In recent years lemon has become a popular remedy for treating freckles. So, will lemon juice really get rid of freckles? Apparently, many people who are ready to try this method like to know the exact answer. To be honest, it won’t actually get rid of freckles, but it does make them less noticeable since it has a lightening effect. It is worth mentioning that it has long been used as a bleaching agent and this is why many people like to use it for highlighting streaks of hair in summer. So, this home remedy for freckles is still worthwhile today.
How to use lemon juice for freckles?
The human body can produce melanin to prevent the damage caused by UV radiation. Under normal circumstances, staying in the sun for some time will darken your skin due to the presence of melanin. However, freckles or age spots are different and they are the result of the accumulation of excess melanin. Needless to say, they’re ugly and, worse still, increase the risk of skin cancer. Fortunately, applying this juice every day can fade them out over time. To begin this treatment, you still need to prepare other things, including filter, bowl, cotton swabs, liquid soap and mirrors. The steps are as follows.
1. Buy fresh lemon juice or simply squeeze them yourself, filter the juice, and hold them with a bowl;
2. Dip a cotton swab into the juice and squeeze the excess one out;
3. Look in the mirror to locate the freckles, apply it on them, and let it sit for about 15 minutes;
4. Wash with liquid soap to remove the residue, rinse with cold water to shrink pores, and then let the skin air dry;
5. Repeat this remedy twice a day.
One thing that you should know though is that some believe that the results will be better if you don’t rinse the residue with cold water.
Besides of the above-mentioned freckle-removing treatment, you should still apply sunscreen and take other necessary protective measures if you have to stay out in the sun for more than 2 hours. Also, it is worth mentioning that this residue can worsen the burning of the skin caused by sunlight since it is a strong fruit acid. So, remember to completely remove them before going out in the sun.
Pros and cons
Many bleaching creams available on the market claim to eliminate freckles. Some of them can be effective, but they often contain harmful chemicals that can cause adverse reactions and sometimes annoying side effects, such as irritation, rashes, chemical burns and the like. Instead, as mentioned earlier lemon is one of the most popular freckle-removing treatments and prevention tactics. It is natural and chemical-free. As an added bonus, it is way much cheaper compared to the use of retinoic acid, a laser treatment, and cryotherapy.
Although using lemon juice on freckles can effectively fade them away, this method carries a risk of side effects. Some have found that it didn’t remove freckles fast and, worse still, it made them more noticeable since it lightens the surrounding skin. Besides, its lightening results won’t last long even though it works. Since freckles develop as a result of sun exposure, it is a good idea to avoid direct sun exposure as much as possible after the use of any freckle-removing treatments. In addition, regular use of sunscreen and this juice is highly recommended if you want to keep it from coming back.
Being simple to use is the primary benefit of this method. And the freshly squeezed juice is preferred since it does not contain preservatives, additives, artificial flavors and artificial coloring. It’s another reminder that administration of lemon juice on the skin for fading freckles may also cause burning, itching or tingling. If you experience such symptoms, you should immediately rinse your skin with cold water.