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How to Get Rid of Dark Spots

It is the night before a big presentation and you just noticed how dark your sunspots have gotten. You desperately reach for your phone and quickly Google, “how to remove dark spots overnight.” Luckily for you, Google comes back with over 11 million results ranging from videos, to blog posts to home remedies that will “definitely” lighten your dark spots before your big meeting. You haphazardly follow all the tutorials you have the time for only to wake up the next day with the same spots from the night before.

So, what exactly is hyperpigmentation?What is hyperpigmentation

It’s the release of melanin (pigment) due to the stimulation of melanogenesis.

In simpler terms, dark spots are primarily caused by the abundance of pigment on your skin. However, it’s not that simple. Dark spots on your skin may arise due to several different reasons such as a hormonal imbalance, overexposure to sun, or even because you are predisposed to getting them. Before you learn how to remove your dark spots, you should learn what type you have, where they come from and why.

Sun Exposure

The main reason you might find that your skin is producing these dark spots is from overexposure to the sun, or any other type of UV rays.

  • Going to the pool or beach often
  • Tanning beds
  • The light from your computer
  • Spending too much time in the sun

Any of these can be the cause of your spots. It is safe to say that before you consider changing anything in your skincare regimen, you should begin to include a daily SPF of 20 or higher.

 If your skin is exposed to UV rays on a daily basis the process of evening the complexion will be slowed, if not halted. SPF has hundreds of benefits that have nothing to do with the solution of dark circles, and should be an integral part of your daily routine.

Hormonal Imbalance

Did you know that any hormone fluctuation or imbalance could induce hyperpigmentation? Although in this case it is called melasma.

You are not alone

Did you also know that melasma affects five to six million American women annually? You’re not alone!

  • Oral contraceptives
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Thyroid dysfunction

All of these can lead to this type of hyperpigmentation, which is extremely common and sometimes difficult to remove altogether. You should also note that this type of dark spots might not subside once the hormone imbalance is normalized.

Post-Inflammatory (PIH)

This is when pigment is deposited as a result of surface irritation, inflammation or scarring of your face. Common triggers of this type include:

  • Acne
  • Dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Bug bites
  • Shaving-related ingrown hairs.

Now that you’ve been introduced to the different types of dark spots that may appear on your face, it is time to figure out what remedy will work best for you.

It should be clear to you by now that no skin condition can be fixed overnight. There is no magical solution or secret potion that will magically remove all of your spots. It is also important to note that it is natural for your face to show more marks and spots as you age. Just think of them as battle scars.

Now that you know the different causes for dark spots, let's talk about how we can try to get rid of them. 

SPF

This was already mentioned before, but it is so important that it deserves to be mentioned twice. You should wear a daily SPF of at least 20 on a daily basis. This will not only help in the reduction of dark spots, but it will help prevent the creation of new ones. When you go to the beach or anywhere with a lot of sun exposure, you should try to reapply at least every two hours to ensure the UV rays do not attack your face.

Try our ultra-hydrating moisturizer with spf 20. It's an easy everyday solution to prevent any unwanted skin damage. It's better to be proactive and stop the creation of sunspots before they even begin!

Exfoliate

While using daily exfoliators can help the reduction of dark circles over time, it can be extremely beneficial to seek professional help. Treatments such as microdermabrasion, which uses a minimally invasive instrument to sand your skin to remove the thicker outer later, or a superficial peel can be highly effective in removing dead skin and darker spots that have appeared on your face. You should check with your dermatologist which procedure can work best for your skin type before you ask for either one.

Increase Cell Turnover

Cell turnover is the process by which your skin produces new skin cells. Topical creams with ingredients such as retinol or hydroquinone are highly effective in improving the overall color and quality of your skin, as they promote cell turnover. 

Our retinol night cream is the perfect solution for you. It contains retinol, which is an anti-aging ingredient that helps generate healthy skin with an even complexion. Say goodbye to dark spots! 

Inhibit Melanogenesis

Melanogenesis is the process of creating the pigment of your skin. If your face is producing too much, you might start to notice the appearance of dark spots.

This solution is particularly helpful for people who have a predisposition to dark spots. There are many different ingredients to look out for that help in the inhibition of melanogenesis. These include: hydroquinone, arbutin, retinoids, lactic acid and kojic acid. 

Dark spots can arise from many different issues that can take up to months to resolve, so don’t stress out when your treatments are not producing immediate results. Always keep in mind that consistency is key when it comes to caring for your dark spots.

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