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What are different home remedies for treating Freckles? – Part 2

What is meant by Freckles?

• Freckles may be described as flat, round, dark colored spots.
• These spots range in size from about 2mm to 4mm.
• Freckles could be the result of pigment precipitation in one particular place.
• The skin surrounding the spot is lighter in color.
• Freckles may be hereditary.
• Freckles are usually of no medical consequence.
• They do not cause any problems.
• Freckles are sensitive to the UV rays of sunlight.
• They appear more prominent during or after exposure to sunlight.

Types of Freckles

There are two basic types of freckles:
Ephelides: These are flat red or light-brown spots that typically appear in the summer months. They usually fade away in the winter.
Lentigines: Lentigines may be small tan, brown or black spot which is darker than an ephelide and they do not fade in winter.

Causes for Freckles

• Freckles are passed on genetically.
• Rare disorders such as Xeroderma Pigmentosum.
• Increased sensitivity to ultraviolet rays leading to freckles.
• Prolonged exposure to sunlight.
• Hormonal imbalance could cause freckles.

Home Remedies for Freckles

9. Vegetable masks
• Regular use of fruit and vegetable masks made with apricots, strawberries, cucumbers and red currant will help lighten freckles.

10. Sour milk
• Wash your face with sour milk.
• Lactic acid promotes gentle peeling of skin.
• It also removes the irritation or dryness.

11. Horseradish juice
• Horseradish juice or vinegar, or oatmeal dabbed on the skin is also helpful in lightening freckles.

12. Parsley juice
• Apply parsley juice mixed with equal amounts of lemon juice, orange juice, and red currant juice.

13. Yellow mustard
• Grind yellow mustard in milk.
• Apply to the face during the night.
• Wash the face the next morning.

14. Onions
• Onions also can be used for removing freckles.
• It also removes age spots.
• Slice a red onion in half and rub on the spots.
• Do this twice daily.
• Continue this until the spots fade.

15. Buttermilk
• Applying buttermilk on freckles helps in lightening them.

16. Sesame seeds
• Mix an equal quantity of turmeric and sesame seeds.
• Grind in water.
• Apply to the face.

17. Watermelon
• Take a watermelon and make a hole in its rind.
• Introduce some grains of rice in it.
• Take out the rice after a week.
• Grind into a paste.
• Apply on the face.

18. Currants and honey
• To lighten freckles, mash 1/4 cup of unripe currants and mix with 1 tbsp. of unpasteurized honey.
• Put on freckles.
• Leave on for half an hour.
• Rinse off with warm water.
• Dab on diluted fresh lemon juice.

Dietary measures for Freckles

• Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and whole grains for the vitamins A, B complex and C.
• These are all needed for healthy skin.
• Vitamin B5 helps prevent dry skin.
• Increase your Vitamin C intake.
• It makes your skin less sensitive to the sun.
It is found in :
• Milk
• Eggs
• Cabbage
• Wheat germ
• Nutritional yeast
Essential fatty acids
• Unrefined, cold-pressed vegetable oils
• Flax seed
Foods rich in vitamin C include:
• Citrus fruits
• Apples
• Green onions
• Black and red currant
• Rosehip tea

Other suggestions for Freckles:

• Use a good quality sunscreen.
• The one offers a high level of ‘sun protection factor’.
• Use it whenever one has to go out in the sun.
• Add a broad-rimmed hat to your wardrobe.
• Use it when out in the sun.
• The broad rim will shield your face from direct sunlight.
• Avoid going out from 10 am to 4 pm when the sunrays are maximum.
• Use sun block lotion each time going for a swim.
• Re-apply every two hours in case of heavy perspiration.

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