How to Eliminate Dark Spots Once and For All

by Corinne Shoemaker

Whether from zits or sun exposure, most people have to deal with hyperpigmentation (i.e. dark spots) at some point. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can help prevent and erase them from your skin forever. Read on to learn how.

1. Don't Skip The SPF

There is nothing more important – both for reducing spots and for your skin’s health – than protecting it with broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen. Daily application will help prevent spots from forming while also protecting against skin cancer. We can’t stress how vital this is. Try RayDefense SPF 30 by Bioelements

2. Don't Pick At Your Skin

We get it, it’s hard – especially when a zit is particularly painful. You may feel relief afterward, but you will be left with a gross mark that could remain there forever. Do yourself a favor and don’t pick at it! Grab some hydrocortisone cream instead and dab it onto the zit twice a day (once in the morning and once at night). Because hydrocortisone is anti-inflammatory, it will reduce any redness/swelling, allowing your zit to quickly disappear with minimal pain. This is also a nice alternative to more popular remedies like salicylic acid as it is less drying.

3. Alternate Regular Washing With A Skin Cleansing Brush

Give your skin a deep cleanse by using a brush like Exfoliating Face Brush by Dermalogica two or three times per week. This will eliminate any dead skin cells so that your skin can more easily absorb the spot treatment (and other products) that you use. Make sure to wash your brush head regularly and get it exchanged for a new one every few weeks to keep from growing bacteria in the bristles and spreading it onto your face. 

4. Speed Up Spot Reduction At Night

Preventing dark spots is just as important as healing existing ones. This can easily be done with the help of tone-correcting products like Pure Night by Dermalogica Just smooth the formula over your skin before you go to bed.

That’s all there is to it! If you know anyone else who would benefit from our tips, please share them.