Dermatologists Say These Are the Best Dark Spot Correctors
Whether caused by sun damage, pregnancy, hormones, inflammation, or breakouts (hello, acne scars), skin discoloration can be a frustrating thing to treat, to say the least. You can spend years diligently attending to your skin regimen—the right cleansers! the right moisturizers! the right anti-aging serums! the right SPF!—only to have your smooth complexion struck down almost overnight by hyperpigmentation, otherwise simply known as dark spots.
The good news? You don't have to run to the dermatologist and shell out thousands of dollars on pricey laser treatments. There are a wide variety of dark spot correctors that really work—and are available over the counter, at every price point. To make sure you pick the best (and most effective) product for removing dark spots, look for cream or serum that contains ingredients like vitamin C (an antioxidant that reduces inflammation and brightens skin), niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3 that slows pigment production), hydroquinone (a lightening agent that inhibits the pigment-forming enzyme tyrosinase), retinol (a vitamin A derivative that evens tone and texture), or glycolic or lactic acid (which are alpha hydroxy acids that exfoliate dead skin cells). Equally important: Make sure to continue applying a daily sunscreen—the key to avoiding further sun spots and hyperpigmentation, says aesthetician Leila Aalam.
Ahead, we asked to dermatologists to recommend the best dark spot correctors for your face, including a budget-friendly drugstore cream and a treatment designed specifically for darker skin tones.
Out, out, damned spot.