24 Effective Home Remedies For Getting Rid Of Freckles

Freckles are small flat tan or light brown patches that appear on the skin. Freckles can appear on any part of the body. However, they tend to mostly appear on areas of the skin that is most often exposed to sunlight.

Freckles could, sometimes, be considered as a sign of skin damage.

Common causes of freckles include; hormonal imbalance, genetics, and excessive exposure to the sun.

Below are home remedies and natural treatments for getting rid of freckles;

1. Sour Cream


Sour cream contains lactic acid which would bleach all the freckles and leave you with an even complexion.  Sour Cream is highly effective for people with a sensitive skin and hence you shouldn’t be worried about irritation. Use your washed palm to apply some quantity of sour cream on the parts that are affected by freckles. Allow it to settle for 5 minutes and then wipe it off with a soft tissue or a towel. Follow these steps at least twice a day until there are significant results.

2. Honey


Honey is a humectant and hence it will keep your skin well-hydrated. It also contains enzymes that will lighten your skin and fade freckles completely. Heat some honey mixed with water in a microwave for some minutes. Get it warm and apply the paste on the affected area and allow it to sit for some time before rinsing with warm water.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24305429)

3. Sesame Seeds


Applying a smooth paste made from sesame seeds will help fade your unwanted skin pigmentation and promote a lighter skin. The seeds have some bleaching properties that will leave no spot on your face. Mix a teaspoon of sesame powder and water to form a smooth paste that you can apply on the affected area at least once in a day. It is recommended you leave the paste on your face for 15 minutes and later rinse it off with cold water.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5796020/)

4. Papaya


Papaya contains a kind of enzyme that will lighten your skin and fade freckles. Squeeze papaya juice and then massage the affected area gently for 5 minutes before rinsing with cold water. Repeat this process daily until all the spots fade away.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar


Apple cider vinegar contains malic acids that would exfoliate the affected skin cells and leave you with a lighter skin. For this remedy, combine equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and honey. Stir well to form a paste and then mask the affected area, with the paste, for about 20 minutes. Afterward, rinse it off using lukewarm water.

6. Aloe Vera


Leaving aloe vera gel on your face overnight will help in depigmentation of the darkened skin due to the presence of aloesin hence alleviating freckles from your skin completely. For this remedy, get some fresh aloe vera, apply the gel on the freckles and massage for 3 minutes. You can choose to leave it on your skin for an entire night or you can rinse it after 10 minutes using warm water.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19218914)

7. Amla (Indian Gooseberry)


Amla contains ellagic and gallic acids which lighten your skin by inhibiting the formation of melanin on your skin. Add 5 drops of water to half a teaspoon of amla powder and apply the paste on the affected area. You should leave the paste on your face for 10 minutes and rinse off thereafter. Perform this remedy two times in a day and the freckles will fade away in less than 3 weeks.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18588964)

8. Kiwifruit


Kiwifruit contains antioxidants which would protect your skin against harmful rays of the sun hence inhibiting the formation of freckles. Kiwifruit also contains enzymes and vitamin C that will lighten the freckles and leave you with an even skin tone. Apply kiwifruit pulp on the affected area and allow it to sit for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Do this every day for a couple of weeks until all the freckles fade away.

9. Argan Oil


Argan oil is rich in fatty acids, vitamin E, and carotenoids which all help to fade away freckles and protect the skin against damage from the sun. Apply argan oil on clean, dry skin and massage it into the affected area for 3 minutes. You can either choose to leave the oil on your face overnight or rinse it off after 20 minutes.

10. Eggplant


Though eggplant will not make your freckles disappear completely, it will suppress them by lightening the brown spots. You can choose between eating eggplants, applying them directly to the affected area or both and the results would be the same. For this remedy, get a slice from a fresh eggplant and apply it directly on the affected area by rubbing it for about 5 minutes. Leave it for another 15 minutes and later rinse with lukewarm water. Repeat this process at least twice in a day for significant results.

11. Banana Peel


This fruit has certain properties that will help peel away the top layer skin of the affected skin and lighten the appearance of the freckles. Banana peel contains gluconolactone which will help you eliminate freckles within a short period of time. Rub the affected area using banana peel twice a day and you will get an amazing, firm and lightened skin.

12. Stay Safe In The Sun


You should use sunscreen with an SPF value suitable for your environment to avoid the formation of freckles. Damage to the skin caused by the sun may occur at an early age and so it is recommended that you start protecting your skin early. Always shield yourself from the dangerous rays of the sun before walking directly under the scorching sun.

