How To Get Rid Of Freckles Naturally

You may like the kids having freckles on their faces, but when you are grown up you dislike having freckles on your skin. Everyone wants to get rid of freckles and has flawless and even tone skin.

Getting Rid Of Freckles
Freckled Girl

What freckles look like? Freckles are flat, round and brown tiny spots in the size of a needle or nail tips that appear on one’s skin. They occur on the skin of men as well as women. Although they develop because of skin damage, but they are harmless. They are frowned upon and most people like either to lighten or get rid of them from their faces in order to have flawless skin.

The most common causes for freckles are too much exposure to the sun, genes, hormonal imbalance, etc. They can occur on all over your body, but mostly they occur on areas that are often exposed to the sun. The people with fair skin that is sensitive to the sun are more likely to have them. These spots are slightly darker than the surrounding areas of the skin.

Do you want to get rid of freckles? Find here 3 approaches, namely, home remedies, preventive measures, and freckle removing treatments to remove your freckles.

Get Rid Of Freckles – Home Remedies For Lightening Freckles

1. Lemon Juice: Lemon juice is an effective natural bleaching agent that can be applied to lighten freckles as well as brown spots, and make them disappear over time. Lemon juice has natural lightening properties that work effectively to lighten and remove freckles. It is the best natural cure that can be used to get rid of any blemish, including pigmentation levels of freckles.

Squeeze a lemon and apply its juice on the affected areas of the skin, using your fingers and massaging it gently. Let the lemon juice soak into your skin for 10-15 minutes, and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Apply this home remedy twice a day to lighten and get rid of freckles over time.

2. Sour Cream: Sour cream / milk contain lactic acid that helps in getting rid of freckles. Apply some sour cream directly over the affected skin areas and let it soak into your skin till it dries up.  Instead of washing it off your face with water, wipe it off gently with a soft tissue or a towel. The lactic acid in sour cream or milk will peel away the upper layer of your skin. This home remedy to lighten and remove freckles does not cause dryness or skin irritation. Use this remedy at least once daily until you get rid of freckles.

Alternative option is to wash the affected skin areas with sour milk daily. If you do not have access to sour milk, you can use yogurt which is equally good.

3. Honey: Mix honey with water and warm the mixture a little bit. Apply this mixture over the affected areas and let it sit there for some time. Rinse it off with lukewarm water. Alternatively, you can make an at home herbal face mask of wheat germ and warmed up honey. Mix these two ingredients and apply over the freckles. Let it sit there for 10-15 minutes, wash it off with lukewarm water first and then again with cold water. If you like you can also try instead a mixture of yogurt and honey. Apply it over the affected areas for 30 minutes daily and then rinse it off.

4. Fruit Masks and Peels: Try this at home face mask made of fruits by blending 2 strawberries, a small piece of papaya, some cucumber and pineapple. Apply this homemade face mask on the affected areas, and rinse it off after 15 minutes.

Fruit Peels: Blending fruits together, applying onto your face, and then let them sit on your face till they dry out is the best natural way to peel off the top damaged layer of your skin to fade away the freckles. The gummy fruits mask after drying out glue to your skin. Gently wipe off the dried mask which will help to peel away the damaged skin cells.

You can make a fruits peel by blending together strawberries and kiwi. Apply it over your face focusing on the areas affected with freckles. Allow the mixture to dry out entirely. Peel off the dried fruit, and then wash your face with water.

5. Papaya: Papaya contains papain, an enzyme that can help to lighten and get rid of freckles. Mash a ripe papaya and apply over the affected areas. After it has dried out, rinse it off with some cold water. This remedy helps in lightening and removing freckles and other kinds of blemishes. It also makes your skin healthy and soft.

A useful tip is that as the freckles can re-appear due to a change in climate, you must apply the above remedies for a longer period so as to keep the freckles at bay.

Get Rid Of Freckles – Preventive Measures

It’s always said prevention is better than cure, especially when the medical treatments are expensive. Freckles can occur due to genes. We can do nothing about it, except to curse the stars. Here we will deal with the freckles that occur over time due to sun exposure. Normally they go away in winters, but they reappear every summer if you don’t take sun exposure solutions to protect your skin against the sun’s rays.

