With so many skincare products on the market, it can be challenging to know which one is right for you. There are many skin types and concerns – but one challenge many people have is dealing with dark spots.
The most important thing to understand about hyperpigmentation, acne scars, melasma or dark spots is that it takes time to fade or eliminate these spots. Most experts state that it can take up to a year to fade extra pigmentation.
And one problem with many skincare products today is that they contain harsh chemical exfoliants or dangerous ingredients that can actually do more harm than good. So which ones are actually gentle and effective? Here are seven effective yet gentle skincare ingredients that fade dark spots.
Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from sugar cane. Several studies show that glycolic acid is useful to cover dark spots, melasma, hyperpigmentation and other spots such as acne scars.
Kojic acid is an antioxidant that helps slow down pigment production. It is mainly used to relieve dark spots of scars, acne and sun damage. Interestingly, it has something in common with sake – Japanese rice wine. Kojic acid is actually a byproduct of the fermentation process of making sake.
Niacinamide is one of the most popular skin care ingredients today. It’s loved for its ability to smooth and soften the skin — and it helps brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. A Japanese study examined the impact of niacinamide in combination with the use of sunscreen. Even after eight weeks of use, niacinamide reduced hyperpigmentation compared to the skin of people who did not use it during sun exposure. An extra bonus? Niacinamide strengthens the skin barrier.
Doesn’t it seem like vitamin C can do it all? We need it for our immune system – and we need it for our skin. Thanks to its antioxidant properties, vitamin C helps protect the skin from free radical damage. In addition, it helps block pigment production and reduces the appearance of dark spots. Vitamin C is also essential for collagen production, keeping the skin firm and supple.
Azelaic acid is a naturally occurring dicarboxylic acid. That’s a little different from the alpha and beta hydroxy acids you’re used to hearing. The fading of dark spots and dark spots is what azelaic acid is best known for. That includes traces of acne scars, hyperpigmentation and sun damage. It also helps to even out skin tone. Azelaic acid works by inhibiting an enzyme called tyrosinase that increases melanin production. Another advantage of azelaic acid is that when used in balanced quantities it is softer than other acids.
Papaya contains a proteolytic enzyme called papain. Papain is not only a digestive enzyme, but also helps break down large proteins that have built up on the skin. This makes it an excellent soft exfoliant. Papaya enzyme also helps soothe skin irritations and helps fade hyperpigmentation and dark spots that occur after an acne attack. A high beta-carotene content also helps papaya to brighten up your complexion.
Calendula – or pot marigold – is a flower native to the Mediterranean Sea that has a bright yellow-orange saffron color. It is used in color cosmetics and helps address skin problems, especially for those with sensitive skin. The World Health Organization also recognizes calendula as safe because of its gentle properties. It also helps promote collagen production and reduce the appearance of dark spots.
Teami Bright Dark Spot Serum
Meet your new best friend for fading dark spots and boosting the look: the Teami Bright Dark Spot Serum! It’s bursting with superfood ingredients that your skin is sure to love.
This calming yet effective formula contains some of the same ingredients mentioned above to address dark spots and dark spots. This includes:
- 10% Vitamin C
- 3% Azelaic acid
- 2% Papaya enzyme
- 10% Calendula extract!
In addition, the texture is lightweight, silky and absorbs quickly into your skin. And you can use it with any natural Teami skincare product — all you have to do is apply it to your moisturizer so it can get to work where you need it most.
Most importantly, Teami Bright Dark Spot Serum is made WITHOUT:
- Artificial scent
- Synthetic dyes
- Artificial chemicals
We also make it in small quantities to ensure you get the freshest product possible to nourish your skin. So if you have dark spots, dullness, hyperpigmentation or acne spots that need extra love, then this serum is for you!
One more thing: your skin IS beautiful. There’s nothing wrong with hyperpigmentation and it’s not something to be ashamed of. Many people have skin challenges and issues – and we’re here to help you feel radiant and confident!