Hi J.. Yes - you're correct - there is nothing permanent you can do to remove the spots unless you go the dermatologist route. However, I use a product called NutriMinC RE9 (it's Arbonne's anti-aging skincare line)...the eye creme has kojic acid in it, which is a lightener. I started using this botanically-based skincare system last Summer and even at that time of year I saw a lightening in the freckles/sun spots. I have even used the eye creme on my nose to assist with those spots.:) Plus - the overall appearance of my skin has improved!
It's not a miracle in a jar - nothing really is - but if you are interested in trying it, let me know. I can get you a sample of everything so you can try it in your home for a couple of days. Then, if you decide you want to order it, there is a 45 day money-back guarantee, which is great so you can try it out for an extended amount of time w/o the risk of losing money. Let me know how I can help.