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How Can You Deal With Freckles?

Dr. Saurabh Sharma 89% (108 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, DNB (Dermatology)
Dermatologist, Amritsar
How Can You Deal With Freckles?

Freckles are not always unwanted. While some people can't stand them, a few people find them cute. However, everybody loves clear skin and to achieve that it is essential to bid farewell to freckles. Freckles are tiny brown spots that are caused by an increased production of melanin in the skin cells.

People with sensitive skin are more prone to freckles than others. If you're looking for a way to get clearer skin, here are a few remedies to help you deal with freckles: 

  • Use sunscreen: The first step towards fighting freckles is to prevent them. Freckles are a result of exposure to the sun and hence using a good sunscreen every day is a must. Choose a sunscreen that fights both UVA and UVB rays. The more your exposure to the sun, the higher the amount of SPF needed. 
  • Bleach them with lemon juice: Lemon juice is the best form of natural bleach. Apply freshly squeezed juice or bottled lime juice onto the skin and leave for 15*20 minutes. Do this twice a day to see your freckles fade. Along with bleaching the skin, the citric acid also helps tighten the skin and makes you look younger. 
  • Increase your intake of vitamin C: Vitamin C helps lighten the skin. Apart from the limes and lemons, kiwis, tomatoes, bell peppers and papaya are good sources of vitamin C. 
  • Use sour milk and sour cream: Sour milk and sour cream contain lactic acid that inhibits melanin production and lighten the skin. Wash your face with sour milk three to four times a day. You may rinse your face with water a little while after each sour milk wash. Apply the sour cream on your face as a mask and leave on for 15*20 minutes. This will help your skin absorb the lactic acid. 
  • Mask them with honey: Apply a mixture of honey and warm water over the freckles. Let it sit for a while and then rinse with lukewarm water. Follow this by rinsing your face with cold water. Alternatively, you could try a mask of honey and yogurt. Leave this mask on for at least half an hour. 
  • Try a fruit peel: Along with eating them, you could also put fruit directly on your skin to fight freckles. Blend fruits like strawberries, papaya, pineapple and cucumber and apply it on your face. As it dries the top layer of skin sticks to the fruit and is peeled off. With repeated use, you will notice your freckles fade away.

If none of this works, you could also try skin lightening creams or chemical peels and laser freckle removal. 

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झाइयों का आयुर्वेदिक इलाज - Jhaiyon Ka Ayurvedik Ilaaj!

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Singh 87% (192 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
झाइयों का आयुर्वेदिक इलाज - Jhaiyon Ka Ayurvedik Ilaaj!

