Home Remedy for Freckles

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Freckles are flat, round skin spots caused by hyper-pigmentation. Because the tendency to "freckle" is passed down through genes, they tend to run in families. Freckles typically become more prominent during the summer when there is an increase in sun exposure. This occurs because freckles are sensitive to UV light. While it's possible for freckles to be present all over the body, they are usually found on the face, shoulders, arms and other places that tend to be exposed to the sun.

  1. Types

    • There are two types of freckles: ephelides and lentigines. Ephelides are flat, light-brown or red spots that appear in the summer months, but fade in winter. Lentigines are small black or brown spots that are evident year-round.

    Vitamin C

    • Increasing your intake of vitamin C might help reduce freckles on your body. You can get more vitamin C in your diet by taking supplements, eating citrus fruits or drinking orange juice. Vitamin C reduces freckles by making your skin less sensitive to sun exposure.

    Lemon Juice

    • One of the most popular home remedies for freckles is lemon juice. By applying lemon juice directly to the freckles on your body, you might be able to effectively bleach the dark spots on your skin.

    Mask

    • Many people try wearing a homemade mask made from mashed banana and mint leaves to rid their body of freckles. To make this skin treatment, grind mint leaves and put into a blender with one ripe banana. Mix them to create a paste that can be applied to the freckled parts of your body. Once the paste begins to melt off your face, it's time to wash it off. This mask will help alleviate the pigmentation problems that cause freckles, and help relieve any redness of the affected areas.

    Avoid Sun

    • One of the best--and oldest--home remedies for freckles is to avoid the sun. Wear a high SPF sunscreen to all exposed body parts, and cover up with clothing and hats. Avoid going out in the sun during the peak UVA hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you are exposed to the sun, apply sunscreen every 2 hours.

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