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the best ingredients for treating dark spots

The best ingredients for treating dark spots

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  • Dark spots are caused by an excess production of melanin,the pigment responsible for skin color
  • You can fade the appearance of dark spots with active ingredientslike Hexylresorcinol, Niacinamide and Aswagandha

  • Sun spots. Age spots. Dark spots. Melasma. All of these names fall under one bucket, otherwiseknown as hyperpigmentation. This common condition is where patches of skin become darkerthan the surrounding area, caused by an excess production of melanin (the pigment responsiblefor skin and hair color). These resulting dark spots can make you look more than 20 years older.

    Fortunately, there are certain skincare ingredients that work to treat dark spots andhyperpigmentation! We’ve rounded up the top six ingredients to start incorporating into yourskin care routine.


    This potent active inhibits the activity of the enzyme that creates melanin, leading to a decreasein melanin production.

    Find it in  PowerBright Dark Spot Serum, which evens the appearance of uneven pigmentationfast and fades dark spots over time.


    Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3, helps reduce the transfer of pigment from melanocytesto surrounding keratinocytes, which can reduce the appearance of uneven pigmentation anddark spots.

    Niacinamide can be found in PowerBright Moisturizer SPF 50 alongside Brown Algae, HyaluronicAcid, Safflower Oil, Glycogen, Licorice Root Extract and Bisabolol. This daily SPF moisturizerhelps shield against dark spots and combat oxidative stress caused by pollution.

    Shiitake Mushroom

    Shiitake mushrooms aren’t just delicious — they’re good for your skin, too. They help evenskin tone by degrading melanin, and are also a source of beta-glucans. Shiitake mushroomhelps to decrease uneven skin tone caused by visible sun damage, age spots or scarring.

    Find this ingredient in  PowerBright Dark Spot Serum.

    Adaptogenic Ashwagandha

    This ancient medicinal herb is actually classified as an adaptogen, which means it can helpyour body manage stress. The benefits of Ashwagandha come to light in skincare because ofthe connection between stress and skin aging, including fine lines and wrinkles. Ashwagandhadelivers antioxidants to help normalize skin’s functions, and it also has a root in Ayurveda, withits leaves being recommended for reducing inflammation.

    This ingredient can also be found in  PowerBright Dark Spot Serum, alongside Niacinamide,Hexylrecorcinol, Shiitake Mushroom, Black Currant Oil, Peony Flower, and skin-shielding actives.

    Peony Flower + Black Currant Oil

    Both Peony Flower and Black Currant Oil help to reduce the action of tyrosinase, which helps todecrease the amount of melanin production in the skin. Peony extract is a powerful antioxidantand anti-inflammatory. The combination of Peony Flower with Black Currant Oil helps to boostskin’s natural luminosity, as black currant extract is rich in fatty acids and helps keep skinhydrated, nourished and more youthful-looking.

    Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate

    It is fairly well known that Vitamin C is a powerful ingredient to address hyperpigmentation anddark spots, as it is highly effective at scavenging free radicals, helping the skin defend itselfagainst future oxidative stress, and brightening skin. Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is astabilized form of Vitamin C that delivers high-performance brightening and provides the skinwith antioxidant benefits.

    Find Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate in  PowerBright OvernightCream alongside Niacinamide,Hexylresorcinol, Pumpkin Enzyme, Cranberry and Raspberry Seed Oils, and Licorice Extract.This nourishing nighttime cream optimizes skin moisture recovery and helps restore luminosity.

    Want to learn more about which skin care products and ingredients are right for you?Visit your local Dermalogica skin therapist for a completely customized regimen.