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10 Dark Spot Correctors That Will Rid Your Skin of Age Spots and Hyperpigmentation

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It’s a fact of life that many women over 50 (and younger women who spend lots of time in the sun!) tend to get age spots on their arms, face, hands, and shoulders. Harmless though they may be, however, we don’t have to like them. There are plenty of things we can do to help fade these pesky little marks, even out our complexions, and brighten our skin, beginning with a dark spot corrector.

Age Spot or Something Worse?

Before you pull out the beauty products, you’ll want to make sure you know what you’re dealing with. A new spot anywhere on your body can cause a fright (and it’s never a bad idea to consult your doctor when one appears), but before your inner hypochondriac takes over, be sure to check whether your mysterious spot looks like one of these three common age marks.

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Cherry angiomas: Also called Campbell De Morgan spots, or senile angiomas, cherry angiomas are small red bumps that can appear anywhere on the body. These red dots are usually no bigger than a pencil eraser and appear red due to an abnormally high concentration of blood vessels. 

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Lentigines: You’ve probably already heard of this type of age spot by a different name — liver spots. Aka lentigo, lentigines pop up on areas of skin that are often exposed to the sun and may not have a uniform shape. They’re darkish in color and tend to increase in number as you get older. 

Senior male patient with a Keratosis on his cheek, under his right eye, the skin blemish is probably sun damage related.
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Seborrheic keratoses: These spots are either flat or raised and may have a scaly texture like a wart. Seborrheic keratoses often appear in clusters and are dark in color. 

If you’re still unsure whether you have an age spot or something more serious, refer to the A-B-C-D-Es of checking your marks for skin cancer: asymmetry (normal marks are typically symmetrical in shape), borders (irregular borders may be a sign of skin cancer), colors (lesions shouldn’t be multiple colors, and darker hues are more of a cause for concern), diameter (melanomas are typically larger than a pencil eraser), evolution (changes in size, shape, or elevation, as well as new symptoms, such as bleeding, crusting, or itching may signal skin cancer). Suspicious spots should be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible.

How to Get Rid of Dark Spots

When it comes to making normal age spot fade, it’s a good idea to look for products that contain hydroquinone. This topical skin lightener has been used for decades to restrict the production of tyrosinase — an enzyme that plays a role in the creation of melanin. Dark spots, age spots, and hyperpigmentation (a condition in which patches of skin become darker than the skin that surrounds it) all occur as the result of an overproduction of melanin, so it make sense to limit this process.

Hydroquinone is available over the counter in 2 percent concentrations, though you can get as high as 4 percent (or greater) with a prescription. You may see results in as little as four weeks, depending on your skin, but expect to wait eight to 12 weeks to see a visible difference in your complexion. 

In addition to hydroquinone, azelaic acid, glycolic acid, kojic acid, retinoids, and vitamin C are all powerful skin-brightening ingredients, according to the American Academy of Dermatologists. And, lucky for you, there’s no prescription needed to use these products. 

How to Choose the Best Dark Spot Corrector 

Knowing your skin type will help you find the best dark spot corrector for you. Is your skin extremely sensitive? Is your hyperpigmentation years in the making? The answers to these questions will help you navigate the confusing world of age spot creams, serums, and oils. In addition, we’ve rounded up a solid list containing the best dark spot correctors on the market to help your decision with ease. Keep scrolling to shop Woman’s World’s picks for the best dark spot correctors to fade age spots and hyperpigmentation.

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