Darkly pigmented skin spots, typically caused by damage from sun exposure, can leave your skin tone looking uneven. You can clarify and clear your skin's tone with a spot-fading skin treatment product. For the best results, use such fading treatments while simultaneously avoiding sun exposure to avoid undoing the lightening effects of the fading regimen.
Alpha Hydrox Spot Light Targeted Skin Lightener
Hydroquinone stops your skin cells from producing melanin, which is the pigment that leads to spots on your face. It's one of the best active ingredients for fading spots, according to skincare expert Paula Begoun. She loved Alpha Hydrox's cream since it combined hydroquinone with glycolic acid, a skin exfoliant that helps remove damaged skin cells and also lightens skin color. She concludes that it's one of the best spot-fading creams on the market.
NIA 24 Eye Repair Complex
NIA's eye cream won a 2010 Editors' Pick award from "InStyle" magazine. It uses licorice extract, which the magazine praised for its ability to fade skin discolorations, plus antioxidants like skin-conditioning vitamin E and damage-repairing vitamin C. The magazine says the end result is "smoother, brighter skin." Though it's formulated specifically for the eye area, you can use NIA's product on your entire face.
Avon Banishing Cream Skin Discoloration Improver
Avon's skin lightening cream comes with skin-repairing antioxidants, according to Begoun. It's intended as an alternative to skin lighteners containing hydroquinone, instead using Avon's proprietary skin fading complex plus vitamin E. According to Avon, basic emollients also help trap moisture in your skin, improving your skin's natural moisture barrier to help minimize the appearance of new skin damage.
Olay Pro-X Discoloration Fighting Concentrate
Olay's spot-targeting cream was rated as the best spot treatment in 2010 by "InStyle" magazine's beauty editors. They loved ingredients like vitamin B3, which brightens discolorations, and glucosamine, which may help stimulate new collagen production in your skin. Additional beneficial ingredients include antioxidants and humectants for generally improved skin health. Dr. Lisa Airan, a dermatologist reviewing the skin treatment for the magazine, said it can lighten brown discolorations "almost as effectively as a prescription cream."
- "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me"; Paula Begoun; 2009
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Skin Wrinkles and Blemishes
- InStyle Magazine: NIA
- InStyle Magazine: Olay