1. You need to start applying sun-protection measures from a younger age. That is the time when you are likely to spend more time outside playing.

2. Choose sunscreens with an SPF value according to the environmental conditions around you. The more your exposure is to the sun rays, higher should be the SPF. Apply sunscreen on all areas that are exposed to the sun, as freckles can appear anywhere.

3. Avoid the sun during the times between 10 am to 4 pm, as this is the time when the sun-rays are the strongest.

4. Make sure that you apply sunscreen after every few hours, while you are out in the sun. As the so called sweat proof or water proof sunscreens are seldom effective.

5. Wear broad-brimmed hat and try to remain in shade as much as possible. This is particularly required in case of those having fair skin, light or red hair and light eyes, as they are more likely to have genes that can cause freckles.

6. The people who have sensitivity to heat need to be more careful, as they are likely to get their skin sun-damaged that can expose them to malignant skin cancer in the future.

Vitamin C To Get Rid Of Freckles

Vitamin C helps in lightening freckles. So include in your diet those foods that are rich in vitamin C, like citrus fruits, kiwis, spinach and other green leafy vegetables. Alternatively, you can take vitamin C supplements with the advice of your doctor.

Freckles Removal Treatments

The third technique to remove freckles is the over-the-counter creams or medical treatments. But these can be expensive.

1. Skin Lightening Creams: You can get over-the-counter skin lightening creams that work as freckle remover. They are designed to remove freckles and are based on different ingredients. They work to remove both types of freckles, natural as well as sun-related. For best results first read the label and then apply it accordingly.

(i) You can choose a cream that contains licorice extract which is known for its skin lightening properties.

(ii) Another type of variant available is with aloe Vera. It serves dual purpose; first it lightens the skin and second it moisturizes your skin as well. It does not have side effects.

(iii) Some other creams have chemicals, such as hydroquinone and oxybenzone. They are effective in lightening the skin, but also have skin damaging effects. Before choosing such creams, you must read the label first for possible side effects and test it by applying it on your skin.

2. Microdermabrasion: This freckle removal treatment uses a jet of minute particles to remove the top layer of skin and in the process lighten freckles. This procedure is normally carried out over a number of sessions.

3. Other medical treatments include chemical peels and laser freckle removal technique. But before choosing any of these medical treatments, you must consult your doctor.


(i) You must apply sunscreens a couple of times during the day when you are out in the sun. As there is no such thing as sweat-proof or water-proof sunscreens.

(ii) For many people the freckles fade away in winters and reappear when summer comes. They are advised to take preventive measures as outlined above.

(iii) The sun-rays have most damaging effect during hours from 10 am to 4 pm.

(iv) Eat lots fruits and vegetables that contain vitamin C, like citrus fruits and spinach.

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  1. I have lots of freckles on my face dark brown black coloured
    Which cream is useful for this problem
    Please share your thoughts

    • My suggestion is you apply the above remedies to get rid of freckles. If you don’t see any improvement in 4-6 weeks then you consult a good dermatologist. I don’t recommend any over-the-counter cream as you never know how your skin will react to the chemicals contained in a freckles-removing cream.

      • @ Archie:

        It depends on the intensity of the freckles. In normal case, the freckles will start getting lightened in 6-8 weeks.

  2. My daughter is 9 years old. This year she develop a few freckles on the face under her eyes. I really don’t want her to have anymore I making her to put sunscreen every time she goes out. Can I use these remedies on her? Are they good for her age?

    • @ Amy:

      You can use these remedies for your daughter, but take followng precautions:

      (i) Lemon joice is acidic, so use a little amount of it. If using all alone, dilute it first with rose water (you can use clean plain water also)

      (ii) For any treatment bought from market, test it before using it. You can test it on a small skin patch behind the ear of your daughter. Same rule apply to any other remedy when you are in doubt.

