Most forms of hyperpigmentation and discoloration are treated the same way regardless of the cause. For instance, dark spots from acne, discoloration from pregnancy, or pigment from sun exposure, despite the varying causes can be treated in the same way. Here are some tips to get that even skin tone, a radiant complexion, and fade dark spots for good…
Over time, the dark pigment from dark spots and acne marks gets deeper into skin. It’s easier to fade dark marks if you start treating them as soon as possible when they’re relatively new. If you start early, uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation will be gone even as fast as 8 weeks. Treat dark spots before they’re 6 months old to fade them quicker.
Bring out the big guns—go strong
The top best pigment correctors that help fade spots fast, and most reliable ingredients that get the job done are Vitamin C, Retinol and AHAs. Try a combination skincare routine that blends all or two of these awesome ingredients for reliable and effective results. When using Retinol and AHAs, start slowly (e.g. once every other day or 3 times a week) to avoid irritation and increase usage as your skin adjusts to the new products. Dark spots will fade and your skin tone will become more balanced and even in just few weeks.
By the time we’re 30, most of us have pigmentation that’s visible either with the naked eye or under UV photography. Instead of going for products that target just one concern or contain just one active ingredient, go for more powerful multi-functional serums and creams that deliver multiple benefits to your skin. For instance, a serum with Vitamin C, Retinol and Salicylic acid will not only help fade spots but also help prevent new spots by preventing new breakouts. Similarly, daily use of serums with active botanicals that brighten a dull complexion as well as being rich in antioxidants (e.g. a combination of Rosehips, Vitamin C, Carrot extract, Licorice, etc) that protect your skin will continuously guarantee a clear spotless face by suppressing excessive melanin production, and soon, dark spots will be a thing of the past.
You have to find a way to move things along and prevent clutter on your skin. This means making sure your pores are unclogged, dead skin cells are sloughed off, and find a way to increase cell renewal. The best way is to incorporate peels like a glycolic peel into your skincare routine. These are effective in treating discoloration in all skin types and some can be used safely at home 2-3 times a week. A glycolic acid serum will also do a great job and you don’t have to wash it off. You might not notice the benefits of AHAs immediately, but be patient and consistent and look again after 3-6 months… See, where did the large pores go to? Ooh, wait, you used to have dark spots too, where are they now?
Do not self-sabotage by failing to stick to simple skincare basics. Always remember that sun exposure makes dark spots worse and discoloration deeper. If you don’t wear sunscreen, get exposed to sun without covering your face (e.g. wear a hat or use a scarf) then those dark spots are here to stay. It doesn’t matter if you bathe in AHAs or drink Vitamin C, the skin needs protection from the sun. If you can, avoid unnecessary sun exposure especially between 11am-3pm. Use SPF30 or more daily, avoid harsh soaps and scrubs which irritate and dry out your skin, be consistent, give your skin time to heal, and allow it to adjust to new skincare routines.
Results from antioxidants and skin brighteners can take time. The older the dark spots, the longer it takes to fade them completely. For instance, do not expect a miracle skincare product that will fade dark spots and acne marks that have piled up on your face over the years from your teen age to your 30s. I wish it was that miraculous! If you’ve used AHAs, Vitamin C, Retinol and other antioxidants for 6-18 months and you’ve never seen any positive change that makes you happy, and i mean nada, nothing at all, then it’s time to schedule a meet and talk to a dermatologist about more advanced professional peels, some laser sessions or prescription treatments that target pigmentation and excess melanin. If something does not work for you, or you don’t get the expected results after months of use, dust yourself and try again. Don’t give up; healthy clear complexion is within reach. You just need to get it right once…
Mother of them All: Vitamin C is the superstar ingredient in your brightening or spot fade skincare routine. Skin exfoliators like Glycolic Acid and use of sunscreen are major parts of fading dark spots, but this equation would never be complete without a Vitamin C serum or cream. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects skin from further sun damage, fades dark spots by limiting melanin production, and keeps your skin looking radiant and youthful. Vitamin C helps your skin cells regenerate and repair faster which means healthy looking skin. Imagine how beautiful and flawless your skin would be if you apply Vitamin C serum religiously during the day and never skin your SPF!