Dark spots on your face are pretty common, especially for people who have spent a lot of time in the sun. Dark spots, also called hyperpigmentation, can also be caused by acne scars or hormonal changes. They often pop up during pregnancy or menopause in women.
There are certain ways to get rid of dark spots, although very dark spots might only be fixed with treatments from a dermatologist. You will also want your dermatologist to check your dark spots because they could be a sign of a disease caused by sun damage. Get checked out just to be safe.
Here are some ways to help lighten or get rid of dark spots:
Hydroquinone creams or serums
One of the best treatments to lighten skin are products with hydroquinone. It is the only ingredient that is considered a bleaching agent, so we do not recommend using a lot of it. The FDA limits the use of this active ingredient in products to 2-4 percent. It is recommended to only use products that contain hydroquinone for a short period of time and discontinue use if it irritates your skin.
Products that contain retinoids are helpful for exfoliating your skin and increasing cell turnover. Promoting new skin growth can get rid of dark spots instead of lightening the skin with products like those with hydroquinone.
Laser treatments or peels
If you are looking for a faster fix, ask your dermatologist about a laser treatment or peel that can get rid of dark spots. Lasers work by removing your skin’s layers and burn the darkened layers of skin off. It sounds painful, but you will likely be numbed first. Ask your doctor about any side effects and keep in mind your skin will be red and irritated after for a while.
Other ingredients to look for and try
There are more natural ingredients to get rid of dark spots. Just keep in mind it may take a while for more natural products to work. Look for products that contain vitamin C, pomegranate extract, beta carotene, azelaic acid, and licorice extract. Brightening products are great for people with a lot of dark spots.
You may also want to learn to prevent dark spots from happening in the first place. Make sure that you always wear sunscreen and protect your skin from the sun. Talk to your dermatologist about your specific skin type and dark spots and ask for ways and products to prevent them.
Do you have dark spots? What products do you find that work well for getting rid of dark spots?
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