I hope you are all doing well and staying safe.
In today’s post, I will talk about and share how to get rid of dark spots on the face and on the body. Generally, I get a whole lot of emails, comments, and questions about how to remove dark spots, skincare products I can recommend, etc. Hence, I decided to jam all of them into one full post all about dark spots.
As someone who has dealt with spots from chickenpox for almost a year now and has become quite spot free, I feel like I qualify to talk about dark spots in general. So, if you are interested in knowing how to remove dark spots on the skin, then grab a cup of tea and keep reading.
What causes dark spots?
Dark spots are generally any form of pigmentation or darkening in a concentrated area of the skin. They result from various things like spots from acne, sunburn, chickenpox, age spots, sunburn, wound healing, or burns from certain skincare products. Note that almost all types of spots can be corrected in the same way.
How to get rid of dark spots
Before I go any further, I would like to state that, there is no best treatment for dark spots, best cream, or soap to remove dark spots and nothing like clear dark spots fast in 3 days. Skincare, in general, is not a fast action activity, it takes time, effort, consistency and a certain level of investment to reap an all-round beautiful and glowy skin.
So, I narrowed everything down to the following steps. If you follow these steps, you can get rid of dark spots using any product at all, be it organic or synthetic, and just based on your skin type, budget, or just general preference. After this, you wouldn’t need recommendations from anyone as you would have an idea of what to look for and what to do to clear your dark spots. These steps can apply to anyone of any skin tone.
Know your spots
Knowing your spots entails knowing your skin. Spots from things like birthmarks, scars, freckles, childhood injuries, or just spots that have been with you since birth cannot be gotten rid of, at least not easily. Those will involve a much more advanced technique like skin laser to remove. So, if that’s the category you fall into, then there’s nothing much I can say other than to embrace them. But if your spots are from acne, wounds, burns, or skin irritation, then you can proceed with the following steps.
Treat the original cause first!
Knowing your skin type will help you know the right products to use in general. For example, if your spots are as a result of acne and your skin is oily skin, the best thing to do would be to work on your acne first before the spots. This can be done by using skincare products that would firstly aid in drying out the acne and getting rid of them (salicylic acid, products to help with excess oil, etc.) after which you can focus on the spots directly.
So, treat the initial cause, before the spot itself if not, you will be stuck in an endless circle and spots that would never go away.
There is a whole lot of controversy regarding skin lightening. Whenever I mention a product that says skin lightening, I always have to deal with the numerous side-eyes, judgments, and questions. You cannot remove a spot without either lighting the spot itself or darkening all areas around the spot. To lighten the spot, you, therefore, will need a skin lightening product.
There are numerous skin lightening agents out there, we have hydroquinone, Retinol, kojic acid, beta carotene in carrot, vitamin c, papaya, mulberry extracts, arbutin, glutathione, and the list is endless. Choose a combination of products based on your preference and use them.
Specifically, get a skin lightening soap and face cream for sunburns, acne scarring, and facial spots. Get a skin lightening body lotion and soap for body spots. If you are someone like me, who tires easily for body lotions, get a serum or skin lightening oil together with a lightening soap that you can use.
Exfoliating helps to take away the top layers of dead skin which usually is where all sorts of scarring and spots reside. Hence, I cannot overemphasize how important exfoliating is for removing dark spots. Scrubs and exfoliants changed the game for me in my skincare journey. There are different methods of exfoliation, they include body scrubs, chemical peels, chemical exfoliants like BHA- Beta Hydraulic Acids, AHA- Alpha Hydraulic Acids, etc.
Invest in a good body and face scrub or any other means of exfoliation. I, personally use scrubs. Exfoliate your face and body 2-3 times a week. Do this for at least one month straight and you would testify to how much different your skin would become.
Moisturize and protect
While lightening and exfoliating, the next thing would be to moisturize your skin and use sunscreen to prevent further darkening or spotting in general. I would personally advise using your skin lightening and skin exfoliating products at night while you just moisturize and protect during the day, especially if your daily activities involve exposure to the sun.
Create a skincare routine
Have a nighttime routine and a day time routine. At night, use your spot correcting creams, serums, lotions, cleansers, oils, etc while in the morning, use a normal moisturizing product that would not just provide moisture but also protect your skin.
Consistency and time
It took me almost a year to get rid of my chickenpox scarring and a whole lot of patience. I am not saying it would take you a year to get rid of your spots too but with time and consistency, I can assure you that these spots will fade away.
Give your skin a break
This part is as important as every other step stated. Once you have achieved the spotless skin you want, it is important that you wean yourself off all the lightening and exfoliating night routine. Reduce this routine to once a month or as preferred. Focus on maintaining, protecting, and moisturizing the skin that you have. And you will notice that your skin will thank you.
That’s all I have for dark spots. I hope I am able to help.
Do leave your questions and comments below.
Until my next post. Kisses!