Some people get them, some don’t. If you are one of the unlucky ones that have dark spots then you understand just how hard it is to get rid of them. They’re usually not very noticeable to anyone but yourself, but finding a way to fix the discoloration will make you feel so much better about your skin. Plus you won’t be wasting a ton of money on concealer anymore!
What Causes Dark Spots
Well, there are two types of dark spots: ones that appear from sun damage and ones that appear from the overproduction of melanin, thanks to the hormone progesterone.
Too much sun on unprotected skin will eventually cause the damage to become noticeable on the top layer of skin.
Hormones are always messing with our skin, causing breakouts and clogged pores, but too much progesterone in our bodies can cause an overproduction of melanin causing an uneven skin tone.
Both types of hyperpigmentation can appear to look the same and take form as large or small discoloration spots on your face, neck or decollete.
Definite Way To Fix Them
First and foremost I want to say that it will take weeks to completely fade these spots. There is no miracle product or treatment that will erase them after one use! It will take time and patience, but if you follow these guidelines you can have your beautiful, even skin back. (Trust me, I am JUST NOW getting rid of mine, and it works.)
- Protect your skin every. single. day. Wear a light sunscreen under your makeup, even if your foundation contains an spf. You won’t make much progress if you aren’t blocking out harmful rays.
- Use the appropriate skin care. You can find entire skin care lines that focus entirely on evening out skin tone, and brightening the complexion. USE THEM. It will only help your skin heal faster. I recommend SkinCeuticals. It’s what I use, and they have specific products that have great reviews and are for pigmentation issues.
- Use a Retinoid. It is the fastest proven way to get rid of discoloration. You can get a prescription from your dermatologist if you want the strong stuff. Retin-A is a powerful form of vitamin A, that is known to speed up cell turnover. When you’re doing that you’re not only renewing the top layer of skin to remove dark spots, but you’re boosting collagen production as well! You can use it on your fine lines and wrinkles, too! Bonus!
- Don’t stop caring for your skin. It’s easy to say, “Okay, they’ve all disappeared!” and think that that means you can go back to using your bar of soap for a cleanser and not using moisturizer anymore. No. You have to continue a daily skin care regimen to maintain the healthy skin that you’ve established. You don’t have to continue using the Retinoid, but you should continue to use the skin care. Otherwise you’ll notice those spots returning and all of that time and money will have been wasted.
It also doesn’t hurt to get regular facials from a licensed esthetician. She will be able to help direct you to certain treatments to speed up the dark spot removal process.
Feel free to visit me at Ihloff Utica Square Tulsa for a free skin consultation!