the areas most exposed to the sun, but can be found anywhere on the body. Freckles are very common and are not usually a health threat. They tend to appear more frequently in the summer and early autumn as most people get more exposure to the sun during these seasons. Typically, freckles are more common in people with fair or pale skin, lighter coloured eyes and red hair.

Whitening Freckle Removal Set

 Whitening Freckle Removal Set

How are freckles caused?

Freckles are small dots of extra pigmentation on the skin, caused by the natural overproduction of melanin. You will most often find them on the face, arms, legs and other areas exposed to the sun. These spots are usually flat in texture and brown, tan or red in colour. Freckles usually become darker in the summer or any time you are exposed to the sun for a long period of time.


Freckles are usually associated with genetics and are most commonly found in fair-skinned people. These spots are completely harmless, so you certainly don't need to get rid of them if you don't want to. However, if you notice any dark spots that are growing, changing shape or bulging, make sure you see a dermatologist.


How to get rid of freckles

A common suggestion to reduce the appearance of freckles is a chemical peel facial. This can be done in a dermatologist's office or by a reputable aesthetician. Chemical peels can safely remove the top layer of skin to reveal a smoother complexion - often with fewer or lighter freckles - underneath.


Another option that can be performed in a dermatology office is laser treatment. Many people choose this treatment to remove unwanted pigmentation from the skin. The skin actually absorbs the light energy emitted by the laser beam, which evaporates the unwanted melanin and brightens the visible pigment.


It is important to note that limiting exposure to real and artificial sunlight - for example from tanning beds or sunbeds - will help prevent the appearance of more freckles as well as the darkening of existing freckles. And be sure to wear a sunscreen with at least SPF 50 or higher every day - especially when in direct sunlight - especially if you are fair-skinned or have red hair.

What about prevention?

When you are scheduling treatment to reduce the appearance of freckles, it is also important to discuss preventative measures. Staying out of the sun and wearing an adequate SPF sunscreen is the best way to prevent new freckles from forming. If you have fair skin, a sunscreen with SPF 50 or higher may help prevent freckles while preventing skin cancer.


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