At the tender, vain age of 21, I developed melasma.
It was horrifying because it looked like a mustache — it developed over my upper lip.
There was a lot of crying and wondering “WHY ME?” (I was 21, c’mon) during the week I waited to see my dermatologist.
My doc explained that melasma is hyperpigmentation, a condition in which brown patches appear on facial skin.
It can be caused by hormonal changes, pregnancy, or from sun exposure — and women are more likely than men to suffer from this condition.
He prescribed a cream that cleared it up in a few weeks (thank you Dr. Rosenman). But that was back in the olden days.
With amazing advances in skincare products, you don’t have to book an appointment with a dermatologist — there are a wide array of dark spot correcting treatments that can be delivered to your door!
A prescription is no longer necessary, and we’ve picked some of the best dark spot correctors around. Look below for our faves!
A lightweight serum that improves the appearance of age spots, acne scars, hyperpigmentation (dark spots), and sun damage.
A gentle leave-on exfoliant unclogs pores, smooths wrinkles, brightens, and evens out skin tone.
This dark spot serum targets skin’s dark patches while helping prevent new discoloration from forming.
This “facial” targets lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and dark spots (I swear by this product).
This exfoliating solution helps fight visible blemishes, improving the appearance of uneven texture, acne, and dark spots.
This lactic acid peeling formula promises smoother, healthier-looking skin, targeting fine lines/wrinkles, dullness, and dark blemishes.
Rose hip seed oil aids in hydration, reducing the appearance of dry, dull skin.
A dark spot reducer serum that visibly reduces the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone.
This serum reduces the appearance of dark spots and discolorations and reveals brighter, more even-looking skin.
Do you use dark spot corrector serums on your face? Have you tried any fabulous ones that we don’t have listed? Tell us below!
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