Dark Spots

Dark spots on the face are sometimes called age spots or liver spots and can also appear on the hands and chest. They are discolorations due to overexposure to the sun (which is why they are also called sun spots), damage from acne and genetic or hormonal in some cases. When pockmarked on your face they can make you look much older than your age.

These spots can be easily removed or faded by changing the pigmentation of your skin through the application of serums, creams and other treatments. There are a number of dark spot correctors on the market to help with dark spots and other skin discolorations. One such product is Advanced Dermatology which helps even out skin tone and remove spots. There are other made by Garnier, L’Oreal, Clinique, Olay, Garnier and basically all of the big skin care brands that make products for all purposes. Outside of over the counter products, there are also prescription products like hydroquinone.

A serum is recommended over a cream form because they have a higher concentration of the active ingredients and apply more smoothly to the skin. Be sure to visit your dermatologist before starting any new skin care product like a dark spot corrector, especially if you suffer from other skin issues like acne, to avoid suffering an adverse reaction.

When looking for a good dark spot corrector, there are two things that you should be watching for. It needs to have active ingredients to remove the outermost layer of skin where the damage is visible, as well as penetrate into the skin’s inner layers and inhibit melanin production. This is talked about in another post on this site about liver spots. Many dermatologists recommend hydroquinone as a melanin blocker and Retin-A for shedding the skin’s outer layer. When using these two products in conjunction, significant fading of the dark spots can be seen with consistent for even the worst cases. Patience is recommended as this process does not happen overnight, rather it will take a few weeks.

sun spots on face before and after
Before and after a dark spot corrector

An over the counter product can work as well, though takes more patience and can take up to several months. The fading will be more gradual than using a prescription strength skin care product. Regardless which product you choose, be sure to use sunblock when exposed to sun to keep from darkening your skin and protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays.

There are also quicker, but more invasive, treatments such as chemical peels and other professional procedures. These can be more costly than using a serum or cream, and come with the risk of irritation or discoloration to the skin afterwards. With this in mind, I recommend a dark spot corrector over these procedures. It will be an exercise in patience but come without the side effects of these procedures.

Most of us, especially those of us getting up there in age, suffer from dark spots on our body or face to some extent. With a little research on dark spot correctors and finding the right skin product for you, they don’t have to be an unsightly nuisance anymore.