Hyperpigmentation is typically caused by sun damage, acne, and hormonal changes. If you suffer from this condition there are creams and serums that can reduce the appearance of dark spots.
Here are seven popular products.
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Murad Rapid Age Spot Correcting Serum
Developed by dermatologist, Dr. Murad, this correcting serum contains key ingredients that work together to brighten skin and facilitate cell turnover.
It works best on sun spots, and can be used both in the morning and evening.
Dr. Murad claims that you should start to notice a difference after one week if you use it twice daily.
Paula’s Choice C25 Vitamin C Boost
Produced by Paula Begoun, this face serum is small yet mighty. The full- size tube is only 15ml but according to a review by The Independent, some people have seen results after just one small application.
It works best on sun spots and red marks, and there is some tingling upon application, however, Paula’s Choice recommends washing it off if it becomes too uncomfortable.
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Ole Henriksen Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner
Danish skincare expert, Ole Henriksen created the toner when he developed a serious type of acne.
And since then it’s become a popular choice for many. In fact, this sought after toner sold out from Boots pharmacy in just four days, and because demand is so high, they’ve struggled to keep it on the shelves.
It works best on mild to moderate acne scars or dark spots, and it’s best to apply it at night before moisturizing. But note that you will experience some tingling when you put it on your skin.
The brand says you can expect results after seven days.
Sesderma Azelac RU Liposomal Serum
A worldwide bestseller, this Spanish skincare product is known for its depigmenting properties.
This formula works best on melasma and ideally, you should apply it to the areas you want to target specifically.
Testers found that after a month of using the product there was a change in the overall shade of their melasma.
Caudalie Vinoperfect Dark Spot Glycolic Night Cream
This Vegan-friendly formula is suitable for sensitive skin, and it doesn’t contain parabens or phthalates.
It works best on dark spots and is best applied at night.
According to a Caudalie study, 95 percent of women noticed a visible difference after one application, and 90 percent thought their dark spots had been rectified.
Eve Lom Brightening Cream
A powerful cream made by facialist, Eve Lom, this formula contains Dermapep which blocks melanin production.
It works best on dark spots and skin discoloration.
Testers found that after the first application, their skin looked brighter, and after three weeks their skin tone appears evener.
The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
Ironically, this serum is no ordinary serum; its concentration of alpha arbutin is double that of standard concentrations.
And it’s also vegan-friendly, budget-friendly, and it should work on all types of hyperpigmentation. But this formula can be a bit harsh on sensitive skin.
It can be used twice daily and you’re likely to see results within a month.
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One of the best defenses against hyperpigmentation and dark spots worsening is sunscreen.
Dermatologist, Dr. Levy Switzerland recommends wearing a sunscreen with an SPF factor of 30 or above.
And he states the importance of using one that gives broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays like La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50.
In addition, Dr Levy also recommends that sunscreen should be reapplied evey two hours for maximun protection.