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Five Best for Dark Spots 2015

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Age Spots
September 22, 2015 Reviewed by Marta 3 Comments

Dark spots are mostly caused by melanocyte activity. When the skin has been exposed to UV radiation, melanocytes send more melanin to the skin's surface to protect the skin from burning. Too much melanin can result in dark spots. Fading dark spots with a safe topical treatment (avoiding controversial actives such as hydroquinone) is one of the hardest things to achieve. Or that’s what I used to think. In the past year, I’ve come across some treatments and topicals that really work (along with a dollop of patience) on my dark spots. Here’s my Five Best for dark spots.

  • August 28, 2017

    by Marta

    Hi MaryLee, you could take a look at our recommendations for dark under circles: The Dr Dennis Gross with retinol and ferulic could be a good choice for you.

  • August 27, 2017

    by MaryLee Morganfield

    I have dark under eye circles. Please help if you have found something that really works. Also I am a woman of color

  • September 22, 2015

    by Michele Watson

    Hi Marta I urge anyone (over 50) with pigmentation issues to see a derm or at least read up on sebhorraic keratoses - which look like rough/ waxy freckles. It is I found out, very common in older people and like warts are caused by a build up of skin - different from a solar lentigne (sun spots) though to my untrained eye they look the same. No fading topicals or even IPL work on these so called age spots. I spent 6 months and hundreds of dollars on fading topicals which did not work. I have found through experience now that the Trophy microderm and topicals like some peels which gently dissolve the layers of skin are more effective - and then in time the brightening applications. On sun spots (solar lentignes) - brightening topicals do work as do lasers. Also I would like to say it takes time. I am 6 months in and only gradually seeing a result - microderm has definitely helped my legs absorb the topicals better. You have to work at it day and night and of course make sure you are sun protected. My new bathers have long sleeves!

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