Best Hyperpigmentation Treatments | Dark Spot Treatments & Products

For about a decade, I had acne, on and off. And while I rarely get breakouts anymore, I still have post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, a.k.a. dark spots on my face. They are the bane of my existence. Even though I don’t need to cover up pimples anymore, I slather on a full-coverage foundation to hide all those little red and brown dots. Of course, non acne-sufferers get hyperpigmentation too. They’re typically in the form of sun spots, dark spots, or age spots, and they’re brought on by the usual suspects—too much sun exposure, hormones, and/or aging.

It works like this: When there’s inflammation, the first or second layer of the skin cells produce extra pigment during the healing process. There’s no other way to put it: Trying to lighten the appearance of these is time-consuming, tedious, and annoying. In trying to get rid of mine, I’ve used a ton of products including drugstore brightening creams, hardcore spot treatments, and prescription products. I’m still holding out on the in-office procedures (because I’m hoping the topicals will work, and also, $$$).

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