March 02 2022
dark spots serum 101

Sooo, what ARE those pesky dark spots that linger after bad breakouts? How about the ones that seemingly pop up out of nowhere? We’re here to answer your FAQ about dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and how to brighten your skin up.


One word: hyperpigmentation! Hyperpigmentation is the result of the overproduction of melanin on your skin which can cause patches/areas to appear darker than the skin surrounding them. And what’s melanin? It’s the protein that gives skin its color. Overproduction = annoying areas of discoloration.


Here are some common causes:


What’s causing the discoloration after an acne flare up? Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This is when the body produces too much melanin while trying to heal your breakout. The breakout’s gone, but you’re left with that dark spot you can’t seem to get rid of.

Sun exposure

Whether you spent a little too much time at the beach or headed to the tanning bed before your prom––both real and artificial sunlight are one of the most common causes of dark spots. Hyperpigmentation from sun damage tends to show up as you get older––so wear your SPF (yes, everyday!)

Other conditions or medication

Pregnancy, hormonal changes and certain medications can cause forms of hyperpigmentation, too. We recommend seeing a dermatologist or primary care doctor if you have any questions or concerns about your dark spots.



Peace Out Dark Spots, duh!

Our brightening microneedling dots were formulated to help fade the appearance of dark spots when used twice daily for three to four consecutive weeks. They pack a punch with these power player ingredients:

  • Niacinamide: a form of vitamin B that helps deliver an even-looking complexion
  • Tranexamic Acid: an amino acid derivative that helps to minimize the appearance of dark spots
  • Ferulic Acid: a potent antioxidant that helps to improve the look to dark spots (and helps improve overall tone!)

Wear SPF...everyday!

Whether you’re outside or inside––wear it! Protecting your skin against UVA/UVB and even blue light rays will help prevent any new dark spots from forming as you get older.

Laser treatments, topical prescriptions and peels

If you suffer from severe hyperpigmentation, contact your dermatologist about other treatment options. Laser facials and chemical peels have been shown to help aid in the reduction of dark spots and discoloration on the skin––just call the doc!

Consider this Dark Spot crash course complete! Keep your eyes peeled for Dark Spots 201 where we’ll dig even deeper into the types of dark spots you may be experiencing.

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