कई त्वचा संक्रमणों में से एक है रंजकता या झाइयां जिसके कारण चेहरे का रंग असामान्य हो जाता है. त्वचा के द्वारा निर्मित मेलेनिन त्वचा को रंग देता है. मेलेनिन का कम उत्पादन कुछ क्षेत्रों में हाइपोपिगमेंटेशन का कारण बनता है जो त्वचा को सफेद धब्बों की ओर ले जाता है या जिसके कारण त्वचा पर हल्के रंग के पैच बन जाते हैं. आइए चेहरे से झाइयाँ को हटाने के आयुर्वेदिक इलाज को इस लेख के माध्यम से जानें.
1. संतरे का छिलका
संतरे के छिलकों को सूरज के सामने सूखने के लिए रख दें. तब तक रखें जब तक ये डिहाइड्रेटेड न हो जाएँ. जब एक बार सूख जाएँ फिर छिलकों को मिक्सर में डालकर एक पाउडर तैयार कर लें. पाउडर में अन्य बची सामग्रियों को भी डाल दें. अब इस मिश्रण को अच्छे से चलाने के बाद प्रभावित क्षेत्रों पर लगाएं. इस मिश्रण को त्वचा पर 20 मिनट के लिए ऐसे लगा हुआ छोड़ दें. फिर अपनी त्वचा को गुनगुने पानी से धो लें. हफ्ते में तीन से चार बार इस प्रक्रिया को दोहराएं.
2. एवोकाडो
एवोकाडो को तब तक मैश करें जब तक इसकी गुठली बनना कम न हो जाये. अब मैश एवोकाडो को त्वचा पर लगाएं और इसे फिर आधे घंटे के लिए ऐसे ही लगा हुआ छोड़ दें. फिर अपनी त्वचा को गुनगुने पानी से धो लें. एक महीने के लिए इस पेस्ट को पूरे दिन में दो बार ज़रूर लगाएं. एवोकाडो में विटामिन सी और ओलिक एसिड होता है जो झाइयों के लिए एक बेहतरीन उपाय है.
3. हल्दी पाउडर और नींबू
एक कटोरे में दोनों सामग्री को मिला लें और एक मुलायम पेस्ट तैयार कर लें. अब अपनी त्वचा को सबसे पहले साफ़ कर लें और फिर इस मिश्रण को अपनी त्वचा पर लगाएं. 15 मिनट तक इस मिश्रण को लगे रहने दें. फिर अपनी त्वचा को गुनगुने पानी से धो लें. इस मिश्रण को रात को सोने से पहले पूरे दिन में एक बार ज़रूर लगाएं. हल्दी को आमतौर पर सभी के घरों में इस्तेमाल किया जाता है.
4. सेब का सिरका
सबसे पहले सेब के सिरके को पानी में मिला लें. अब इस मिश्रण को अपने प्रभावित क्षेत्रों पर लगाएं. इस मिश्रण को पांच मिनट के लिए ऐसे ही लगा हुआ छोड़ दें. फिर अपनी त्वचा को गुनगुने पानी से धो लें. जब तक आपको नतीजा न दिख जाये तब तक इसका इस्तेमाल पूरे दिन में दो बार ज़रूर करें. सेब के सिरके में मौजूद एस्ट्रिजेंट गुण त्वचा के प्राकृतिक रंग को बनाये रखने में मदद करते हैं.
5. उपचार करें खीरा से
एक कटोरे में सबसे पहले सारी सामग्री को मिला लें. अब इस मिश्रण को अपनी त्वचा पर लगाएं. अब मिश्रण को दस मिनट के लिए त्वचा पर ऐसे ही लगा हुआ छोड़ दें. फिर अपनी त्वचा को गुनगुने पानी से साफ़ कर लें. रोज़ाना इस मिश्रण को पूरे दिन में दो बार लगाएं. खीरा त्वचा को फिर से निखारने के लिए जाना जाता है.
6. चंदन की लकड़ी
सभी सामग्रियों को एक साथ मिला लें और एक मुलायम पेस्ट तैयार कर लें. अब इस पेस्ट को अपने प्रभावित क्षेत्रों पर लगाएं. पेस्ट को लगाने के बाद इसे आधे घंटे के लिए ऐसे ही लगा हुआ छोड़ दें. अब इस पेस्ट को गुनगुने पानी से धो लें. इस पेस्ट को पूरे दिन में दो बार ज़रूर लगाएं. चंदन एक बेहद प्रभावी ब्लड प्यूरीफायर है जो झाइयों का इलाज करने में मदद करता है. ये सामग्री आमतौर पर सनस्क्रीन में इस्तेमाल की जाती है. चंदन सूरज की किरणों से बचाने में बेहद लाभदायक सामग्री है.
7. कच्चे आलू
सबसे पहले आलू को धो लें और उसे फिर आधे आधे हिस्से में काट लें. अब कटे हिस्से के ऊपर पानी की कुछ मात्रा डालें. फिर आधे आलू को प्रभावित क्षेत्रों पर सब तरफ से लगाएं. अब दस मिनट तक इसे ऐसे ही लगा हुआ छोड़ दें और फिर प्रभावित क्षेत्र को गुनगुने पानी से साफ़ कर लें. पूरे दिन में तीन से चार बार एक महीने के लिए इस प्रक्रिया को करते रहें. आलू को चेहरे पर रगड़ने से झाइयां, काले धब्बे जैसे निशान कम होते नज़र आएंगे.
8. कच्चे आलू
सबसे पहले आलू को धो लें और उसे फिर आधे आधे हिस्से में काट लें. अब कटे हिस्से के ऊपर पानी की कुछ मात्रा डालें. फिर आधे आलू को प्रभावित क्षेत्रों पर सब तरफ से लगाएं. अब दस मिनट तक इसे ऐसे ही लगा हुआ छोड़ दें और फिर प्रभावित क्षेत्र को गुनगुने पानी से साफ़ कर लें. पूरे दिन में तीन से चार बार एक महीने के लिए इस प्रक्रिया को करते रहें. आलू को चेहरे पर रगड़ने से झाइयां, काले धब्बे जैसे निशान कम होते नज़र आएंगे.
9. उपाय है दही
एक चम्मच फूल फैट दही लें. अब दही को अपने प्रभावित क्षेत्रों पर लगाएं. फिर 20 मिनट के लिए इसे ऐसे ही लगा हुआ छोड़ दें. अब त्वचा को गुनगुने पानी से धो लें. दही को हफ्ते में दो बार ज़रूर लगाएं. दही में लैक्टिक एसिड होता है जो त्वचा को एक्सफोलिएट करने में मदद करता है और मेलानोसाईट को धीरे धीरे कम करता है. ये झाइयों के दौरान खराब होने वाली त्वचा को भी ठीक करता हैं.
10. टमाटर
एक कटोरे में ये सभी सामग्रियों को एक साथ मिला लें. अब इस मिश्रण को अपने प्रभावित क्षेत्रों पर लगाएं. जब तक ये मिश्रण सूख न जाये तब तक इसे बीस मिनट तक लगाकर रखें. फिर अपनी त्वचा को गुनगुने पानी से धो लें. इस पेस्ट को पूरे दिन में एक बार ज़रूर लगाएं. टमाटर में प्राकृतिक ब्लीचिंग उत्पाद होता है और टमाटर से बना फेस मास्क त्वचा को फिरसे निखारने में मदद करता है.

