1. What are the commonly used treatments for freckles?
Freckles are harmless brown spots on the skin which appear due to exposure to the sun. It is best to avoid exposure to the sun to prevent freckles. However, they may be treated by using chemical preparations which lighten the skin pigmentation like kojic acid, hydroquinone and vitamin C. Laser therapy is also useful to lighten or remove freckles.
2. Are freckles curable with treatment?
Freckles can disappear on their own too. They are also curable with treatment, but can reappear if you expose skin to sunlight. Skin lightening creams and chemical peels can help lighten the freckles. You may also cure the freckles by opting for laser treatment.
3. What medicines are commonly prescribed for freckles?
Your doctor will commonly prescribe one of the following treatments for freckles:
·Bleaching creams which lighten the freckles
·Retinoid containing creams, a type of chemical that lightens freckles
·Chemical peels using chemicals like salicyclic acid that remove the layer of skin having freckles
·Sunscreens may help to avoid the freckles from worsening
4. How long will it take for the conventional treatment methods to manage freckles?
The conventional treatment methods which use creams and lotions containing the lightening chemicals may require several months of application to lighten freckles. Hence, management of freckles can take a few weeks to few months.
5. Are there any side effects associated with treatment useful for freckles?
The side effects associated with freckles treatment are very mild. You may experience slight redness on the area of application of the medicine. Laser treatment can also cause some scarring. However, it goes away and is not serious. You must consult your doctor before taking any of the treatment.