Dark spots are one of the most common skin concerns amongst both men and women. More technically referred to as hyperpigmentation, dark spots occur when melanin (the pigment that gives our skin its color) is overproduced in one area. This could be the result of several different factors including sun damage, hormonal changes and/or inflammation.
And while there’s no immediate fix to instantly banish your dark spots, there are 4 highly effective dermatologist solutions which are as follows:
Protecting your skin from sun damage is the #1 preventative action you can take against premature aging, which includes the formation of dark spots. SPF won’t fade existing hyperpigmentation, but it will protect and maintain the results of your treatment products, like Dark Spot Corrector. Keep in mind, even when using the most effective dermatologist-level protocols, sun exposure will continue to draw the dark spots out again so just because the dark spots have faded doesn’t mean you should stop using your treatment products. For the best results, apply a broad spectrum SPF 30-50 in the mornings and reapply throughout the day.
For over forty years, Hydroquinone has been the dermatologist gold standard for reducing the appearance of dark spots—no other ingredient works as well for treating them. Hydroquinone works to help regulate melanin production (let us recall that dark spots are a result of an overproduction of melanin). You can purchases Hydroquinone over-the-counter at 2% concentration, but anything greater requires a prescription. One thing Hydroquinone doesn’t do? Bleach the skin.
You’ve probably heard it before, but we’re here to remind you. Retinol is the most multitasking ingredient in dermatology. It’s no surprise, then, that Retinoids are consistently preferred by the experts to treat a variety of skin concerns due to the substantial clinical data backing this ingredient. Retinoids, when used in combination with Hydroquinone, accelerate skin cell turnover and improve results; this ingredient pair is the dermatologist protocol for fading dark spots. Plus, an added bonus—Retinol helps even skin tone, enhance radiance, refine skin texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Routine exfoliation is important for many reasons. It’s not only effective for maintaining a healthy complexion, but it also helps accelerate dark spot reduction results. Think of it like this—Retinol helps to bring dark spots to the surface more quickly. Then, proper exfoliation helps to remove the dead skin cells more quickly, the same cells that form the dark spots. Use an exfoliating gel mask once a month, like Booster Pack, which replicates in-office treatment in the comfort of your home. And the best part? Because it’s only once a month, exfoliation doesn’t require a lot of effort on your part.
Put simply: wear sunscreen, use a Hydroquinone + Retinol treatment product and exfoliate once a month. Realistically, you’ll see the most improvement after about twelve weeks of consistent treatment.