    • @ lexi:


      Lemon juice is a natural remedy without any side effects, but it can take long time to show positive result. In case of a very few individuals having sensitive skin or allergy to lemon juice, one needs to be a liitle careful and test check lemon juice on his or her skin.

      A skin lightening cream usually contains chemicals that might have some side effects and damage your skin. They may be more effective in lightening the skin, but also have skin damaging effects. Before choosing any cream, you must read the label first for possible side effects and test it by applying it on your skin.

      Now it would depen on you which way you want to go………..

  3. What treatment would be the fastest ways to get rid of freckles. School starts in 5 weeks and I want them to be lightened before school start. I dont have senstive skin.

    • @alexus:

      Firstly, I would like to tell you that you should not bother much about freckels on your skin. Even many celeberities have freckles on their faces.

      Yes, you can try to reduce the freckels appearance. The natural remedies are without any side effects, but give results slowly over a long period. You can try above remedy number 1 and 2 every day regularly.

      On the other hand the commercial beauty products can act faster, but some of them are sham and others usually contain chemicals that might damage your skin. Before choosing any beauty product, you must read the label first for possible side effects and test it by applying it on your skin.

    • @ Priya:

      The natural remedies usually are without any side effects unless you have allergy to the ingredients used. But they may take a little longer time to show positive results as compared to the commercial products. But the commercial products are sometimes sham and fail to fulfill promises. They can also have side effects due to chemicals used.

      Having said that, the first 2 remedies may take up to 4-5 weeks to starts showing noticeable positive results. Use them everday consistently to have faster results.

  4. Madam Please give me suggestion for hair loss. What should I use for my hair. My hair have been falling from last six month.

  5. I am 24 years old.I am not taking any medicine.Last month I went to the Doctor and He has given me Xtin-forte tablets and one liquid Monoxidil . And for freckles He has suggested me Advance chemical peels and Q switch Nd Yag Laser.Is it OK ?

      • @ Priya:

        I think liquid Monoxidil you can use continuously (but still go as per doctor advice), but Xtin-forte contains folic acid and other artificial nurtients, so consult your doctor about how often and how long should you take it?

  6. I have freckles, and I hate them, the older I get seems like I’m getting more of them…….help…. What home remedy should I try?

  7. Does above home remedies help to reduce freckle for temporary or permanent? Is there is chances of reoccurrence of freckles after it fade away.plz make clear on it.Looking forward for ur reply

  8. @ Laxmi:

    Yes, they can reoccur. But to reduce their chance of reoccurrence, you can follow the above mentioned preventive measures…..

  9. hi sir I have some freckles on my face…I have consult with doctor but there are no improvement with their treatment ..I apply home remedies suggested by you many times but there are no improvement …plz suggest me …

  10. I have black freckles which seems like little moles over my face . I have applied lemons too and even consulted doctor too but didn’t got any result . getting frustrated . I am of fair complextion and I live in Guwahati where humidity is too high .please suggest remedies for dark circles too. Waiting for a helpful response . thank you

  11. Hello, Mam, I wanted to ask you some questions. I am 19 years old . My face is oily and I have lots of small pimples and some in big sizes. I have tried lots of tubes and tablets but when I stop using the medician, again the pimples again start coming out. Can you please tell me what to do..?

  12. I really have a problem with my frackles that are caused by the sun? Can you please help me? Everything I use for freckles give me pimples please help??

  13. Hello ma’am. I am now 19 years old.I was born without any spots in the face by birth, However, at eight months since birth I started developing few spots under my right eye which eventually increased to many spots by the time I reached nine years of age,and then it has stopped and has not increased then after.
    Please help me madam to completely cure the spots, that I developed only in my right side under the eye (Ma’am i don’t have a single spot in the left side of my face). Also ma’am is this problem of mine a case of freckles or is it something else?
    Ma’am I have tried with many medicines but it has not worked so far. My parents are also very worried about these spots. Ma’am, we hence kindly request you to please help us as your advice would surely cure my spots……Ma’am It’s urgent…Please help Ma’am… THANK YOU….

