Lightening Skin Dark Spots

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Lightening of dark spots when they appear on our skin is something that many of us will probably have to try and do at one time or another. Spots and blemishes on the skin can be unsightly and sometimes embarrassing and so we want to get rid of them or at least make them look less obvious as soon as we can. The trouble is that there are so many different products out there that claim to be able to help but only a few of them work with any noticeable effect and so which one to use?

Websites like have tried many of these different products and so display their findings on their website so as to help people choose which product would be right for them. The websites will usually point out though that different product are specifically designed for different type of spots or blemishes and so there are very few that are actually a “one cures all’ product. You must therefore first determine what type of spot you have, perhaps one caused due to too much time in the sun or one caused naturally through aging. Some of the spots are caused by melanin, which is naturally produced by the body to help skin healthy, becoming clustered in one place.

Vitamins are of course good in keeping healthy skin and so any product that you use should contain at least some Vitamins, preferably Vitamin C as that is good for overall healthy skin, Vitamins E which is good for lightening dark spots and vitamin Q which assists the skin in accepting the other Vitamins. Other ingredients you may want to look for in the product you buy are Azelaic Acid which in recent times has been used instead of the controversial hydroquinone which has been associated with cancer.

Retinol is a form of Vitamin A which is good for boosting skin activity which means it helps to get rid of dead skin cells replacing them with new, fresh cells. Lastly Kojic Acid is an ingredient which you should look for as this probably the best dark spot remover. Developed in Japan where it has been used for many years Kojic Acid is extracted from fungi and its use has only more recently been taken up by the west. Although very effective, Kojic Acid does have one drawback and that is that it will make the skin burn more easily and so choose a product that only contains 2% Kojic Acid and even then you may want to use a high SPF sunscreen.

Although many of the labels on these products will list a long number of ingredients, it is only the active ingredients which you should be interested in as those are the ones which actually help to get rid of the dark spots or blemishes. The other ingredients are often just to make the product look nicer or perhaps smell nicer.
Although there are some products that hardly work at all, there are still many that do have good success rates and so choose wisely.