4 Ways Julianne Moore Can Get Rid of Freckles

K. Mathews on 17 Mar 2012 at 11:00am

Julianne Moore freckles

“I don’t love my freckles,” said actress Julianne Moore in an interview with Allure magazine. The four-time Oscar nominee even wrote a children’s book, Freckleface Strawberry, about being picked on as a kid for her appearance. Now 51, Moore still resents her freckles, admitting, “I’d really rather not have them, but there’s nothing I can do about them.” Au contraire! Here are four ways to reduce the appearance of freckles:

1. Fraxel Laser

Fraxel freckles

Fraxel laser targets and improves sun-damaged and aging skin. Facial plastic surgeon Dr. Michael A. Persky considers Fraxel the “most effective treatment for the removal of body freckles.” He admires how it can be used quickly and successfully on the entire body, rather than restricted to particular areas.

2. Active FX

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Active FX is an anti-aging laser treatment. Several doctors recommend this resurfacing laser for its ability to significantly lighten freckles. “Depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment, the spots may actually be removed,” says dermatologist Dr. Susan Van Dyke. “It ‘vaporizes’ tiny areas of the top layer of the skin.”

3. IPL

IPL laser

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light, which is used as a form of photorejuvenation. While Dr. Gustavo A. Diaz suggests some of the other methods if you desire a wrinkle and freckle treatment simultaneously (the two issues tend to go hand in hand with sun damage), he recommends IPL instead if freckles are “your only concern.” Not only does IPL reduce the visibility of freckles, it costs less and has a shorter recovery time compared to many of the alternatives.

4. Chemical Peel

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A chemical peel is a solution that peels off the top layers of a person’s skin. In the case of newer freckles (not those you’ve had your entire life), Dr. Michael R. Macdonald says that “certainly a blue peel or TCA chemical peel would be expected to improve, if not completely eliminate the freckles on your legs.”
While some doctors warn that chemical peels work best on the face, Dr. Lawrence Kass adds that he has “achieved wonderful results treating freckles and sun damage on non-facial skin with the Blue Peel.”

Freckles: love 'em or hate 'em?  

Photo credit: nicogenin on Flickr; Grant Stevens, MD; Peter Malouf, DO; Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, MD; David B. Reath, MD