Even the most religiously strict wearers of sunscreen may have an issue that can be hard to solve – dreaded dark spots. One of the reasons it can be so difficult to treat is that there is a wide variety of causes. Sometimes, it is sun damage. Other times, melasma can be a result in a change of hormones. Yet still another cause is leftover damage from acne or other skin trauma. Whatever the cause, there are a few remedies worth trying! Here are some ideas for how to fade dark spots quickly.

As usual, most skin imperfections are improved by maintaining a healthy overall lifestyle, as well as following a strict skincare regimen. If you’ve read any of my previous writings, you’re probably familiar with one of my strongest beliefs – that great skin is a matter of discipline. This applies to dark spots, too! Ensuring that you are (at minimum) cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, and using vitamin C serum and sunscreen regularly is a great way to both reduce dark spots, as well as prevent them. A diet rich in antioxidants and beta carotene has been known to improve dark spots, so eating healthy foods and staying hydrated are key. Our bodies heal and rebuild while we sleep, so getting good rest can have a big impact, too. Of course, that’s the long game. What if you’re in a hurry to fade dark spots quickly?

One of the most effective ways is through laser treatments, so if you have the budget for that, that is a great place to start for fast results. Other treatments that can be done by an esthetician that have shown positive results are chemical peels, microneedling and microdermabrasion. These are a bit more budget-friendly, but you sacrifice some of the speed and effectiveness that you would see with a laser treatment.

If you’re seeking something topical, hydroquinona (which you can buy over-the-counter in lighter doses, or get stronger prescription creams) has been the leader in treating melasma and hyperpigmentation for a half century. Some criticisms are that it can cause dryness, redness, and irritation, so it is recommended that it is cycled in and out of your routine and used with care. If you’re seeking a more natural alternative, both kojic acid and azealic acid have produced results in reducing the appearance of dark spots.

Mandy Madden Kelley fading dark spots

As you’ve read, there are many different options to help you fade dark spots quickly, ranging from in-office treatments to over-the-counter creams and serums, and even better – prevention before it happens. This is yet another example of how good skin is a matter of discipline, which means it’s accessible to anyone willing to put in the time and energy.

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