Skip Nav
Beauty Tips
Meet the 14 Geniuses Behind Your Favorite Beauty Products
Makeup Tutorials
This Incredible Dollar Store Beauty Tutorial Proves It's Easy to Look Glam on a Budget
DIY Beauty
Every Fantastical, Fabulous Tim Burton Makeup DIY You Need For Halloween

How to Lighten Dark Spots on Skin

Rid Yourself of Dark Spots Once and For All

Dark spots: at some point or another, just about everybody gets them. And while diffusing their appearance takes a little patience and a devoted skin care regimen, your spots can fade over time. Get the science behind hyperpigmentation, along with some product solutions, when you continue reading.

How did they happen? Right now your skin is producing melanin through a process called melanogenesis. But when you suffer a trauma (like picking at acne or being exposed to too much sun), the skin can produce extra melanin in that area as a protective mechanism. Hello, hyperpigmentation.

How to treat it: Cosmetic chemist Ni'Kita Wilson prescribes a spot treatment with hydroquinone to fade dark spots. "Hydroquinone blocks melanin production, and eventually the block becomes permanent. So it's really the most effective," she says. Wilson also recommends adding alpha hydroxy acids to your regular skin care regimen to increase cellular turnover and get rid of the darkened skin layers more quickly. After about a month, you should begin to see results.

What you're probably doing wrong: Wilson admits the biggest mistake people make is forgetting to wear sunscreen on top of the brightening treatment. "UV rays are much stronger than the ingredients you're putting on, so the melanogenesis process just continues to speed up," she explains. "It's like putting up a [small] cone to block a [huge] Mack truck." But sunscreen is like a wall and will work to keep the bad stuff out and your treatment's active ingredients in.

Image Source: Thinkstock
Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Toner Hacks For a Cleaner and Clearer Complexion
Turmeric Beauty Benefits
Halloween Makeup Can Be Bad For Skin
Celebrity Beauty Campaigns 2016
What Would I Look Like With Botox?
Beauty Products You Shouldn't Use Too Much Of
Best Skin Care Products From Reddit

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Beauty
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds