What to Do About Dark Spots
If the aging process is causing irregular pigmentation to show up on your skin, you aren’t alone. As the years go by, dark spots and patches can appear on the complexion, making it appear uneven. The good news is that age-defying skin lightening treatments target these issues by helping to shed dark colored cells or by disrupting the production of pigment.
Some formulas are intended for treating individual spots on the face, hands or body, helping them to fade gently. Other creams are best when smoothed over larger areas like the face and neck, providing hydration and nourishment to your skin as well as addressing unevenly-colored patches.
Hydroquinone for Dark Spots
Over-the-counter lightening products containing 2% hydroquinone lighten skin by inhibiting tyrosinase, the enzyme required for making melanin. Hydroquinone is an FDA-approved ingredient for the purpose of addressing dark spots on the skin. While it’s considered very effective by many dermatologists, it can cause sensitivity and isn’t appropriate for everyone.
Brightening with Exfoliation
Products containing alpha hydroxy acids work by reducing cell adhesion on the surface layer of the skin, exfoliating dead skin cells and allowing darkened patches to be removed.
For those with sensitive skin or who prefer a gentler or natural approach, products containing ingredients like vitamin C, kojic acid and licorice can help subtly brighten the skin and allow the complexion to appear more even.
Skin blemishes can appear at any time of life due to sun exposure, hormone-related acne breakouts, medical conditions or skin changes during pregnancy. The right product for your skin’s specific needs will work to diminish the visible effects of hyperpigmentation and help you to achieve a lighter, more luminous complexion.
While it is always wise to use sunscreen, those who use skin lighteners should be extra careful to protect their skin in order to increase the effectiveness of the treatment, prevent dark spots from becoming worse, and minimize the chance of further damage from the sun.back to top »
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