A Cheap Way to Fade Freckles

Use lemon juice for a freckle-free complexion.
Use lemon juice for a freckle-free complexion. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Freckles are a form of hyperpigmentation, similar to sunspots and other dark areas found on skin. Although many find freckles charming, you may not, choosing instead to fade them out and reduce their visibility. One cheap method of doing this is by using lemons, a common household item that contains natural bleaching properties.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp knife
  • Fresh lemon or concentrated lemon juice
  • Cotton balls
  • Clean washcloth

Cut a few lemon slices, using a sharp knife.

Lay the slices over concentrated freckle patches. Alternately, douse cotton balls in concentrated lemon juice and rub the liquid over wider areas.

Allow the juice to sit for as long as possible. Rinse your skin with a clean washcloth.

Repeat the treatment daily, until you see satisfactory results. This method is only effective if done regularly and, as it's effects are gradual, you may not see results for several months.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add a teaspoon of sugar to the juice, creating an effective, skin-lightening exfoliant.

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