It’s no doubt that Vitamin C is the best treatment for dark spots. If you have age spots, freckles, blotchy discolorations or melasma, you need a strong antioxidant like Vitamin C in your life.
But let’s get real. If this was the only thing required to achieve spot-free skin, everyone with a Vitamin C serum in their medicine cabinet would have crystal clear skin. So what gives? It turns out, there’s a lot more to removing dark spots than just one serum.
5 Easy Steps For Spot-Free Skin
Stay Out of the Sun
Think of a dark spot like a wound. It needs to heal. Would you expect a burn to heal if you continued to re-burn it every single day? Even if you apply a healing cream, if you continue to burn yourself in the same spot every day, it will never heal. The same is true for sun exposure and dark spots. You can use the best Vitamin C products in the universe, but if you continue to get sun exposure, you will continue to have dark spots. If you want to see any improvement, you’ll need to stay out of the sun as much as possible. When you do get UV exposure, wear sunscreen and protective clothing.
2. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
Dry skin makes for a weak skin barrier, and can lead to sensitized skin. Sensitive skin is inflamed. Inflammation causes pigmentation to get worse. It’s a simple step that will make your skin look more even. Try the Advanced Clinicals Turmeric Face Oil for a soothing, hydrating treatment.
Melanin is the pigment in your skin that causes dark spots. Vitamin C works because it blocks melanin production. For this reason, it’s really good at preventing spots from forming. But what about existing dark spots? The only way Vitamin C will touch them is if it’s applied consistently for at least 30 days. You see, it takes 30 days for your skin cells to turn over. As new cells come to the surface, they will be less pigmented thanks to the Vitamin C. The only way to expedite this process is by exfoliating, which accelerates the renewal process. Try Advanced Clinicals Microderm Glycolic Acid Facial Cleanser for a gentle daily resurfacing face wash.
4. You Can Pick Your Friends…
But don’t pick your face. If you’re acne-prone, try to resist the urge to squeeze. Squeezing blemishes will cause extra inflammation, leaving pesky dark spots behind. The technical term for this is Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation. It’s not easy to fix, so the best way to stop it is to prevent it in the first place.
5. Go Green
A diet high in anti-inflammatory antioxidants and healthy plant oils will keep your skin clear, vibrant and glowing. Do your skin a favor and choose foods rich in Omega Fatty Acids like salmon, nuts, and avocados.
So yes, we love Vitamin C. It’s a literal miracle worker! But if you want noticeable and quick results, you’ll need to follow the steps above.
Director of Product Development for Advanced Clinicals