Freckles : Causes, Prevention and Home Remedies

Freckles are flat, tanned circular spots that typically are the size of the head of a common nail. The spots are multiple and may develop randomly on the skin, especially after repeated exposure to sunlight. These are particularly common in people of fair complexion on upper-body skin areas like the cheeks, nose, arms, and upper shoulders. Freckles may vary somewhat in color -- they may be reddish, yellow, tan, light brown, brown, or black -- but they are basically slightly darker than the surrounding skin.

There are two basic types of freckles: simple freckles and sunburn freckles. Simple freckles are usually tan, round, and small -- about the size of a common construction nail head. Sunburn freckles are often darker, have irregular jagged borders, and may be larger than a pencil eraser. Sunburn freckles are more common on the upper back and shoulders where people frequently get their most severe sunburns.

Even though freckles are not harmful or dangerous to your health, they take away your full skin beauty. If you're looking for easy, natural home remedies to treat freckles at the comfort of your home,here are some of effective home remedies to remove freckles.

. Apply sour cream on your face. Do not rinse this mask off completely. Gently wipe off with a soft tissue and top it up with a moisturizer.

. Apply lemon juice with your fingers on the affected area. lemon juice bleaches the dark spots.

. Wash your face with sour milk. Lactic acid promotes gentle peeling of skin minus the irritation or dryness.

. Slice a red onion in half and rub on the spots twice daily. Continue until the spots fade.

. Regular use of fruit and vegetable masks such as those made with apricots, strawberries, cucumbers and red currant will help lighten freckles.

. Grind yellow mustard in milk and apply to the face during the night. Wash your face the next morning.

. Mix a spoon of honey with fresh lemon juice. Add a pinch of salt to it and apply it all over the affected area. Wash it off with warm water.

. Ground a handful of mint in a blender with one ripe banana. Apply the paste all over the affected area and wash it off when the pack begins to melt on your face.

. Soak a few almonds over night and grind the paste. Mix with fresh cream and apply to the affected area. Wash it off after an hour.

. Apply odorless castor oil or vitamin E at night before going to bed.

. Increase your Vitamin C intake. It makes your skin less sensitive to the sun.

. Use a good quality sunscreen that offers a high level of 'sun protection factor'. Use it whenever you have to go out in the sun.

. Taking 2-3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with a little water 2-3 times daily will also help cleanse your body from the inside out.

Laser treatment is the only known method to help you remove your freckles permanently. So if you have tried many different methods before and your freckles are stubborn and keep coming back, laser freckle removal may be just right for you.