Ugh, dark spots. Anyone who has them knows that they aren’t always the easiest to keep at bay, especially if you have a darker complexion and struggle with acne. To be perfectly honest, however, hyperpigmentation really can’t be treated with a one-size-fits-all approach. There are so many factors that can trigger the formation of dark spots, including sun exposure, eczema, acne, and the list goes on. In any case, it is important to consult a dermatologist to find out how to treat your specific needs and hyperpigmentation. They will be able to tailor a personalized hyperpigmentation skincare routine that is perfect for you and your skin. Generally speaking, however, there are a few great ingredients that can treat it, including vitamin C, retinoids, AHAs, BHAs, niacinamide, and tranexamic acid.
I was also able to ask Rowan Hall-Farrise, Aesthetician and Global Educator for QMS Medicosmetics, for a little additional insight on the subject. “At QMS, we would first address and remove certain causes of pigmentation,” she says. “Pollution plays an important role in this. I would first work with our Epigen range to cleanse the skin and retrain against the effect this stressor has had on the skin. It’s like the esthetician’s version of a blank canvas. You get a much clearer and lasting result with your pigment correcting products when you actively protect the skin from pollution. Then I can start working on calming melanin production with the SMQ Uniform Day and Night Serum ($178) and Advanced Cellular Marine Day & Night Lotion ($310). I would always make my customers work permanently with the QMS Collagen System Sensitive 3-Step Routine Set ($298) to maintain the skin’s integrity and barrier function at their optimum. The last product to use religiously is an SPF 50. Protect, protect, always protect!”
For some other favorite Hall-Farrise products for treating dark spots and our own recommendations, keep scrolling. You’ll find the best exfoliators, masks and serums to add to your hyperpigmented skin care routine.