How to Fade Hand Freckles

Three Methods:Prevention is the KeyHome RemediesTreatments

Freckles/ephelis are clusters of melanin concentrations. Exposure to sunlight activates our melanocytes which increases production of melanin and may cause the formation of freckles.[citation needed] Anyone can have freckles; however, some cases are genetic. Your hands are among the most frequently exposed parts of the body, which makes them prone to freckles. Here are some things you can do to get rid of hand freckles, or at least to minimize their appearance.

Method 1
Prevention is the Key

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    Avoid sun exposure. First step to prevention is to avoid the cause as much as you can. Do not go out if it is not really necessary.
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    Use sunscreen/sunblock on your hands daily. Even if you are not going out all day, the sun's harmful rays can still reach you. UV rays can penetrate even on overcast and rainy days. So daily application of some SPF is a must.
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    Wear sun-protective gloves. There are gloves made of UV-protective materials sold online. You can wear them when you really have to go outside for a long period of time.

Method 2
Home Remedies

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    Use lemon/lime juice.[citation needed] Squeeze the juice from lemon or lime and apply it on the area where freckles are. Leave it on for about 15 minutes. Rinse off. Make sure to apply moisturizer afterwards. Citric acid can dry up your skin which makes it more sensitive to harmful rays.[citation needed]
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    Try ripe or green papaya.{[{act}} Mash a ripe or green papaya in a blender and apply the paste on the affected area for 15 minutes. You may also add lemon juice to the paste. Do not leave it on for too long especially when you are using green papaya so as not to irritate your skin.
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    Use a honey and buttermilk mixture.[citation needed] Mix the buttermilk, honey and a small amount of water in a bowl. Heat the mixture for a minute or two. Apply it on your freckles for 15-20 minutes. This mixture will have a bleaching effect on your skin and will help lighten dark spots without drying your skin.
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    Spread on strawberry/cranberry paste.[citation needed] Mash up strawberries or cranberries in a blender. Rub the paste on the affected areas and leave it on until it is completely dry. Wash it off with warm water. Berries contain a significant amount of citric acid that could lighten the appearance of your freckles.[citation needed]
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    Try castor oil.[citation needed] Don't be scared. Castor oil is one of the great ways to fade away freckles.[citation needed] Apply it on your hands and let it sit there overnight. It can help to even out your skin pigmentation while you sleep.
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    Make a red onion and vinegar mixture for use on the hands.[citation needed] Grate a medium sized red onion and extract its juice. Mix a teaspoon of vinegar and apply on the affected area. Use this remedy daily for few weeks. Onion contains sulfur which is known to exfoliate skin and help remove freckles and dark spots.[citation needed]

Method 3

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    Use over-the-counter products. There are several serums, creams, cleansers, etc. available at your local pharmacy that will help lighten freckles on any parts of the body. Some of the many well-known contents are licorice, Vitamin C, retinoic acid, niacinamide, alphahydroxy acid, etc. These ingredients help lighten the skin and even out skin tone.
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    Look into the use of laser treatments. Talk to your dermatologist about laser treatment/surgery. Some procedures like Candela ATV laser is designed to treat freckles, flat moles and other brown spots. Though it may take several sessions to completely remove the marks. Do thorough research before using any such technology and be sure to discuss it in detail with a properly medically qualified practitioner.
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