Whether you’re born with them or develop them after years of sun exposure, freckles are harmless little spots found prominently on the face, arms or shoulders. While some people like having freckles, others are keener on removing them.
There are several options available to lessen the appearances of freckles, but it is important to keep in mind that you may not be able to permanently remove them. The effectiveness of the treatment option you choose really depends on your skin type.
One of the most common at home remedies is using lemon juice. The acid properties in lemons help to bleach out or fade freckles. Several applications may be required. Another option includes bleaching creams, which are available over-the-counter or via prescription. These creams work to lighten freckles over a few months.
For more intense treatment options, there are chemical peels, photofacials and cryosurgery, all of which should be performed under medical supervision. Chemical peels and photofacials are used to help lighten the pigmentation of freckles, while cryosurgery employs liquid nitrogen to freeze or burn off freckles.