How to Get Rid of Freckles for Good
Those freckles are actually sun damage, but don't worry--here's what you can do to erase them
But here's the dirty truth about freckles: Unless they've been there since you were in pigtails, they're actually age spots -- or what derms are now calling sunspots. "It's a sign that your skin has had too much sun," says New York dermatologist Kavita Mariwalla, MD. Freckles are produced from bunches of pigment in the skin that get triggered by sunlight. The darker and more abundant your freckles are, the more sun damage your skin has sustained. "Many of these things will get lighter with decreased sun exposure," says New York City dermatologist Anne Chapas, MD. But they probably won't go away completely. To that end -- whether you think they're cute or are actively trying to figure out how to get rid of freckles -- you want to be vigilant about wearing sunscreen every day to prevent sun-damaged skin.
Fortunately, there are countless dark-spot correctors on the market containing a variety of ingredients that target pigmentation and can help get rid of freckles. Depending on just how dark your sunspots are, you may only need a preventive antioxidant serum to get rid of sunspots, or you may want to try a heavier-duty solution, like dark spot-zapping lasers to remove freckles.
However much help you need, the best new products contain technology that will get rid of freckles fast -- and come next summer, you'll wear even more sunscreen and draw on your freckles with a pencil. So how do you get rid of freckles? Find out here.
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