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Ask Jane – Freckles, freckles everywhere!

Lizbeth asks,

What can I do to get of freckles?

Hi Lizbeth,

Should I give you the lecture about how beautiful freckles are, and I wished I had them?  Mmm, no, you wrote in asking how to get of them. :-)

woman-with-frecklesOne way to, maybe not get rid of freckles, but hide them, is to use a full coverage foundation. This won’t entirely hide them, but it will minimise their appearance.  This is a completely non-invasive way to hide freckles, and it won’t hurt your bank balance as much as other methods!

Another method of treatment is to use bleaching agents and creams.  These products work by slowing the production of melanin (which is what causes freckles in the first place) and fading the colour of existing freckles.  One warning, though – bleaching agents can cause major irritation, so use them strictly according to directions and see your doctor if you are worried about any side effects.

One way to get rid of freckles is via laser resurfacing.  Here, the dermatologist will numb the affected area, and then remove the top layer of skin.  The benefits of this procedure is that your freckles will be gone!  The bad news?  You will be out of action for at least two weeks whilst your skin heals, and your skin will be far more susceptible to sunburns in the future.

Chemical peels work in a similar way to laser resurfacing.  No anaesthetic is required for chemical peels but they can burn (I know, I’ve had them!).  The pros and cons of chemical peels are pretty much identical to laser resurfacing.  Plan to have some time off and stay out of the sun for a few months.

Finally, liquid nitrogen can be used to ‘freeze’ freckles.  Liquid nitrogen will cause the freckle to blister, after which it will fall off.  Sounds pretty disgusting doesn’t it? Cryotherapy should be used sparingly (only once a week, max).

I hope this helps Lizbeth!

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