Is It Possible For Vitamins To Get Rid Of Your Freckles?

Freckles can add character to a person's complexion. According to the Cleveland Clinic, anyone can get freckles, and these little spots can show up in a variety of shades, including tan, dark brown, and red, depending on skin tone. They can also come in different sizes and shapes.

Most freckles appear over time following sunburn or repeated sun exposure, however, genetics, age, and some health conditions can also play a role in their formation. To some people, a dusting of freckles on the face is considered a beauty mark. In fact, fake freckles, drawn on the skin using a makeup pencil, recently became a major beauty trend, according to Vogue France.

To others, however, freckles can be a nuisance. While freckles are generally harmless and don't require treatment, they can be removed or faded if desired using laser treatments, cryosurgery, chemical peels, and some topical creams (per Healthline). Another non-invasive way to get rid of freckles may also be found in health-boosting vitamins.

Vitamins to lighten your freckles

To fade and prevent freckles caused by sun exposure, vitamin C can be an effective solution, as per Byrdie. "A well-formulated vitamin C serum can help suppress melanin cells to keep freckles in check," explains esthetician Renée Rouleau via Byrdie. Similarly, Healthline recommends vitamin C powder to combat dark spots from the sun. When using vitamin C for the skin, look for topical solutions. While vitamin C may be a healthy addition to your diet, a 2011 research article by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University concluded that topical application is an adequate way to reap the benefits of the nutrient.

Additionally, the experts at Healthline explain that retinoid, a vitamin A compound, applied to the skin in a cream can reduce the appearance of freckles. In fact, a 2019 study published in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology concluded that retinoids may also stop new freckles from forming.

Another vitamin that could help fight spots on the skin is vitamin B12. According to a 2008 report published in Canadian Family Physician, hyperpigmentation, which may present as freckle-like spots, could be a sign of low vitamin B12 levels in the body. However, before you start adding large amounts of the vitamin into your diet, it's best to pay a visit to your doctor. They can diagnose a vitamin B12 deficiency using a blood test (via Cleveland Clinic).