Freckles are flat, round and brown spots in different sizes that appear on the skin. Both men and women can have freckles. According to the American Association of Dermatologists (AAD), freckles are a sign of skin damage. Some of the common causes behind the appearance of freckles are too much exposure to the sunlight, hereditary, hormonal imbalance, and many more. Though freckles could be present all over the body, they are mostly present in areas which often get exposed to sun rays.
There are medical ways to remove freckles but the process can be very expensive. If you have freckles, then you can easily get rid of them by trying several natural treatments at home. These treatments are safe to try at home and there is also no risk of side effects.
Here are top 10 home remedies to get rid of Freckles.
1. Sour Cream
The lactic acids present in sour milk can help a lot to get rid of freckles. Take some sour cream and directly apply it on the affected skin area and allow it to dry for a few minutes. Instead of rinsing it off completely with water, you must gently wipe it off with a soft tissue or a towel and then apply some moisturizer. This remedy will not cause skin irritation or dryness. Follow this remedy at least once daily until the freckles go away. Alternatively you can also rinse the affected skin area with sour milk daily. In case you do not have sour milk, then you can always use yogurt.
2. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is a highly effective ingredient that can be used to treat freckle as well as brown spots. Lemon juice has lightening properties and so it will nicely bleach the dark spots on your skin. Take fresh lemon juice and with the help of your fingers apply it on the affected skin area and gently massage the area for ten to fifteen minutes. Finally rinse the skin with lukewarm water. Do this remedy twice a day. Another option is to dissolve some sugar in the juice of one lemon and then apply this mixture on to the affected area with the help of a brush. Gently massage for some time and then wash the skin with water.
Make a mixture of honey and water and heat it slightly and then apply it on the affected area and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Finally rinse the area properly with warm water. You can also make an herbal mask at home by mixing wheat germ with warm honey. Apply this mask and allow it to sit for about ten minutes and then rinse the area with warm water and then wash it again with cold water. This is one of the most effective home remedies for freckles. Another option is to make a mixture of honey and yogurt, and apply it on the freckles for half an hour daily.
Eggplant can also be used to remove freckles. Take one fresh eggplant and slice it into thick pieces and apply the slices all over the affected skin area. Gently rub the eggplant slices in a circular motion and leave them on the skin for ten to fifteen minutes. Follow this remedy once daily for about a week to notice significant improvement in the appearance of your skin. The freckles will become lightened considerably after two weeks.
Applying buttermilk on freckles can also help in lightening them. In fact, one of the easiest ways to get rid of freckles is to apply buttermilk over the freckles, leave it for ten minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Another option is to make a thick paste of powdered oatmeal and buttermilk. Apply this paste on the affected area, leave for about half an hour and then finally wash it off with cold water. Do this remedy once daily until you get positive results.
Horseradish juice when dabbed on the affected skin area for ten minutes daily can also help a lot in lightening the freckles. Another option is to take one grated horseradish and mix it with the juice of one lemon and blend them together to make a paste. Apply this paste all over the affected skin area and allow it to dry. Finally wash it off with the help of some cold water. When this remedy is followed on regular basis it will soon lighten the freckles and make them less noticeable.