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Freckles and How To Deal With It?

Dr. Amit Kerure 91% (12 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy, Dr. Alex Ginzburg Clinic
Dermatologist, Navi Mumbai
Freckles and How To Deal With It?

Freckles are not always unwanted. While some people can't stand them, a few people find them cute. However, everybody loves clear skin and to achieve that it is essential to bid farewell to freckles. Freckles are tiny brown spots that are caused by an increased production of melanin in the skin cells. People with sensitive skin are more prone to freckles than others. If you're looking for a way to get clearer skin, here are a few remedies to help you deal with freckles. 

Use sunscreen: The first step to fighting freckles is to prevent them. Freckles are a result of exposure to the sun and hence using a good sunscreen everyday is a must. Choose a sunscreen that fights both UVA and UVB rays. The more your exposure to the sun, the higher the amount of SPF needed. 

Bleach them with lemon juice: Lemon juice is the best form of natural bleach. Apply freshly squeezed juice or bottled lime juice onto the skin and leave for 15-20 minutes. Do this twice a day to see your freckles fade. Along with bleaching the skin, the citric acid also helps tighten the skin and makes you look younger. 

Increase your intake of vitamin CVitamin C helps lighten the skin. Apart from limes and lemons, kiwis, tomatoes, bell peppers and papaya are good sources of vitamin C. 

Use sour milk and sour cream: Sour milk and sour cream contain lactic acid that inhibit melanin production and lighten the skin. Wash your face with sour milk three to four times a day. You may rinse your face with water a little while after each sour milk wash. Apply the sour cream on your face as a mask and leave on for 15-20 minutes. This will help your skin absorb the lactic acid. 

Mask them with honey: Apply a mixture of honey and warm water over the freckles. Let it sit for awhile and then rinse with lukewarm water. Follow this by rinsing your face with cold water. Alternatively, you could try a mask of honey and yogurt. Leave this mask on for at least half an hour. 

Try a fruit peel: Along with eating them, you could also put fruit directly on your skin to fight freckles. Blend fruits like strawberries, papaya, pineapple and cucumber and apply it on your face. As it dries the top layer of skin sticks to the frit and is peeled off. With repeated use, you will notice your freckles fade away.

If none of this works, you could also try skin lightening creams or chemical peels and laser freckle removal. 
 

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How To Manage Freckles?

