When dark spots appear on your skin they can be annoying and sometimes even unsightly and so, of course, we want to get rid of them as soon as possible or at least, reduce their darkness so that they are not as noticeable. There are hundreds of different products available today which all claim to work and possibly be the best for us to use and so this often gives us a dilemma as to which one we should use.
There are today websites which have reviewed many of the products and so can perhaps recommend which dark spot corrector would be best for you to use given the type of spots or blemishes that you have. Obviously, the different products contain different ingredients and those ingredients work in different ways and so the best product is the one which has a combination of active ingredients which work well together in order to produce the best results.
Some of the better ingredients to look for are:
Kojic Acid – Originating in Japan and extracted from fungi, this ingredient has shown itself to be effective but as it can make you burn more easily in the sun, a product’s content should not exceed more than 2% Kojic acid.
Retinol – This ingredient is often just referred to as Vitamin A which boosts skin activity, replacing old or damaged layers more quickly. As spots are often caused by the body’s naturally produced melanin forming clusters, Retinal also helps in more evenly distributing melanin.
Vitamin C – Vitamin C is probably best known for helping to prevent colds but it is also excellent for treating hyperpigmentation and the overall well-being of the skin and body.
Azelaic Acid – This is an ingredient which is becoming very popular for use instead of hydroquinone to reduce the production of melanin and improve skin regeneration. Although not as potent as hydroquinone, Azelaic Acid has not been associated with any adverse side effects whilst hydroquinone has been identified as having some possible links to cancer.
There are many other ingredients included in many of the skin care products but many of those ingredients are there to enhance the fragrance or for some other non-active purpose. It is therefore the active ingredients which you should be interested in and some of the products that contain suitable amounts of these active ingredients are:
Civant Meladerm® for Hyperpigmentation – This product does not contain hydroquinone, mercury, paraben or steroids and so is considered safe for general use but does contain the active ingredients Vitamin C, Kojic Acid, Bearberry Extract, Lemon Juice Extract, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), and Licorice Extract. Together these active ingredients work without affecting your melanin production and the ingredients Lactic Acid, an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) help to exfoliate the skin’s damaged top layer.
Clinique Even Better – This product uses a type of Vitamin C which has proven very effective in lightening dark spots and as well as being safe to use by those that suffer from allergies, it is fragrance-free.