If those tiny spots on your face aren’t blackheads or moles, then they could be freckles. Freckles appear on skin because certain cells have produced too much pigment.
There are two types of freckles:
Simple freckles are often found on people with fair skin, but can be seem on other skin tones due to genetics. These freckles generally appear during the warmer months and disappear in the winter. Those with green eyes are also proven to be more prone to freckles. Check out some other types of pigmentation that can occur on your face.
Sunburn freckles are due to excessive sun exposure. These freckles normally appear on the nose, shoulder and back. While some may be more prone to sunburn freckles, your genetics are never to blame. Learn to protect your skin from the sun.
If your freckles are caused by genetics then they’ve been around since you were born. These type of freckles are etched into your DNA and no matter what you do your freckles will return. The sun’s ultraviolet rays can burn the skin and cause your melanin to heighten, and melanin is what provides skin pigment.
These foods can help get rid of freckles fast
You have to start somewhere, and since a complete skincare routine may seem intimidating, try watching what you eat. Healthy skin starts from the inside, out. If you want to ensure your freckles are a thing of the past, begin by add these foods to your diet:
- Lemon juice
- Sour cream
Use these skincare ingredients to help get rid of freckles naturally fast
While many skin lightening products are effective, most of them can be detrimental to your health. Certain cancers and skin diseases can stem from using lightening ingredients, which is why you need to know about these natural ingredients.
Vitamin A, also known as retinol, has been used in dozens of pigment-correcting formulas. Its job is to help peel the skin, which promotes expedited cell reproduction. Vitamin A is also used to help lighten acne scars and post -inflammatory marks.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids
When AHAs are placed on the skin they help dissolve skin cells. If your freckles aren’t genetic, they are only imprinted onto a few layers of the skin. Once those layers are shed, your skin will appear freckle-free!
There are several types of AHAs:
- Lactic acid can be found in milk.
- Citric acid is found in citrus fruits.
- Malic acid is extracted from apples.
- Glycolic acid can come from pineapple, sugar cane or cantaloupe.
- Mandelic acid comes from almonds.
- Tartaric acid is found in grapes.
Wear sun protection each and every day
No matter which method you choose to get rid of your freckles, you should always be wearing sunscreen. Even if you aren’t using an ingredient that makes your skin sun-sensitive, you run the risk of ruining all of your hard work. No matter how many skin lightening products you’ve used if you don’t wear sunscreen, the sun has the power to make things worse. To confirm that you aren’t missing any spots, apply two layers of sunscreen onto the skin. Be sure to wear sun protection even if you are inside, because sun rays have the power to invade your home/office.
There are medical procedures that can help get rid of freckles fast
If you want to get rid of freckles for good, you may need to undergo a medical procedure. Don’t worry, most of these treatments don’t require a lengthy recovery time.
Lasers seem to be the answer
Laser treatments have grown quite common over the past few years. A doctor or dermatologist will zap away the extra pigment from your skin with highly powered laser. Be sure this procedure is done by a reputable doctor, otherwise your problem could worsen. Lasers have also been used to get rid of moles, acne scars, and post inflammatory scarring.
Cryosurgery has been proven to work
Cryosurgery helps inhibit the production of melanin by exposing skin cells to extreme cold. When the skin cells are frozen, they die and the melanin will disappear.
Makeup methods will help get rid of freckles, but only for a moment
If you use quality complexion products, you should have no problems covering your freckles with makeup. To fully cover hyperpigmentation, you must have a medium to full-coverage foundation; these foundations include heavier pigment to guarantee you are able to cover freckles. Applying your foundation with a dense synthetic-haired brush, will ensure you aren’t spending too much time on your makeup.
If your freckles happen to be extremely pigmented, you may want to use a color-corrector to help neutralize their color. Colored primers use the complimentary colors of common undertones in order to help diminish their appearance.
Think back to grade school art class:
- If your freckles have a purple undertone, a yellow-based primer can neutralize its appearance.
- If your freckles have a red undertone, a green-based primer can neutralize its appearance.
- If your freckles have an orange undertone, a blue-based primer can neutralize its appearance.
*Primers are transparent and should not affect your makeup look.*
If you want to prevent freckles from appearing, here are a few things you can do:
- Start using sunscreen now, most sun damage happens before the age of 18.
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours to ensure you are protected throughout the entire day.
- The sun is at its peak between the hours of 10am and 4pm, if possible refrain from going outdoors during these times.
- Seeks shade as much as possible. Use sunglasses, hats, and umbrellas when needed.
- If you are going to be in water, be sure your sunscreen is waterproof instead of water-resistant.
Instead of getting rid of freckles, you could find ways to accept them. To many, freckled skin is one of the most beautiful skin types because it contributes to a unique look. Did you know that picture editing software has an option to add freckles? Yes, people are actually adding faux freckles to pictures in hopes to enhance their appearance.