Dr. Rahul Balmiki 88% (12 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Skin & VD
Dermatologist, Lucknow
How To Manage Freckles?

Skin complexion varies and is caused by the skin pigmentation known as ‘melanin’, produced by cells called melanocytes, which gives skin the colour. The more amount of melanin, the darker the complexion. Melanin has a protective effect against sun exposure, as it reduces damage caused by the sun on the skin. It is proven that people with a darker complexion (with more melanin) are less prone to damage from sun exposure.

What are they? Freckles are cells that contain more amount of melanin compared to the surrounding areas. It is a common sight where some people have small, tiny black/brown spots on their faces. These spots may also be present on the hands, elbows, neck, back, etc., but are most obvious in the face. These are known as freckles.

Causes: Freckles are very common, and they are triggered by exposure to sunlight. The melanocytes absorb the sun and produce more melanin, thereby causing freckles. They are a natural reaction of the skin to the sun.

  • It runs in families, and children are likely to have freckles if the parents had them.

  • It also depends on complexion – fair people are more prone to have freckles than dark people.

  • Tanning, whether done by the sun or in a salon, also increases the chances of having freckles.

  • In some people, the freckles appear in the summer and disappear in the winter.

  • While some precancerous lesions may start off as tiny brown spots and be mistaken for freckles, freckles per se are not cancerous.

Management: While there are stories that freckles are angel kisses, they are not true. Freckles do not bring any good luck charm and can be prevented and avoided to improve overall skin and esthetic appeal.

Prevention is the first option, and if you are genetically disposed to have freckles, it is best to take measures that can reduce freckles. Avoiding or reducing sun exposure and using good sun protection can help in reducing the number of freckles and the darkness of the freckles.

Freckles can be treated by one of the following:

  1. Topical Creams- Though widely used, these contain bleaching agents which act on the entire skin and not just the freckles. Retin-A is one of the widely used products.

  2. Laser- Considered the best method for freckle removal, a beam of the laser is used to get rid of the unwanted melanocytes which produce melanin. This not only reduces freckles, it also improves skin tone and colour.

  3. Cryotherapy- Liquid nitrogen is used to freeze the melanin-producing cells, thereby removing freckles.

If you have freckles, try these measures for getting rid of them. Once that is done, preventing freckle formation with limiting sun exposure and sun protection is extremely essential.

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How Can You Get Rid Of Freckles?

Dr. Anil P. Trimbake 90% (24 ratings)
MD - Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Dermatologist, Karad
How Can You Get Rid Of Freckles?

123921It is perhaps impossible to find a woman who doesn’t imagine her face without the freckles when she looks into the mirror. Though they may be called 'kisses from the sun', every woman would love to kiss those freckles goodbye. With many advances in cosmetic procedures, the good news is that you can completely get rid of your freckles and say hello to a perfect face. Read on to know more about what freckles are and how they can be managed.

What are they?

The skin contains a pigment called melanin which is responsible for the skin color. So, higher the melanin concentration, darker will be the complexion. In some people, however, based on genetic background, there can be areas of concentrated melanin deposits which become visible in an unbecoming manner, especially in fair complexioned people. These deposits are known as freckles or ephelis, which appear as light brown or flat black spots. The freckle formation is aggravated by exposure to sun, especially before the age of 18, and can be dormant during winter months. Exposure to UV-B light in particular has shown to increase melanin formation, making the freckles more prominent and darker. Though found usually on the face, areas like the neck, shoulder, and hands can also be affected – completely depending on sun exposure.

How to get rid of them?

Treatment is a two-pronged approach for freckles that is prevention and treatment. As mentioned above, freckles have a direct correlation to sun exposure. Avoiding sun and using maximum sun protection is the best way to avoid freckles, if you have a genetic predisposition. Avoid going out in the sun without using sun protection. A good sunscreen lotion with an SPF of at least 20, a wide-brimmed hat, a scarf, sunglasses are all essential when you head outside.

