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Is there an OTC product that can help reduce the appearance of freckles?

Reducing the appearance of freckles is an age-old problem.  People have looked for ways to lighten them – and even skin tones – for years.  Unfortunately, there is no tried and true way to definitively lighten them.  Some people will get improvement by using things such as sour cream, honey, or lemon juice.  While these may be of limited benefit, it is more important to do everything you can to prevent them from darkening.  The most effective way to do that is to limit sun exposure.  Be sure to avoid the peak sun hours of 12 PM to 4 PM, wear sunscreen and reapply as necessary when in the sun.  Hope this helps!


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Mark Callery, DO

Family Medicine, Skin Care

Utica Park Clinic – Owasso 

10512 N. 110th East Ave., Suite 200

Owasso, OK  74055