For many people, dark spots are a secondary skin issue. Let's say you have acne or forgot to dutifully apply sunscreen like you should have and now you have a slight burn. That can be frustrating enough, but what's worse is when your skin heals up only to reveal brand-new hyperpigmentation underneath. Suddenly you have another concern to address—one that's stubborn to treat.
If this sounds like your skin, don't worry. We have expert advice from the head physician and founder of the New York Dermatology group. His name is David Colbert, MD, and he practices medicine in Manhattan, though his influence extends far and wide both domestically and internationally (he's even a go-to skincare expert for Hollywood insiders).
Here he talks dark spot prevention and post–dark spot treatment. The latter includes treatments with buzzy ingredients like hydroquinone and glycolic acid. We've even recommended a few of our favorite brightening and lightening products of our own.
This facial oil was developed by Colbert himself. It includes retinol and vitamin C esters to improve the tone and texture of skin over time. A combination of oils, like argan, passionfruit, and marula, and borage seed oil provides antioxidants and intense moisture.
This serum features a blend of AHA and BHA acids to lift dark spots and hyperpigmentation from the skin. The chemical exfoliation leaves our skin looking bright, radiant, and glowy, and frankly, we can't get enough.
As far as drugstore lightening serums go, we've found this one to be top-notch. Polyhydroxy acid brightens and evens the complexion, while shea butter extracts keep the skin's moisture intact. Its small size makes it great for a targeted application.
This smoothing lactic acid treatment is a fan favorite. Beauty editors and bloggers alike swear by the treatment for clarifying the complexion and lifting rogue dark spots and hyperpigmentation away. Seriously, we've seen it on almost every single #shelfie on Instagram.