Learning about Freckles

When it comes to the sense of beauty and aesthetics, freckles are definitely unsightly. Surely there are millions of people, across the globe, who have been wanting to see a quick and prevention for freckles, however there is no quick trick.  Just to add to your information, if freckles are left unsupervised or untreated they can pose a great health risk.  Let’s have a look at the basics of freckles to find out what are the possible remedies and treatments to dealing with freckles.

Let us begin by understanding what freckles are. In the simplest of words you can understand them as marks which appear on your skin resulting from exposure to the sun. People with a pale skin tone and blond or red hair are more prone to suffering from freckles as against all others. The cause of freckles has been attributed to presence of melanocortin-1 gene variants. This gene variant plays a key role in the spurting of freckles. So if you’re a person who is unfortunately blessed with this gene variant, spending time in the sun will result in appearance of freckles, especially on the exposed skin such as face and hands. The gene becomes active upon coming in contact with the sun’s rays penetrating through the skin. And in case you already have some existing freckles, their size is bound to increase after this reaction with the sun’s rays.

To treat freckles, the most widely used method is that of using bleaching creams and agents. These creams normally contain a chemical called hydrophone which causes the skin color to fade and thus makes the freckles less visible. Bleaching skin creams are freely available over the counter, but please follow the method of use described on the pack carefully to avoid skin damage. Apart from fading the color of the freckles, the bleaching cream also retards the production of melanin to control the eruption of new freckles.

Another option is to go in for a chemical peel, which can be conducted only by an expert dermatologist. In this method some harsh chemicals are used to peel off several layers of skin. And finally you also have the choice of laser treatment, which is usually done after numbing the area with local anesthesia. Then the top layers of the skin are removed, and the healing process may take from one to two weeks.

Sidharth Thakur