Is that old red spot from last month's pimple still showing up in all your selfies? You're not alone. Whiteheads, blackheads, and especially cystic bumps can create hyperpigmentation that seems to last for ages after the acne itself has gone away.
"Treating acne-related hyperpigmented scarring can be very frustrating," said Los Angeles-based esthetician Gina Mari. "Using creams containing retinol can be very effective to reduce the appearance of scarring. In addition, using products with hydroquinone (a lightening agent) can be quite useful." If you prefer a more natural approach, she suggests ingredients like licorice and vitamin C.
Before you get ready to shop our list of 10 products that will help you achieve your best selfie-self much faster, there's one thing to keep in mind when combating those stubborn dark spots: "If you are using any type of lightening agent, it's really important to use sunscreen daily," noted Mari. "Lightening and exfoliating products leave the skin more vulnerable to the environment, and protecting your skin is a must." Reach for your favorite and apply it just before you put on your foundation or BB Cream. And, yep, you need to apply sunscreen even if your makeup already has SPF in it! One of our faves is Tarte Tarteguard Vegan Sunscreen SPF 30 ($32).