Freckles have been both loved and shunned in the fashion industry .Some feel the peppered skin has an exotic appeal whereas others see it as a flaw of the skin.
While most freckles are not dangerous, they are an indication of sun damage. Freckles develop when the skin produces more melanin pigment in response to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Some people have freckles that fade away almost completely in the winter and return in the summer. Other people’s freckles don’t change much with or without the sun and can be seen year-round. Freckles also tend to fade as people get older.
Can we prevent freckles?
As freckles are the result of sun damage, following are a few steps that can help –
- use of sunscreens with SPF (sun protection factor) 50,
- use of wide-brimmed hats (6 inches),
- use of sun-protective clothing (shirts, long sleeves, long pants),
- avoidance of the peak sun hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
- Seeking shade and staying indoors.
Sunscreen can prevent freckles from appearing and from existing ones becoming darker. Freckles are the result of exposure to UV rays. Based on research, Zinc Oxide based sunscreens are most effective at blocking out UVA and UVB rays, provided the percentage is high enough.
Treatment for freckles
Creams & Lotions
There are skin care products that help lessen and fade freckles, but there is no cream the will remove them entirely. Creams that contain Vitamin A, B & C, (and others) work in different ways to help, fade pigmentation.
Chemical peels work by targeting areas that are prone to sun damage, ageing or blemishes .Peels can be worked into a comprehensive skin treatment plan, customized for the skin to treat a range of skin concerns while working to reduce the appearance of freckles.
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)
IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and is a form of treatment that pulses light onto the skin. The light is absorbed into elements of color (the brown in freckles), then turns to heat energy to break down the pigmentation. Laser freckle removal targets pigmentation without harming the skin’s surface to create a more even skin tone.
Laser treatment is one of the most advanced treatments for removing unwanted pigmentation on the skin such as age spots, sun spots, and freckles .Freckles can be treated with laser and light therapy. Dark freckles respond easily because they have more of the target pigmentation.
It is best to come in for a FREE assessment at the outset. Our team at Cosmo Derm Clinic Faridabad will listen to you to get a full picture of your history, skin care regime, concerns and goals. We will work with you to come up with the right skin treatment for freckle removal that will best meet your goals.
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