Treatment

If the damage is already done, then laser treatments are a great way to deal with freckles. Here is how it works:

  • After thoroughly cleansing the face, the eyes are covered and a thin layer of cooling gel is applied on the face.
  • The face is cooled by using a cooling device. A laser light is then applied in a series of short pulses on specific areas of skin where freckles are concentrated.
  • The melanin deposits in the freckles then break down without affecting the surrounding area.
  • A post-treatment laser cream and sunblock is then applied, and the entire procedure does not take more than 45 minutes.

The success rate of treating freckles with laser is quite high, leading to a freckle free face within a few months. Multiple sessions may be required depending on the age of the freckles, the size, the type and the color. Darker freckles will require more intense therapy naturally. In most people, 4 to 5 sessions with break of 3 to 4 weeks in between are generally required. Talk to your dermatologist today to find out if your freckles can be vanquished using this magical beam of light.

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Ways To Get Rid Of Freckles!

Dr. Sandesh Gupta 92% (5137 ratings)
MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD)
Dermatologist, Delhi
Ways To Get Rid Of Freckles!

It is perhaps impossible to find a woman who doesn’t imagine her face without the freckles when she looks into the mirror. Though they may be called 'kisses from the sun', every woman would love to kiss those freckles goodbye. With many advances in cosmetic procedures, the good news is that you can completely get rid of your freckles and say hello to a perfect face. Read on to know more about what freckles are and how they can be managed.

What are they?

The skin contains a pigment called melanin which is responsible for the skin color. So, higher the melanin concentration, darker will be the complexion. In some people, however, based on genetic background, there can be areas of concentrated melanin deposits which become visible in an unbecoming manner, especially in fair complexioned people. These deposits are known as freckles or ephelis, which appear as light brown or flat black spots. The freckle formation is aggravated by exposure to sun, especially before the age of 18, and can be dormant during winter months. Exposure to UV-B light in particular has shown to increase melanin formation, making the freckles more prominent and darker. Though found usually on the face, areas like the neck, shoulder, and hands can also be affected – completely depending on sun exposure.

How to get rid of them?

Treatment is a two-pronged approach for freckles that is prevention and treatment. As mentioned above, freckles have a direct correlation to sun exposure. Avoiding sun and using maximum sun protection is the best way to avoid freckles, if you have a genetic predisposition. Avoid going out in the sun without using sun protection. A good sunscreen lotion with an SPF of at least 20, a wide-brimmed hat, a scarf, sunglasses are all essential when you head outside.

Treatment

If the damage is already done, then laser treatments are a great way to deal with freckles. Here is how it works:

  • After thoroughly cleansing the face, the eyes are covered and a thin layer of cooling gel is applied on the face.
  • The face is cooled by using a cooling device. A laser light is then applied in a series of short pulses on specific areas of skin where freckles are concentrated.
  • The melanin deposits in the freckles then break down without affecting the surrounding area.
  • A post-treatment laser cream and sunblock is then applied, and the entire procedure does not take more than 45 minutes.

The success rate of treating freckles with laser is quite high, leading to a freckle free face within a few months. Multiple sessions may be required depending on the age of the freckles, the size, the type and the color. Darker freckles will require more intense therapy naturally. In most people, 4 to 5 sessions with break of 3 to 4 weeks in between are generally required. Talk to your dermatologist today to find out if your freckles can be vanquished using this magical beam of light.

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6 Remedies To Help You Deal With Freckles!

M. Ch. (Plastic Surgery)
Dermatologist, Pune
6 Remedies To Help You Deal With Freckles!

Freckles are not always unwanted. While some people can't stand them, a few people find them cute. However, everybody loves clear skin and to achieve that it is essential to bid farewell to freckles. Freckles are tiny brown spots that are caused by an increased production of melanin in the skin cells.

