Dark spots, also know as hyper-pigmentation, on your face can be brought on from either past breakouts, sun damage, or skin trauma. These things can happen to just about anyone.
Don’t worry, you’re not stuck with them forever, hyper-pigmentation is not hard to treat. Follow our simple regimen for a more even skin tone in as little as 4 weeks:
Leave Your Pimples Alone
We know it’s hard to resist, but STOP popping/picking at your pimples!
The ugly aftermath is an inflamed red or brown mark, that seems to last forever, as a result of skin trauma. Instead, keep your hands off your face and treat your pimples with our 3 Seconds Concealing Gel. This product is unlike traditional acne spot treatments! It soothes redness, swelling, inflammation without drying out or irritating your skin.
Another quick fix is pimple patches. These little stickers create a moist environment for your pimples to heal, and also protect them from bacteria and your dirty fingers.
Wear Sunscreen Daily
Make SPF an everyday thing.
Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or more (we recommend 50). Not only does daily use of sunscreen help prevent skin cancer, it also shields your skin from harmful UV rays—the cause of most dark spots. Here’s why: in response to the sun’s UV rays, skin cells send out a protective pigment, AKA melanin, to keep your skin from getting burned. Most know this process as tanning, but it’s really your skin trying to protect itself. Also know that post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation from breakouts is made worse by sun exposure.
If there’s only one rule that you follow from this entire list, make it this one!
Exfoliate 1-2 Times A Week
Ditch your harsh facial scrub.
Mechanical exfoliants are usually too aggressive for skin that’s prone to dark spots AKA hyper-pigmentation. Get yourself a chemical exfoliant instead. Chemical exfoliants include AHA’s (glycolic and lactic acids), (salicylic acid), and enzymes (from fruit extracts). All 3 of these chemical exfoliators help dissolve the glue that holds together dead, discolored cells on the surface of your skin.
-Dark spots from acne can benefit from using a chemical exfoliators with salicylic acid. Salicylic acid has anti-inflammatory properties that help clear excess oil from pores.
-Dark spots and marks from UV damage benefit from exfoliating with AHA’s.
When you exfoliate 1-2 times a week, your skin is able to better absorb any spot treatments or brightening serums you apply afterward. Leaving you with clearer, brighter, and naturally glowy skin.
Use Brightening Products
Regardless of how they are formed, dark spots take weeks to fade naturally.
Before committing to any brightening products, whether it be a serum or cream, make sure it has ingredients like l’ascorbic acid, tranexamic acid, retinol, or vitamin C. These ingredients can significantly speed up the process of fading dark spots.