The only thing I find more annoying than acne breakouts are the dark spots they often leave behind, which is especially the case if you have brown skin. Hyperpigmentation is extremely common for women of color and one of the main skin concerns we bring up when visiting a dermatologist.
“Pigment cells (melanocytes) have a unique arrangement and distribution in the skin in persons with skin of color,” says NYC-based dermatologist Dr. Fran Cook-Bolden. “They have significantly great amounts of specific types of pigment (ie Eumelanin) and the pigment cells are much more reactive to outside stimuli, so when the sun is intense or there is trauma to the skin, watch out — here comes the healing with discoloration.”
“What happens is the skin will overproduce melanin during its healing stage and hyperpigmentation is the result,” adds “Samantha Mims, a black Holistic Skin Therapist and founder of Dermasaa. “It’s stubborn and no fun but can be treated.”
That’s the good news. In fact, dark spots and hyperpigmentation are absolutely treatable and there are a number of great and innovative products that drastically reduce the appearance of dark spots and eventually get them to fade away with time. But don’t expect them to disappear overnight. Dark spots can take weeks — in some cases even months — to fully fade away. The key to speeding things up is finding the right skin-care approach and having a whole lot of patience.
Fortunately, there’s a wide array of brightening products to choose from. But the options can get overwhelming. Where do you even begin, right? Here’s a look at some of the best dark spot treatments on the market that will get your skin looking bright and radiant in no time!