Ugh, dark spots. Anyone who has them knows they’re not always the easiest to keep at bay—especially if you have a darker skin tone and struggle with acne. To be perfectly honest, though, hyperpigmentation can’t really 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. Either way, it’s important to see a dermatologist to find out how to treat your specific needs and hyperpigmentation. They’ll be able to tailor a custom hyperpigmentation skincare routine that’s just right for you and your skin. Generally speaking though, 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 aesthetician and global educator for QMS Medicosmetics Rowan Hall-Farrise for a little extra insight on the matter. “At QMS, we would first address and remove some causes of pigmentation,” she says. “Pollution plays a huge hand in this. I would first work with our Epigen range to clear the skin and retrain it against the effect this stressor has had on the skin. This is like an aesthetician’s version of a blank canvas. You have a much clearer and longer-lasting result with your pigment-correcting products when first actively protecting the skin from pollution. Then, I can start to work on calming the melanin production with the QMS Even Tone Day & Night Serum ($178) and Advanced Cellular Marine Day & Night Lotion ($310). I would always have my clients working continually with the QMS Collagen System Sensitive 3-Step Routine Set ($298) to keep the skin’s integrity and barrier function at its optimum. The last product that should be used religiously is an SPF 50. Always protect, protect, protect!”
For a few more of Hall-Farrise’s favorite products to treat dark spots and our own recs, keep scrolling. You’ll find the best exfoliants, masks, and serums to add to your hyperpigmentation skincare routine.