People with sensitive skin are more prone to freckles than others. If you're looking for a way to get clearer skin, here are a few remedies to help you deal with freckles: 

  • Use sunscreen: The first step towards fighting freckles is to prevent them. Freckles are a result of exposure to the sun and hence using a good sunscreen every day is a must. Choose a sunscreen that fights both UVA and UVB rays. The more your exposure to the sun, the higher the amount of SPF needed. 
  • Bleach them with lemon juice: Lemon juice is the best form of natural bleach. Apply freshly squeezed juice or bottled lime juice onto the skin and leave for 15*20 minutes. Do this twice a day to see your freckles fade. Along with bleaching the skin, the citric acid also helps tighten the skin and makes you look younger. 
  • Increase your intake of vitamin C: Vitamin C helps lighten the skin. Apart from the limes and lemons, kiwis, tomatoes, bell peppers and papaya are good sources of vitamin C. 
  • Use sour milk and sour cream: Sour milk and sour cream contain lactic acid that inhibits melanin production and lighten the skin. Wash your face with sour milk three to four times a day. You may rinse your face with water a little while after each sour milk wash. Apply the sour cream on your face as a mask and leave on for 15*20 minutes. This will help your skin absorb the lactic acid. 
  • Mask them with honey: Apply a mixture of honey and warm water over the freckles. Let it sit for a while and then rinse with lukewarm water. Follow this by rinsing your face with cold water. Alternatively, you could try a mask of honey and yogurt. Leave this mask on for at least half an hour. 
  • Try a fruit peel: Along with eating them, you could also put fruit directly on your skin to fight freckles. Blend fruits like strawberries, papaya, pineapple and cucumber and apply it on your face. As it dries the top layer of skin sticks to the fruit and is peeled off. With repeated use, you will notice your freckles fade away.

If none of this works, you could also try skin lightening creams or chemical peels and laser freckle removal. 

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5 Ways You Can Treat Moles & Freckles!

Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
5 Ways You Can Treat Moles & Freckles!

Moles are the most common form of physical identification proof, but are often unwanted. Moles and freckles are common skin irregularities that make a person consider cosmetic surgery. Moles can be described as non-cancerous skin lesions that develop when dark skin cells are bound together in small clusters. Almost everyone has one or more mole on their body. However, freckles are simply skin discolorations that appear on light skinned people.

There are a number of ways in which moles and freckles can be removed.

  1. DermabrasionThis is a procedure where a small wheel is run over your skin to remove the top layer. Dermabrasion is performed under anaesthesia and is a very effective way of removing freckles and flat moles.
  2. Laser SurgeryLaser surgery involves the use of concentrated beams of light to remove the topmost layer of skin. As this top layer is removed, freckles and light, flat moles are also destroyed thus leaving you with a clear complexion. In some cases, multiple sessions may be required to completely remove moles and freckles. Laser surgery is not recommended for large moles or moles that protrude out of the skin.
  3. Shave excision: This is a surgical procedure that involves cutting off the raised section of a mole with a sharp scalpel. It does not require any sutures, but may not remove the entire mole. This surgery is often suggested in cases where a mole had grown to protrude from the skin but the discolouration itself does not bother the person. There is a very low risk of scarring associated with this procedure but the mole may recur.
  4. Punch Excision: Small protruding moles can also be removed with a punch excision procedure. Here, a doctor will use a small cutting apparatus in the form of a small, cylindrical punch to twist and remove the entire mole. One of two sutures may be required to close the skin in this area.
  5. Surgical Excision: This procedure is suggested in cases of large moles. In such cases, the surgeon will remove the entire mole and close the skin with sutures. This procedure may leave a scar behind, but in most cases, this scar is not very prominent.

In rare cases, moles can be malignant and hence it is not recommended to try removing a mole at home. For this reason, you should always a consult a surgeon if a mole appears suddenly appears or begins to look suspicious. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Freckles - What Causes It?

Dr. Tarun Mittal 87% (19 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, DVD
Dermatologist, Dehradun
Freckles - What Causes It?

Skin complexion varies and is caused by the skin pigmentation known as ‘melanin’, produced by cells called melanocytes, which gives skin the colour. The more amount of melanin, the darker the complexion. Melanin has a protective effect against sun exposure, as it reduces damage caused by the sun on the skin. It is proven that people with a darker complexion (with more melanin) are less prone to damage from sun exposure.

What are they? Freckles are cells that contain more amount of melanin compared to the surrounding areas. It is a common sight where some people have small, tiny black/brown spots on their faces. These spots may also be present on the hands, elbows, neck, back, etc., but are most obvious in the face. These are known as freckles.

