6 products that effectively treat hyperpigmentation and dark spots

Jamé Jackson
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While harmless, hyperpigmentation is extremely annoying. It’s caused by an increase of melanin in the skin. Though we all have melanin, the reasons for individual hyperpigmentation can vary. For some, it’s sun exposure without protection. (Remember, we wrote an entire story on skin cancer and why everyone needs to protect themselves?) For others, hormones, natural influences and inflammation are the culprit. For me? Pesky acne breakouts are behind my scarring and dark spots.

Most dermatologists recommend using products made with vitamin C, azelaic acid, mandelic acid or niacinamide (vitamin B-3) to help treat hyperpigmentation and dark spots.

If you can’t get to your dermatologist right now, but still want to get to work on reducing the appearance of dark spots, you’ll be happy to know acne-related hyperpigmentation is fixable even while we’re all at home. Check out the curated selection of products below that help with hyperpigmentation.

Best Products For Hyperpigmentation:

Shop: Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40, $34

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What it is: A totally invisible, weightless, scentless and makeup-gripping daily primer with SPF 40.

Shop: The INKEY List Tranexamic Acid Hyperpigmentation Treatment, $14.99

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What it is: An overnight treatment that helps target the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots for a more even complexion.

Shop: Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, $10

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What it is: A gentle leave-on exfoliant with salicylic acid that quickly unclogs pores, smoothes wrinkles and brightens and evens skin tone.

Shop: Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil, $53

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What it is: A mega-moisturizing blend of antioxidant-packed pure oils plus vitamin E for supple, youthful skin.

Shop: The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, $8.70

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What it is: An exfoliating toning solution with seven percent glycolic acid, amino acids, aloe vera, ginseng, and tasmanian pepperberry.

Shop: OLEHENRIKSEN Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner, $29

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What it is: A potent toner, supercharged with high-potency AHAs (glycolic and lactic acids), to reduce the look of dark spots in as little as seven days.

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