My dark spots are a result of sun damage. A fancy term for this is Hyperpigmentation. Dark spots can also be caused by acne scars or hormonal changes, and just overall aging.
If they are excessive and you have tried all potions and lotions, you may want to visit a dermatologist. I, for one, have not really researched these procedures yet therefore I am hereby exploring some less intrusive options.
A natural way to lighten dark spots would be with lemon. Since lemons are loaded with Vitamin C they can help. Rub lemon juice on your dark spots on the effected area for about 15 seconds, rinse with cold water to remove. A easier way might be by using Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair dark spot corrector which contains Vitamin C. You don’t need to spend a ton of money on other products with Vitamin C which tend to be expensive. This stuff gets raving reviews.
Besides Vitamin C, Niacinamide comes up as a gentle yet effective skin brightner for all skin types. Besides the one from The Ordinary The Ordinary Niacinamide 10 % + Zinc 1%, I have learned from Oprah that L’Oréal Youth Code Dark Spot Corrector also contains this magic potion. Another brand that always comes though with great affordable products is Aveeno. Try their Positively Radiant Facial Moisturizer.
I have to do it. One more shout out to The Ordinary. They have a product called Alpha Arbutin. It is a water based serum that helps fade dark spots and pigmentation. For $9.00 this deserves an honorable mention as well. Make sure you follow this up with a moisturizer as you always should after a serum.
I know from some of my friends that dark spots are even more apparent in black and brown skin tones. I have done research on this and the same products, ingredients and advice is the same for all skin colors when it comes to hyperpigmentation. And why wouldn’t it right?
When all else fails you may also just try to cover the spots up. Start by priming your skin (after moisturizing and all that other jazz). Then color correct, L’Oréal has color correcting crayons just for this purpose, before applying your foundations. You may even want to set it with face powder but that depends on your preference.
Hope this was of help to those of you who inquired!