Getting Rid of Summer Freckles

by Vanessa Day


We all love the summer months when we can soak up the sun’s rays on a warm afternoon. But the evidence of hours spent in the sun is left on our skin. Freckles appear when our skin has been exposed to too much sun, and sometimes those spots are less than flattering.

What are Summer Freckles?

Everyone has cells called melanocytes that produce pigment, and when those cells are damaged, our skin produces more melanin than normal, causing freckles to appear. While these summer freckles can be cute and attractive for some people who get speckles on their shoulders, cheeks and noses, others feel plagued by the excessive amount of light-brown spots covering their bodies. Also, freckles are a sign that the sun is damaging our skin, so it’s best to take the hint and move into the shade.

Treating Summer Freckles

In North America, summer freckles are most common during the months of June, July and August, when the sun is at it’s most powerful and the days last longer. Luckily, freckles usually fade or disappear as the cooler months approach and upper layers of skin are replaced by new cells. For some people, freckles stay longer or appear darker, which may cause insecurities in appearance. For those who want to reduce the appearance of their freckles or rid their skin of them completely, there are a number of options. Certain bleaching and fading creams that contain hydroquinone and kojic acid are available over the counter or with a prescription. These products can lighten freckles over time and are most effective when combined with sun avoidance. Retinoids have been known to fight freckles when applied consistently to skin over several months. If you don’t want to get rid of your summer freckles, but rather just hide them, the cunning use of makeup can always do the trick.

Many people will resort to at-home remedies to get rid of their freckles, but there is no guarantee these cures will be effective or safe on your skin. Plus, who really wants to apply ground mustard and milk to their face? Bottom line, the best treatment for summer freckles is prevention. Apply plenty of sunscreen when you know you’re going to be outside, and make sure to keep reapplying. Wear protective clothing and hats, and shield yourself from the sun during peak hours.

If you are adamant about removing freckles and dark spots, then professional treatments are your best bet. There are a number of procedures you can choose from such as microdermabrasion, a gentle exfoliation that removes dead skin cells and lightens freckles, and chemical peels, which are deep treatments that can remove freckles all at once. Other options include Laser Skin Resurfacing and IPL Photofacials. Before getting any of these treatments, it is best to speak with a qualified dermatologist and figure out which procedure is right for you and your skin type. To learn more about getting rid of freckles or to schedule a consultation with a specialist in your area, contact us today.

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