This Is How to Fade Those Dark Spots on Your Skin

April 28, 2016 | By | Comments (6)

When your complexion somehow produces a dark spot that not even concealer can color-correct, don’t panic—you can get it to fade, but first, you’ll need to figure out how it formed. “Hyperpigmentation in the skin comes from melanin. Sometimes too much is stimulated, and the pigment is found within the cell,” explains dermatologist Patricia Wexler M.D. “Sun spots do not go away by themselves, but DIY topical treatments at best will help fade the mark by possibly 50 percent.” Post-acne marks, however, eventually do disappear on their own, but you can speed up the process with a salicylic or glycolic acid-infused scar fading product, like the Glycolix Elite Gly-Sal pads ($22; Wexler also loves Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector ($50;, which uses both glycolic and salicylic acids in conjunction with tumeric root, vitamin C, and rice bran in the formula, as well as the retinol and niacinamide-rich Spot Fix by Verso ($150; Exfoliate regularly to slough away the dead skin cells, but don’t overdo it as you could end up irritating your complexion.

If you aren’t seeing results after a month of using the products, Wexler recommends heading to the dermatologist for a peel. “In-office peels may use combinations of multiple acids that include salicylic and glycolic acids at higher concentrations, and trichloroacetic acid. We may even add liquid retinol for cases of severe hyperpigmentation,” she explains. Additional treatments like laser therapy or DermaSweeping may also be recommended, but regardless of the method you choose, the after-care process remains the same. Your dermatologist may give you a hydroquinone-infused product to prevent further spots from forming, and we recommend layering on the sunscreen or using SPF-infused makeup for extra insurance.

This article originally appeared on instyle.comThis Is How to Fade Those Dark Spots on Your Skin; Marianne Mychaskiw


  1. Lazma Cream

    Thank you for this wonderful and beautiful article.

    May 24, 2017 at 1:30 am
  2. Cristin Cooper

    This is great! The ASM Beverly Hill Skin Lightening Serum is great too!

    cristin |

    October 11, 2016 at 9:04 am
  3. Tabitha Moses

    If results are wanted Rodan and Fields Reverse Regimen which finishes with SPF 50 is the way to go! I can personally attest to that.

    May 6, 2016 at 7:15 pm
  4. Laurie

    Can this peel be bought in a store or do you have to see a dermatologist?

    May 3, 2016 at 12:12 pm
  5. Lynn Barlow, MD

    Hydroquinone works, ask Michael Jackson!

    April 29, 2016 at 3:18 am
  6. Sarah James

    Probably the best peel I’ve seen so far (if you choose to go that route) is the Clear + Brilliant peel. It’ll remove adult acne as well as even out any impurities on your skin. It’s not as aggressive as a full chemical peel so it’s a good starting point if anyone is afraid to get a chemical peel.

    April 28, 2016 at 2:25 pm

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