Dark spots, brown spots, age spots, liver spots…
Whatever you call them, no one wants them. But like it or not, many of us get them. Although that doesn’t mean they’re here to stay. Many skin and beauty products on the market today boast "spot correcting" and "spot removal" attributes, but just how effective are they, and what’s their secret?
The Not-So Secret Solution
According to some of the top clinics and dermatology institutions in the nation, hydroquinone leads the way as the most popular active ingredient in many of the most effective products on the market today to help fade and visibly remove the appearance of dark spots on the face, hands, shoulders and arms (areas most exposed to the sun). Often mistaken for a "lightener" of dark spots, hydroquinone does not actually lighten or bleach the skin, but rather, works behind the scenes, halting the production of melanin, which actually causes the spots in the first place (through hyperpigmentation). Once that overproduction of melanin is slowed, new skin cells can begin to form and rise to the surface, overtaking dark spots and improving the overall look of skin texture and tone.
It's not magic, but it sure looks that way!
Best Value Beauty
Here’s the best part: you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to start replacing those dark spots with healthier, radiant skin. Hydroquinone can be prescribed over-the-counter at a 2% concentration, and can be found, for example, in a variety of products from established health and beauty brands like Proactiv and Porcelana. Smart shoppers who know to look for key ingredients can find everything they need in a spot remover—and nothing they don’t—without breaking the bank in order to look good.
See our collection of dark spot correctors below and choose the one that’s right for you.
As always, please check with your doctor for a complete diagnosis of any skin related issues.