13. Lemon


Lemon contains citric acid that will bleach and eliminate freckles completely over a fortnight. You are not supposed to get exposed to direct sunlight with lemon juice on your skin since it can cause sunburns. Applying lemon juice on your skin at least once in a day would eventually fade your freckles making them less noticeable.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2801997/)

14. Rose Hip Oil


This oil has acids that will penetrate into your skin and lighten freckles. The oil contains sterols, tocopherols, and carotenoids which have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that would contribute positively to fading freckles. Form a mixture of rose hip oil and aloe vera, apply on the affected area and leave it to dry for about 20 minutes. Rinse your face with lukewarm water thereafter. Repeat this process at least once in a day until you completely eliminate the freckles from your skin.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5485961/)

15. Jojoba Oil


Applying this oil on your skin daily will hydrate it and restore the skin pH balance. Jojoba oil also contains antioxidants and some healing compounds which would reduce hyperpigmented spots such as freckles on your skin. Massage the affected area with a mixture of Jojoba oil and Olive oil for 3 minutes and leave it for 20 minutes. Use a soft piece of tissue or towel to wipe it from your face thereafter. Repeat this method twice a day for several weeks until the results are visible.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24442052)

16. Castor Oil


Castor oil will keep your skin hydrated and supple. Applying it on your skin every night will reduce pigmentation on the affected area and eventually lighten your face making freckles less noticeable. You should rinse your face with clean water before applying few drops of castor oil on the affected area. You can leave the oil on your face the whole night and rinse off in the morning with lukewarm water.

17. Tomato Juice


Tomato juice is rich in vitamin C which inhibits tyrosinase activity on the skin hence reducing the formation of melanin. This will lighten, whiten and make your skin tender. For this remedy, apply tomato puree on the face and let it sit for about 15 minutes and rinse with cool water thereafter.  Repeat this method every night before you retire to bed until all the spots fade away.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3850026/)

18. Buttermilk


Buttermilk contains mild acids which will lighten the complexion, lighten the skin and get rid of freckles once and for all.  In addition, buttermilk will make your skin smooth and supple.Simply, apply buttermilk over the freckles and rinse it after 10 minutes with some lukewarm water. Perform this remedy twice a day until you get satisfactory results.

19. Onions


This is another very effective home remedy that will help you get rid of freckles fast. Onions contain some sulfur content that will help combat freckles on your face. When you apply onion juice on your face on daily basis, you will begin to notice your freckles fading away. Squeeze onion juice and add apple cider vinegar. Mix well and apply the mixture on the affected area at least twice a day.

20. Avocado Oil


Avocado oil is an essential skin conditioning agent that will make your skin lighter, smooth and radiant. Furthermore, avocado is rich in antioxidants such as vitamin A, vitamin D and Vitamin E that can greatly help reduce the appearance of freckles on your face. Purchase avocado oil from the stores and apply two or three drops on the freckles. You can even leave this oil on your face for a whole night and rinse off in the morning using warm water. Repeat this method at least once in a day.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1676360)

21. Cocoa Butter


Cocoa butter has antioxidant properties that lighten freckles and make them less noticeable. Cleanse your face with a cleanser and dry it well before applying cocoa butter on your freckles. Massage well and leave the paste on your face until the butter is absorbed well into the skin.  Rinse your face first thing in the morning using cool water.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18822039)

22. Yogurt


Just like the sour cream, yogurt contains lactic acid which acts as a bleaching agent to the freckles on your face. It will remove the darkened skin cells from the face and suppress freckles significantly. Yogurt will also condition your skin and tighten your skin pores. Mix unflavored yogurt with lemon juice and mask your skin with the paste for about 15 minutes. Afterward, rinse it off using lukewarm water and you are good to go. Perform this remedy at least once in a day and the results would be appealing.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3547054/)

23. Vitamin C


Get plenty of vitamin C and your skin will remain healthy. This micronutrient is known to lighten freckles, as such, it is one of the best nutritional remedies for freckles. Taking foods rich in vitamin C such as citrus fruits, kiwis and spinach will help you greatly. You can take these foods the first thing in the morning and just before you retire to bed in the evening.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5579659/)

24. Turmeric


This has long been used by the Chinese to treat skin conditions. Cleanse your skin, pat it dry and apply a mixture made of few drops of castor oil and a teaspoon of finely grounded turmeric powder. Allow the mask to sit for 15 minutes, then, repeat your cleansing routine. Carryout this process at least twice in a day and you will alleviate freckles significantly within a few weeks.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27213821)

 

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