Sun Spot & Freckle Removal Toronto

How to Get Rid of Freckles or Sun Damage

Let’s face it: while some find freckles cute or appealing, you don’t have to agree simply because you have them. Freckles are essentially clusters of skin cells containing the pigment melanin, which create tan or light brown spots on your skin’s surface. Freckles aren’t harmful, or painful, and they’re flat rather than raised. But while the idea that freckles are for life has years of traction behind it, there are tried and true ways to achieve a smoother, more even-looking complexion with treatments for freckle removal, and the cost doesn’t have to break you, either.

What Causes Freckles?

The skin contains cells known as melanocytes which generate melanin. In turn, melanin works to protect your skin from the UV rays. Exposure to the sun is what triggers your skin to generate more melanin. Freckles are simply a build-up of melanin on the outer layer of your skin. Even though light-skinned people typically produce less melanin, their melanocytes generate more melanin when exposed to the sun’s rays. This is why the majority of people with a lot of freckles have pale skin, although anyone can get them.

The Best Way to Get Rid of Freckles Fast

Wear Sunscreen

While wearing sunscreen will not eliminate existing freckles, it will help to prevent new ones from forming. If you’re trying to avoid new freckles, it’s best to wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, all year, even if it’s cloudy outside. For best results, apply sunscreen to your skin at least 15 minutes before going out, and reapply it every two hours, as well as after swimming or sweating excessively.

Laser Treatments

Laser treatments are an extremely effective way to treat even the most challenging areas of discoloured skin. Using pulses of focused, intense light, they penetrate the skin with deep-reaching wavelengths, heat up select dark spots, and get rid of them by causing the hyperpigmented skin to flake off post-treatment. According to research, the 1064 Q-Switched Nd YAG laser is effective at lightening more than 50 percent of freckles in 62 percent of participants.

Laser Freckle Removal Cost

As with any course of treatment, your laser freckle removal cost will depend on how you choose to get rid of your freckles. Typically, however, a chemical peel starts at $399/treatment, a FotoFacial IPL Treatment starts at $499/treatment, and laser skin treatments start at $799, but can cost up to $2999 should you opt for a Fractora facial treatment. During your pre-procedure consultation, your doctor will help determine the most effective treatment(s) for your skin, your goals, and your budget.
Chemical Peels

For mild to moderate freckle removal needs, a chemical peel that includes mild glycolic acid can be very effective at penetrating the skin’s middle layers. A chemical solution is used to exfoliate and superficially injure the skin in order to induce a healing response, which then helps evacuate the darkened pigment. Once the damaged skin has been expelled, new skin is generated.

Chemical Peels

For mild to moderate freckle removal needs, a chemical peel that includes mild glycolic acid can be very effective at penetrating the skin’s middle layers. A chemical solution is used to exfoliate and superficially injure the skin in order to induce a healing response, which then helps evacuate the darkened pigment. Once the damaged skin has been expelled, new skin is generated.

How to Get Rid of Freckles Naturally

If you tend to prefer natural, DIY, at-home remedies, it’s worth noting that some people have also successfully learned how to get rid of freckles using the following common household ingredients.

Lemon Juice

Lemon is a great source of vitamin C, and vitamin C has photoprotective and anti-pigmentary properties that help protect your skin from damaging UV rays. Use a cotton ball to apply lemon juice directly onto your skin, leave it on for 10 minutes, and then rinse it off. Repeat this twice a week to lighten freckles.

Honey

Honey contains phenolic and flavonoid compounds that can help control the excess production of melanin in your skin. Spread a thin layer of honey onto your skin, leave it for 5 to 10 minutes, then wash off with warm water. Honey’s antioxidant properties may help to lighten freckles over time.

Buttermilk

Buttermilk contains lactic acid, which may help to lighten freckles. Twice a week, apply buttermilk directly to your skin. Alternatively, you can also create a mask by combining buttermilk with oatmeal to create a thick paste. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes, and then rinse it off with warm water.

Solutions

Chemical Peel Techniques

Our chemical peels contain mild yet potent glycolic acid that penetrates your skin’s middle layers to superficially wound the skin, exfoliating and sloughing away areas which are damaged or discoloured–including those pesky freckles! Once damaged skin is removed, fresh, unblemished skin is generated as you heal.

FotoFacial IPL Treatment

The FotoFacial procedure combines Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) for correcting discolouration or brown spots, fractional radiofrequency energy for wrinkle reduction, and bulk heating radiofrequency energy to tighten skin. Areas most often treated are the ones most commonly exposed to the sun: the face, neck, chest, and hands.

Fractional CO2 Laser

Conducted with a fractional ablative or non-ablative laser, our skin rejuvenation laser treatments use pulses of focused, intense light to target damaged or darkened skin. We have a wide variety of cutting edge lasers, so rest assured we’ll select the one perfectly suited to your case. This procedure also stimulates collagen production, for overall younger-looking skin.



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