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Natural Remedies For Dark Marks

March 04, 2020

How to Lighten Dark Marks Naturally

Several factors can cause dark marks or uneven skin tone on your face.  Hyperpigmentation, where the skin produces too much melanin as a result of damage, is called post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.  Other reasons include hormonal causes like Melasma, sun spots, acne scars or even metabolic problems. (So check with your dermatologist/ dermatology PA)

If you're bothered by the dark marks you see on your face and have gotten a clean bill of health, it’s time to stop covering those marks up with makeup, and start leaving the house with confidence again! 

Take Preventative Measures by Using Sunscreen.

Wearing a good sunscreen with a high SPF can help you avoid getting dark spots in the first place. Once you have dark marks, limiting exposure helps prevent those marks from getting even darker. Yes- that can happen!  It’s also super important to protect your skin from the sun's harmful UVA and UVB rays, which can lead to premature aging and skin cancer. Look for broad spectrum coverage and apply it every morning, even if it's cloudy.  Reapply every 2 hours while in the sun or right after swimming.

Up Your Consumption of Vitamin C.

Citrus fruits are thought to help slow down the production of excess melanin. You can help lessen the appearance of dark spots by merely eating more oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruits!  As if you needed an excuse to eat these fruits already, right?  Even better, though is to apply good old Vitamin C topically to your face.  (This  C-Fe Antioxidant Serum is both gentle and packed with antioxidant goodness.)

Superfoods to the Rescue

Some good examples include turmeric root, cucumber, and tomato, all of which are high in antioxidants and can help lighten the appearance of dark marks. While I am not suggesting that you mash these foods up and apply them to your face, finding products that already contain these ingredients will be helpful in your fight against uneven skin tone. 

Invest in a Good Skin Brightener to Use Regularly

Whichever skin care product you choose, the key is consistent, regular use.  Even using harsh chemicals like Hydroquinone can take months to see an improvement.  In fact, in clinical trials it took 12 weeks for test subject to notice a change to dark marks on their skin.  So while we all want results yesterday, patience and persistence is important. 

Of course there are cosmetic measures to diminishing the appearance of brown spots, like laser, microneedling or chemical peels but you will still need the right skin care!

A Product With Nourishing Ingredients Brightens & Reduces Dark Marks Quickly

Theoderma's Honeysuckle Brightening Serum with Swiss Apple Stem Cell is a solution that works well for combating dark marks and uneven skin tone. No nasty chemicals are pore clogging ingredients, just premium botanicals like Honeysuckle extract, Arbutin, Turmeric, Ferulic Acid, and Resveratrol.

Every product is vegan certified for cruelty free you can trust.  Need help, just email us for one on one expert advice!

Savy Guthrie has been a PA working in dermatology for 17 years and has worked in medicine for 20 years overall.  She has treated tens of thousands of patients, helping them achieve healthy, beautiful skin. 

Savy Guthrie is a dermatology PA with 17 years of patient care experience and is the founder of Theoderma Skin Care.

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