One of the most common questions we get asked is, “How do you prevent dark spots after acne goes away?” Dark spots, A.K.A. hyperpigmentation is multifactorial, meaning there can be several causes to them forming. The four most common reasons are genetics, inflammation, hormones, and sun exposure. Dark spots that appear once acne goes away falls under inflammation.
Dark spots appear on the skin when there is an overproduction of melanin. Melanin is the pigment that gives our skin, hair, eyes, and nails their color. It’s our skin’s way of defending us against harsh UV rays and responding to inflammation such as an acne breakout.
Melanin is one of the greatest wonders of our skin, however, too much of it, or an overcrowding effect in a particular area can make our complexion appear uneven, blotchy, and dull.
The good news is, there are several methods to help reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation over time. One way is to impact the overproduction of melanin directly at the source. This can be achieved by applying serums or creams containing active ingredients that inhibit tyrosinase activity.
Tyrosinase is an enzyme used in the creation of melanin. You can suppress overproduction of melanin by reducing the amount of tyrosinase available for use. This method is widely used and proven, and completely safe. Examples of ingredients that function as tyrosinase inhibitors include licorice root, red algae, arbutin, and vitamin C.
Here is the list of our best-selling color correction products if you’re seeking to reduce dark spots and hyperpigmentation in general. If you want recommendations on the right product for your skin type, visit our Instagram and send us a direct message with the word “CLEAR” to start your free consultation with one of our in-house estheticians.
Colorlite Plus Corrective Serum
Enhanced with licorice root and natural east Asian remedies, the Colorlite Plus Corrective Serum targets darkened skin, age spots, and discoloration.
C-Lester Vitamin C20 Serum
Made with 20% L-Ascorbic Acid to fade the look of dark spots while also addressing fine lines and wrinkles. Potent antioxidant that helps brighten and even skin tone.
Dark Spot Clearer
Formulated to target dark spots and gently lift them away during your normal skin turnover cycle. Based on your skin type, results can be seen in as little as 12 to 36 days. Formulated with stable vitamin C form Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate to reduce oxidation and enable longer use.
Colorlite Plus Cream
Powered by arbutin and licorice root results can be seen as quickly as 14 to 28 days within the normal skin turnover cycle. Containing several tyrosinase inhibitors, the Colorlite Plus is formulated to aid in the prevention of excess melanin production.
White Cotton Cream
Deeply hydrating cream formulated to help those looking to control excess melanin production. Prevents dark spots, age spots, and other representations of hyperpigmentation from forming and worsening.
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