Causes: Freckles are very common, and they are triggered by exposure to sunlight. The melanocytes absorb the sun and produce more melanin, thereby causing freckles. They are a natural reaction of the skin to the sun.

  • It runs in families, and children are likely to have freckles if the parents had them.
  • It also depends on complexion – fair people are more prone to have freckles than dark people.
  • Tanning, whether done by the sun or in a salon, also increases the chances of having freckles.
  • In some people, the freckles appear in the summer and disappear in the winter.
  • While some precancerous lesions may start off as tiny brown spots and be mistaken for freckles, freckles per se are not cancerous.

Management: While there are stories that freckles are angel kisses, they are not true. Freckles do not bring any good luck charm and can be prevented and avoided to improve overall skin and esthetic appeal.

Prevention is the first option, and if you are genetically disposed to have freckles, it is best to take measures that can reduce freckles. Avoiding or reducing sun exposure and using good sun protection can help in reducing the number of freckles and the darkness of the freckles.

Freckles can be treated by one of the following:

  1. Topical Creams- Though widely used, these contain bleaching agents which act on the entire skin and not just the freckles. Retin-A is one of the widely used products.
  2. Laser- Considered the best method for freckle removal, a beam of the laser is used to get rid of the unwanted melanocytes which produce melanin. This not only reduces freckles, it also improves skin tone and colour.
  3. Cryotherapy- Liquid nitrogen is used to freeze the melanin-producing cells, thereby removing freckles.

If you have freckles, try these measures for getting rid of them. Once that is done, preventing freckle formation with limiting sun exposure and sun protection is extremely essential. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Bid Freckles Goodbye With These Tips!

Dr. Lakshmi Manasi 89% (84 ratings)
Diploma In Dermatology
Dermatologist, Visakhapatnam
Bid Freckles Goodbye With These Tips!

The complexion of a person is determined by a pigment known as melanin. More the amount of melanin in a person, darker the complexion. The benefit of melanin is effective sun protection, and it prevents damage from sun exposure.

We have noticed people with dark (brown/black) spots that are darker than the surroundings skin. Commonly affected areas are the face, neck, hands, back, etc. These are melanin concentrated areas and become more visible in fair complexioned people. They are caused due to overproduction of melanin by the melanocytes, which are responsible for the production of melanin.

Now, what causes freckles is not clearly established, though the following are proposed.

  1. Exposure to sunlight: The cells responsible for melanin production absorb the sun and therefore produce excessive melanin. This is a natural defence mechanism of the skin.
  2. Ethnicity: Races with white skin are more likely to have freckles than races with darker skin.
  3. Weather: Some people tend to have freckles only in the summer with fairly clear skin during the winter.
  4. Genetics: If your parents or siblings have freckles, the chances of you having it are quite high.
  5. Tanning: Whether by natural means of greater exposure to the sun or artificially done if the salon, increases the chances of developing freckles.

Treatment: There are rumours stating that freckles are “angel kisses,” and “good night charms” and should not be removed as it would bring bad fortune. This is, however, not true and for purely cosmetic reasons, they need to be removed. The commonly affected age group (<30) also is cosmetically sensitive, and therefore the need to treat these.

Prevention is the best and the first solution. Whether by race, heredity, or lifestyle, if you are prone to develop freckles, ensure you are taking the necessary steps to avoid getting freckles in the first place. Avoid sun exposure without sun protection, avoid tanning, and you will be surprised how you can actually prevent freckles. Watch out for weather changes and avoid sun exposure. Reducing the amount of sun exposure can also help in keeping the freckles light, thereby not making too much of a cosmetic concern.

If prevention is not possible, some of the effective treatment measures include:

  1. Topical creams: These contain bleaching agents like Retin-A. One disadvantage though is that it acts on the entire skin and not just the freckles.
  2. Laser: A beam of the laser is used to get rid of the unwanted melanocytes which produce melanin. It also improves skin tone and colour.
  3. Cryotherapy: Liquid nitrogen is used to freeze the melanin-producing cells, thereby removing freckles.

After treating freckles, preventing freckle formation with limiting sun exposure and sun protection is extremely essential. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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