Freckles naturally occur on the skin, but that doesn't mean you have to live with them. If you're looking for ways to reduce the appearance of freckles on your skin, here's what you should know.
Freckles are harmless clusters of spots on the skin that can occur as a result of genetics, sun exposure, or a combination of both. They're typically tan, brown, or reddish in color and appear most frequently on the face, neck, chest, arms, and back. While some people's freckles are present all year round, it's important to note that in many cases, they can also result from sun damage. Most people tend to see more freckles during the spring and summer as a result of increased sun exposure. Because of this, there are measures you can take to reduce the appearance of freckles.
While sunscreen alone can't remove freckles, it can help prevent you from developing new freckles. This isn't a cosmetic dermatology service removing freckles from the skin. It is a preventive skincare measure you can perform on your own. Since so many people experience freckle development as a result of sun exposure, it makes sense that an easy way to reduce them is to protect your skin from the sun. Wearing sunscreen is one of the simplest ways to do just that. Skincare experts also recommend wearing wide-brimmed hats and seeking shade when possible. Make sure you're wearing sunscreen with at least SPF 30 in order to protect yourself from UV radiation and from sun damaged skin.
Retinol creams are already a popular anti-aging treatment to even out skin tone and prevent wrinkles. It's also possible that a retinoid cream may help you reduce the appearance of freckles on your skin as part of its effects. That being said, you should use caution and consult with your dermatologist before using a retinol cream. Failing to do so could result in a nasty skin rash if you have sensitive skin.
Skin lightening creams are a popular treatment option. These topical treatments typically contain kojic acid or hydroquinone as the main active ingredient to help lighten the skin. While these products are available in over-the-counter forms, it's always best to speak with your dermatologist before investing in any kind of skin lightening product. Over time, these products can help reduce the appearance of freckles on your skin. With supervision from your dermatologist, you can make sure you're lightening your freckles safely.
A laser treatment performed by a dermatologist is one of the most effective ways to remove existing freckles. When the laser is used on the skin, the skin absorbs the light. The light reduces the melanin and the pigmentation that gives the freckle its color. The result is new skin without the pigmentation.
If you're not a fan of freckles, there are plenty of cosmetic dermatology services that can help you reduce their appearance. If you have questions or you're ready to find a treatment for your freckles, set up an appointment at North Pacific Dermatology today.