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Freckles are a genetic trait most commonly found in individuals with lighter complexions and /or fair or red hair. They are clusters of melanin (skin pigment) found in concentrated spots on the skin. Though most commonly found on the face, freckles may appear on any part of the body, especially if exposed to sun.

Freckles are caused by the pigment melanin, whose production is triggered by exposure to sunlight. In particular, it is the UVB ray component of sulight that activates the pgiment producing cells, melanocytes, to increase the production of melanin. This results in darker, more numerous freckles.

Some individuals with freckles are interested in diminishing their appearance. It's important to know that if you want to minimize the appearance of your freckles that the key is to avoid sun exposure or use a good sunscreen such as [Link Removed] Since individuals with freckles tend to have less protective melanin in their skin, this is a good idea for any fair skinned individual regardless of whether or not you have freckles.

Freckle Treatments

Individuals may have luck with bleaching or fading creams to help diminish the appearance of freckles. Some are available over the counter and others, only by prescription. As well, you may be a candidate for laser therapy, which has been successful in some individuals. Check with your dermatologist to see if you might be a good candidate for this procedure.

If you want to try over the counter products to remove or fade your freckles, here are some freckle treatments with effective ingredients to consider:

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Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed] 


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      Cheryl Phillips wrote Sep 6, 2008
    • Thanks for posting this. I am a “freckled” girl. I never really had them on my face but my shoulders/chest/arms have always had them. I wear sunblock daily and I always have my skin checked. For many years I’ve wanted to get rid of all of them and have that nice, peachy skin that some women have! I wanted to go “spotless“. However, I’ve been told more than once that freckles look great, so I’ve learned to accept this!

      Thanks for the great info!!



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      Pharmagirl wrote Sep 8, 2008
    • I don’t have freckles, but I’ve always admired them on others.

      However, some individuals who have them really don’t like them. Hopefully this provides some good options to help manage them.



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