A Dark Spot Corrector Can Help You To Look Your Best
Skin discoloration is a common concern for many. All skin is made of cells which produce melanin—it’s what gives skin it’s color. When those cells overproduce too much melanin in certain areas, you get dark spots or hyper-pigmentation. There are many things which can cause this type of trauma on the skin including too much sun exposure, medication, acne (post-acne scarring), hormones, shaving, pregnancy and so much more. Regardless of the time of year, no one wants to have to put on tons of makeup to give the appearance of flawless skin. Makeup is wonderful when it is used to enhance. Enter the Dark Spot Corrector. It is important to get to the root of the concern by treating the skin so that it is smooth, clear, radiant in order to reduce the chances of hyper-pigmentation.
The dark spot corrector comes in many different flavors. Depending on the depth/severity of the discoloration, these methods can prove to be effective. Whatever method you choose, remember that consistency and patience are the key to achieving results.
The Natural Dark Spot Corrector
There are a number of natural home-based remedies, found in your kitchen, that can help with discoloration. Natural remedies may take longer to work on your skin but are also great in maintaining the health of your skin once it is even.
- Lemon (juice). This ingredient has citric acid and is high in vitamin c which is a key ingredient in lightening skin discoloration. Apply directly to the skin with a cotton round after cleansing the skin.
- Tumeric. The natural bleaching properties help to lighten hyper-pigmentation and also helps to maintain the pH level of the skin. Mix with water to create a paste and apply to the affected area.
- Vitamin E. This antioxidant neutralizes UV rays which cause discoloration, repairs, protects and moisturizes the skin. Vitamin E can be found at your local drug store or grocery store and comes in liquid and pill form.
- Milk and Honey. Milk has lactic acid which sloughs off dead skin and honey is a natural humectant and has anti bacterial properties. Create a mixture and apply directly to the skin. Rinse off.
- Apple Cider Vinegar. This ingredient restores natural skin color and contains beta carotene. Use as a toner after cleansing the skin.
- Potatoes. Potatoes contain an enzyme called catecholase which lightens the skin. Simply cut a slice of a potato and gently rub onto the skin.
- Bananas and Honey. Bananas are a natural exfoliator and honey is a humectant and contains anti bacterial properties. Create a paste by mixing the two together and applying to the skin. Rinse off.
The Over The Counter Dark Spot Corrector (OTC)
Over the counter remedies come in various formulations including gels, creams, and serums. These product formulations slow melanin production and lighten existing dark spots and include some of the following key ingredients
- Hydroquinone – Used as a topical application to inhibit the color of the skin.
- Glycolic Acid – Natural ingredient derived from sugar cane.
- Kojic Acid – Derived from fungi (mushrooms).
- Citric Acid – Derived from oranges and lemons.
- Lactic Acid – Derived from milk.
- Malic Acid – Derived from apples and pears.
- Tartaric Acid – Derived from grapes.
Over The Counter remedies are readily available at your local drug and grocery store as well as specialty beauty stores. It is very important to know if you are sensitive or allergic to certain ingredients and that you follow the directions. Please note that hydroquinone can have side effects but can work on very stubborn areas of discoloration. Please consult your physician with any concerns you may have.
- Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum – An oil free serum which contains viniferine which is an ingredient from the grape sap which has been proven to be more effective than vitamin c.
- Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector & Optimizer – This serum contains a dual formulation – one that contains proprietary ingredient CL-302 to improve the appearance of dark spots and the other to help soothe irritation.
- Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel. Although this is not directly a dark spot remover, it helps to clear pores, reduce acne and black heads, clear up residual acne marks and also helps with fine lines and wrinkles. Active ingredients include a 10% glycolic complex as well as licorice and aloe vera.
- Murad Rapid Age Spot And Pigment Lightening Serum. This skin lightening serum includes hydroquinone and glycolic acid that helps fade discoloration including age spots to help reveal clearer skin.
- Black Opal Even True Tri-Complex Tonecorrect Fade Gel. This night time gel serum contains a blend of hydroquinone, licorice and tumeric to help address the concerns of post acne scarring.
Are there alternative solutions that can serve as a Dark Spot Corrector?
Of course! For more extreme cases of hyper-pigmentation,Retin-A, laser removal and TCA peels are alternative solutions. Again, it is important to consult with your physician for guidance on what will be the best option for your concern.
As always, we want to hear from you. Which of these methods have you used or will use in the future? Leave your comments below.