  14. hi…..
    i got freckles last summer and i don’t know how to get rid off them. Also can i use a lime instead of a lemon. Plz answear

    • @ lissa:

      Apply these remedies with patience and soon your freckles will start reducing. Yes, you can use lime instead of lemon – they almost have similar skin benefits..

  15. Hi, as i hav3 some freckles on my cheeks due to aun exposure, i really wanted to get rid of it so i googled some cream reviews i got to know about the X white cream from UK which have bearberry extract and kojic acid. Is it safe and also effective? Should i try it?

  16. I have a lot of freckles and always have since I was younger. My freckles are intense and noticeable. If I start these remedies and miraculously my freckles fade away, can they come back intense and noticeable as they are now?

    • @ Becca:

      Try these remedies consistently with patience. You will definitely be benefitted and your freckles will remain under control.

    • @ jake:

      Try a product containing hydroquinone and kojic acid with less than 2% concentration. Such a product can help lighten freckles, if applied consistently over a period of months. Before applying just test check it over a small affected area to know how your skin reacts to it.

  17. Hello mam….i have freckles on my face especially under eye area with dark circles and now on lips as well they are appearing. And all these happen in just last 4 years. I tried alot of medicines ( Allopathic, homeo, ayurvedic, home remedies) but all in vain. I hate these freckles. Help me to get rid of it.

  18. Do cucumbers work to remove feckless? I personally have a lot and if I use the cucumber method 2 times a day, when will I start to see results?

    • @ John:

      Freshly squeezed cucumber juice can fade out the frickles. You can apply it alone or a small amount of freshly made cucumber juice can be mixed with 1 tablespoon of raw milk. Apply this mixture onto the freckles, leaving it on for about 20 minutes. Apply this remedy 2-3 times a day for a month. You will see the results in a month time.

      You can also use a mixture of freshly squeezed lemon juice and plain, unflavored, unswettened yogurt.

    • @ John:

      Milk contains lactic acid that help in peeling away the top layer of skin, making freckles lighter in appearance. Cucumber juice acts as an effective natural skin bleach. So these two when combined together work as compliments to each other and chances of fading away of freckles improve.

      Don’t mix water with cucumber juice as it will reduce its strength.

  19. Why with milk? And also would it work to mix with water? Should I only use this method to remove freckles or use other methods at the same time as well?

    • @ John:

      The lactic acid contained in raw milk peels away the top layer of skin, making freckles look lighter. Cucumber juice has skin bleaching properties. So the strength of the two increase when they get combined.

      You can use other methods also for faster and more positive results.

  20. I’m a girl of 17years and got a lot of freckles in my face.. have trying home remedies for last one month.. result remain the same pls..give me some other suggestions to remove those freckles

    • @ munya:

      You may try the home remedies for a month more. If you don’t start seeing any improvement then you may try bleaching or fading creams. Products containing hydroquinone and kojic acid can be bought with and without a prescription. Higher concentrations of hydroquinone (over 2%) require a prescription. These products can help lighten freckles if they are applied consistently over a period of months. Bleaching or fading creams are most effective in combination with sun avoidance and sun protection.

  21. Hello ma’am..same here I’m suferering from freckles since when I was 8 and now I’m 25. With passage of time these freckles spread all over my face which is clearly noticeable so what if I use lemon juice all over my face before I get to sleep

  22. I am 14 years old and I want to get rid of the freckles on my face. I get a good amount of sun so I think that is what caused them to appear, what would the quickest and most efficient way be to get rid of these freckles?

    Thank you very much!

  23. Can we use lemon juce once a day i do not have so much freckles like all over my face ther are some on my nose under my eyes and some other places on my face so how will it take to fully get removed from these freckles….
    Please reply……..

    • @ Khizran:

      You can apply lemon juice once a day. Take care that the lemon juice does not go into your eyes, so keep away from the areas surrounding your eyes. Try the remedies and let us know the results after 3-4 weeks…

  24. my daughter has white patches on her back and chest. she also has white patches under her armpits and groin area. what can you adviae ro be used to get rid of them. i noticed 2 small patches appering on her face.

