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Natural Ways to Get Rid of Freckles

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author image Christina McDonald-Legg
Christina McDonald-Legg has been writing about health, wellness and travel since 1999. Her articles have appeared in "Colures Magazine" (London), "The Sunday Times" (Dublin), "The Connacht Tribune" (Galway) and "The Seattle Post-Intelligencer," and been featured online by the U.K. Department of Health. McDonald-Legg holds a Master of Arts in journalism from the National University of Ireland.
Natural Ways to Get Rid of Freckles
A portrait of a young woman with freckles. Photo Credit seb_ra/iStock/Getty Images

Overview

Freckles are unevenly distributed melanin pigmentation occurring on the skin. These brown spots can appear early in life, due to genetics, or they may appear late in life after years of sun exposure. There are a number of natural ways to get rid of freckles, however, they can return if you don’t avoid sun exposure and wear sunscreen. There is no medical evidence to support the use of alternative methods for getting rid of freckles.

Citric Juice

Nofreckles.com reports that one of the best things to naturally get rid of freckles is citric juice. Cut up one lemon, orange or lime and squeeze the juice into a container. Mix in 1 tsp. yogurt so you have a paste. Apply the paste onto your face and let it dry before rinsing with cold water.

Radish

According to bestincostmetics.com, radishes contain a natural bleaching agent that lightens freckles. Grate one radish and mix it with the juice of one lime. Place in a food processor and blend well. Apply the mixture on your face and leave it on to dry. Once it has dried, rub your face vigorously and wash with cool water.

Cranberry or Strawberry Paste

Regular use of strawberries and cranberries can naturally eliminate freckles due to the citric acid contained in the fruit, says bestincostmetics.com. Mash cranberries or strawberries in a bowl and rub the mixture onto your face. Leave the paste on your face until it is thoroughly dry, then rinse with cold water.

Lemon Juice and Boric Acid

This mixture is a potent solution that helps get rid of freckles, according to bestincostmetics.com. Test it on a small patch of skin before applying to your entire face to see if your skin is too sensitive to tolerate the boric acid in this mixture. To mix, dissolve 1 tsp. boric acid into 1 cup hot water. Squeeze the juice of one lemon into the boric acid and add ½ tsp. glycerin and 2 tbsp. rose water. Mix thoroughly and dab the lotion onto a cotton pad before applying to the areas that need freckles removed. This lotion can also be rubbed on the neck and shoulders to bleach the skin to a lighter shade.

Sour Milk

Ultimatecosmetics.com reports that the natural lactic acid in sour milk provides a gentle peeling affect on the skin, without any of the irritating or drying effects of many bleaching solutions. Use sour milk and gently bathe your face in it to help naturally get rid of freckles.

Parsley Juice

Mix natural parsley juice with equal parts lemon juice, orange juice and red current juice. Cover your skin with the liquid as if you were applying moisturizer and let it dry. Then apply your daily moisturizer over top. The citric acid in the juices helps to naturally get rid of freckles, according to nofreckles.com.

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