Monday, September 12, 2011

Freckle Removers

Many people suffer from freckles and would benefit from learning about freckle removers that are available to restore their skin, and give them the blemish free skin they desire. Freckles are caused by excessive and uneven skin pigmentation called melanin. They are usually most common on people with a fair complexion but anyone can get freckles.

Having freckles is genetic and their formation is triggered by sunlight. Ideally it is easier to prevent the formation of freckles in the first place, but if it is too late for that all is not lost.

There are both chemical and natural methods for getting rid of freckles. The most common treatments include:

1. Retinol which will lighten the skin and is effective if used for a long time. Products with a high concentration may need a doctor's prescription.

2. Laser treatments can be very effective in giving your skin a flawless appearance. However you must very careful to choose someone who knows what they are doing. There is some discomfort and possible redness and swelling and maybe even blisters. The treatments can also be very expensive.

3. Bleaching agents. These can be bought easily over the counter but can also be expensive and have side effects with skin irritation.

4. Liquid nitrogen which is applied to the freckle and "freezes" it. The skin will blister and eventually peel off. It can also leave a permanent white mark where the freckle was. Some freckles however will not respond to this treatment.

There are natural products that you can use at home as freckle removers. They are cheap and easy to make with very few side effects. There is also the added advantage of being able to use them in your own home without having to make appointments, or pay the high prices of some other treatments.

These natural treamnets include:

1. Applying sour cream as a face mask. Do not wash it off, just wipe off leaving a small amount on the skin.

2. Lemon juice is another old favourite and is a very popular choice to help lighten freckles

3. Washing your face with sour milk helps to promote a gentle peeling of the skin, thus lightening your freckles

4. Horseradish juice.

Of course when using any freckle remover treatment, natural or otherwise, you need to avoid the sun and use a good quality sunscreen. There are now sunscreens available that contain colourless zinc to give natural protection without using toxic chemicals. Always wear a broad brimmed hat and try not to go out in the sun in the middle of the day.

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