I met a beautiful young lady today who wants to get rid of her freckles. She is gorgeous! Strawberry blond hair, her healthy, fair skinned face dotted with light freckles that look so beautiful to me, yet were bugging her. She is considering a serious treatment for removing them, which makes me want to share other options are available to her that can give her the results she is looking for, yet maybe not quite as intensive all at once. (PS This is not a photo of her….her freckles are lighter and she is even prettier!)
So, what are freckles anyway?
“Ephelides (singular: ephelis) is the Greek word and medical term for freckle. This term refers to flat spots that are tan, slightly reddish, or light brown and typically appear during the sunny months. They are most often found on people with light complexions, and in some families, they are a hereditary (genetic) trait. People with reddish hair and green eyes are more prone to these types of freckles. Sun avoidance and sun protection, including the regular use of sunscreen, may help to suppress the appearance of the some types of freckles.” Source – Medicinet
The freckles we are talking about here are not Age Spots, that come with sun damage over time. These are usually darker in color and larger. Read more about “Age Spots: What Are They and How to Get Rid of Them”, although the treatments I like for both are the same.
“Irrespective of skin color, freckling is caused by the uneven distribution of the melanin pigment in the skin. A freckle is essentially nothing more than an unusually heavy deposit of melanin at one spot in the skin.” Medicinet
You can prevent the development of freckles by protecting your skin from the sun. Wearing sunscreen, 30 SPF and reapplying it every couple of hours, wear light loose clothing and a hat that provides coverage and shades our skin from the sun, and avoid sun exposure during peak hours of 10am to 4pm.
Before you attempt ANY type of treatment to lighten or remove your freckles, please have your skin evaluated by a doctor, preferably a Dermatologist, to make sure your “spots” are true benign freckles.
Options for treating or removing freckles:
- Bleaching Creams can help lighten, just make sure you have your doctors approval of the ingredients you select.
- Cryosurgery – Nitrogen freezing in a doctor’s office.
- Laser Surgery - similar in results as cryosurgery, laser treatments offer a variety of intensity offered in a doctor’s office. there are mixed views of results, as some people have experienced other skin affects after.
- Acid Peels – topically applied acids in a variety of strengths to remove the melanocytes. I really like a 20% Acid Peel pH 3.55 with a combination of Glycolic, Lactic and Salicylic Acids. This is a Peel that can be used at home 2 – 3 times a week, with excellent results over a period of a few weeks to a few months. The N-Acetyl Glucosamine treats and prevents hyperpigmentation as well. It is the Celloxylin MD 20EX Acid Peel.
- Photofacial – with intense Pulsed Light. I personally like a milder Far Infrared Light used regularly, over a a period of time to slowly decrease intensity of the freckles. The Derma Firm Illuminator is excellent.
Hope this helps my freckled friends, as much as they bug you, I love them!!
I’m happy to help you order your Celloxylin 20Ex Acid Peel and Derma Firm Illminator. I use both and saw a large Age Spot disappear on my own face! “Hey! Where’d That Age Spot Go?”
Thanks for stopping by!