Why Are You Getting Dark Spots and Sun Damage?

Even as somebody who is in the skin care industry finding dark spot treatments that work and do what they say is sometimes challenging with all the information out there.  It’s always been my goal to be completely  foundation free and I am almost there!   There is still a couple things keeping me from that goal – Dark Spots/SunDamage/Uneven Skin!  Why you ask,  well it’s my own fault really. I should take my own advice about sunscreen and reapplying it when I’m out in the sun for long periods of time.

I’m going to be honest with you guys, as much as I love being out and about and enjoying all the fun things summer has to offer I should’ve been more diligent on my skin care and protecting all the work I’ve done. I am in need of a good skin care reboot,   Luckily I am able to incorporate this into my daily routine without too much fussing. My goal is to lighten and brighten my skin and make the dark spots that adopted me over the summer go away.

Dark Spots  will appear out of nowhere so finding the right dark spot treatments for your skin that work after the summer fun is important to get your glow back.

 When finding dark spot treatments that work it’s important to understand what some of the factors that trigger them are.  Dark spots or hyperpigmentation are due to the overproduction of melanin in the skin and can triggered by a lot of different things. Hormones from pregnancy,  the sun and age are just a few.  Other factors such as skin irritation as a result of acne, waxing, and harsh scrubs can also cause dark spots.

 Here are 6 dark spot treatments that work:

1. Sunscreen

For true protection you need to use a broad spectrum sunscreen to guard against UVA and UVB rays. Reapplication of your sunscreen every two hours—even if it is labeled all day, 24-hour, waterproof, etc.—is necessary, especially for sensitive areas—between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Even visible light can increase dark spots.  If you’re out when the sun is highest, seek cool, shaded areas or wear UPF clothing, which blocks out sun. Zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, can block out most of the rays that cause dark spots. I happen to have several  sunscreens to choose from.

My personal favorite is Reverse 50!

How to use it: Daily, with reapplication every two hours if in direct sunlight.

2. Vitamin C

Vitamin C can be used as a topical antioxidant that helps to block free radicals from causing oxidative damage to the skin (which can lead to wrinkles and a dull complexion, among other things). It also inhibits enzymatic processes that produce melanin in the skin, which can help to reduce dark coloration of the skin. another added benefit is that vitamin C doesn’t lighten “normal” skin but instead targets problem pigmentation areas. 

 My personal favorite is this  duo right here Reverse Dual Action Brightening Treatment

How to use it: A pea size drop of each on cleansed skin am and pm, mixed together and applied.  

3. Hydroquinone

 finding dark spot treatments that work has led me to this sure fire remedy.   Hydroquinone has been the gold standard for over 50 years. You can find this ingredient over the counter in concentrations of 2 percent or less, whereas the prescription has 4 percent or greater. The effects of hydroquinone can be seen in as little as two to four weeks, however I would anticipate 8 to 12 weeks of use to see a visible difference depending on  how significant your dark marks are.

My personal favorite and definite go to product to clean up my skin: Reverse Lightening Regimen

How to use it: Best applied in Am and eventually increased to twice daily for maximum effects. During the day, pair with sunscreen as the ingredient can cause sun sensitivity, that’s why I recommend the whole regimen.

4. Kojic Acid

Kojic acid (derived from mushrooms or fermented rice)  can be used for not so obvious and apparent dark marks and sun damage.   Used as a face toner which has skin-brightening ingredients that target  skin discoloration and evens out skin’s appearance to reveal a more radiant complexion and helps balance your pH in your skin to receive the next step of your treatment. 

 My favorite Kojic acid toner: Reverse Intensive Brightening Toner

How to use:  Work up to applying day and night with your regular skin care routine.

5. Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is an exfoliating treatment for hyperpigmentation that uses tiny particles to sand away dead skin. It’s non-ablative, which means it does not destroy skin tissue. Microdermabrasion is best For very minor dark spots,  discoloration  and sun damage.  It reveals smooth skin and improves  the appearance of uneven skin tone.  I prefer a sugar and salt formula that promotes maximum exfoliation, with Vitamin C to brighten my skin and Vitamin E for smoother,  even, healthier-looking skin.

 My absolute favorite to glowing soft and exfoliated skin is Microderm abrasion paste

 How do use:  2 to 3 times a week.  I even use it as a full body exfoliate.

6.  Amp it up by Rolling/Microneedling

 When finding dark spot treatments that work this would be not only a great addition to your treatment but it also has so many other  factors to consider like sagging and aging skin. This bad boy will firm, tone, tighten and will help bring your youthful texture back.   I’m always rolling I actually laugh and do a video called rolling with my homey’s! Ha ha here’s a little bit about what the system I use does: It is transformative skin revitalizing system featuring the AMP MD Derma-Roller and Intensive Renewing Serum. These powerful products work together to firm, smooth and refine the look of skin, while amplifying visible result!


How to use:  One minute a day in the evening rolls your wrinkles away helps exfoliate dead dry skin and promotes new skin growth for firmer, healthier and  younger looking skin.   Can be used with brightening your skin or fighting wrinkles and firmness.


I am off to practice safe sun.  The best compliment you can give me is to like, comment and share what your biggest concerns are so I can help you.

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