  25. hi mam my mother has freckles on her cheeks , nose and forehead and a very little on her upperlips ,her age is 42 and his skin is also very sensitive , so plz suggest me that what tip should she apply to permanent get rid of these freckles within a few months

    • For sensitive skin one has to choose a remedy with care. I would recommend following remedies:

      (i) Fruit Mask: You can also try this fruit mask. Blend together two ripe strawberries, a two inch piece of papaya, and appropriate quantities of cucumber and pineapple. Apply the mask to the face, and wash off after 30 minutes.

      (ii) Sour Milk: Try a paste of sour milk and oats to fade the freckles.

      (iii) Skin Lightening Kitchen Ingredients: These ingredients from the kitchen can also fade the freckles – honey, cucumber, and nutmeg paste.

  26. thank u mam , and i want to disscus this thing with you that my mother’s face skin also become very thin so what should she do for this , and secondly you suggest her the fruit mask and sour milk so, i want to know that how long should she apply these tips

  27. mam, and my mother’s freckles on face are slowly increasing , so what should she do for this , and she is also weak so is there any need take some better diet , if yes then what diet plz.. suggest her some better diet

    • Diet depends on the age and health condition. Although, I can suggest a healthy diet – but as it should be advised after taking age and health condition of your mother in to consideration so it’s better that you consult a doctor for this.

  28. thank u , but doctors also suggest her some healthy diet , as she has deficiency of blood , iron ,vitamin d and calcium so doctors suggest her to some green leaves,meat,eggs ,carrot and other fruits but can u plz.. make us a proper time table of healthy diet of a month , i shall be very thankful to u

    • An expert dietician can make the diet plan for her. It depends on many factors, such as weight, age, physical conditions, medical history if any, etc. So you should not rely on online advice. Please check with your doctor.

  29. Lemon doesn’t suits my skin… plz suggest me other option… can curd and gram flour pack remove freckles? my skin is oily sensitive and acne prone… plz help me..

    • I suggest you try sour cream remedy. The lactic acid present present in sour milk can help in getting rid of freckles. This remedy can be used safely in case of sensitive skin.

      Apply some sour cream on the affected skin and let it dry out for some time. Now, gently wipe it off with a soft tissue or a towel. Then apply some moisturizer. This remedy will not cause skin irritation or dryness. Do this at least once daily until the freckles go away.

      You can also rinse the affected skin with sour milk daily.

      If you do not have sour milk, you can use yogurt.

        • Yes, you can do that. Simply mix well 1 tablespoon of yogurt, i table spoon of organic honey and 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Adjust the quantities as per your need. Smooth the mask over your face, leaving it on for about 20 minutes. Wet a gentle sponge in cold water and wipe the mask off.

          Honey nourishes your skin and peels the dead skin cells off due to the acid present in it. Lemon contains vitamin C, so works as an exfoliator. It will smooth the skin tone, lightens it (including the marks). Honey at the same time will act as a cleansing and healing agent. It contains anti-bacterial properties that help fight acne.

          If your skin responds to this mixture without irritation, you can use this mask twice a week.

  30. Why do you think everyone hates freckles? I freaking love my freckles i feel so cute with them. I can understand if someone might not like freckles just how some people don’t like curly hair or straight hair or dark skin or light skin. Some people dont like their freckles but a lot of people do. Im very much into skin care and like using masks and such but i try to avoid things that will fade my freckles as i love them very much. I appreciate this article and the information on it but if i were to change anything i would not say “everyone hates freckles” but instead put “for those of you that dont like their freckles i have listed several ways to fade them”

    Saying that freckles make you less beautiful is entirely not true. Anyone reading this comment I want you to know that YOU ARE AMAZING!! If you want to remove them then you apsolutely can. Its entirely your decision!! But I want you to stop and look at yourself in the mirror first. Look at all the things you see that you like and not what you don’t. You are an amazing human being and despite your flaws, are beautiful. Everyone has flaws but only a few have the courage to flaunt it and make it look good.


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