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5 Ways to Treat Dark Spots

Dark spots on the skin are also known as hyperpigmentation.

Hormone fluctuations, acne, and sun damage can make the skin complexion appear uneven and discolored. These can be present as age spots, scarring, or freckles. Some people may find this bothersome and can lower confidence and self-esteem.

There are a number of ways to tackle these dark spots, ranging from topical products to professional skin care treatments.

Let’s take a closer look at simple and successful ways to treat dark spots:

1. Topical Vitamin C

It is widely known that ingesting Vitamin C is excellent for overall health. Eating a diet rich in Vitamin C is great for the skin, but applying it topically can have more noticeable benefits.

Dark spots will become less visible with the regular use of products that contain Vitamin C. It is absorbed into the outer layer of skin, which lightens and brightens the surface.

This article reveals that using Vitamin C on the skin can also protect it from damage caused by free radicals and exposure to the sun. It is also a common ingredient in many moisturizers, serums, and other skin care products. 

At Newport Beach MedSpa, we carry the Obagi-C RX line. This luxurious skin care system is available in 10%, 15%, and 20% Vitamin C. Dark spots will be less visible after consistent use.

2. Cosmelan Peels

Newport Beach MedSpa prides itself in offering various chemical peel services, depending on the pigmentation of your skin and your skin’s current condition.

Cosmelan is one of our favorite chemical peels to use for people with an uneven skin tone or dark spots, especially Melasma type of pigmentation. Melasma from hormonal changes is also improved with this high-quality peel.

For best results, a microdermabrasion treatment is recommended immediately prior to the Cosmelan peel. This will help the peel penetrate into the surface of the skin, without the need to pass through a barrier of dead skin cells.

3. Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion works well to remove dark spots from the skin. As mentioned above, it is often used in conjunction with other methods (such as IPL Photorejuvenation) to best achieve an even skin tone.

Basically, the method of microdermabrasion is like a microscopic form of sand blasting the skin. Minute crystals are sprayed onto the skin, as the machine sucks up the dead skin cells that have been loosened.

This leaves behind fresh, smooth skin that is more capable of absorbing serums, creams, chemical peels, or other topical products.

4. Skin Resurfacing Peel

Newport Beach MedSpa offers a variety of skin resurfacing and rejuvenating peels for all skin types.

These peels are not just for the facial area. They can be applied anywhere on the body where there are dark spots or fine lines, such as the neck, hands, and chest.

After your procedure, there may be some redness in the newly exposed skin. It is very important that you protect your skin with sunscreen while in this stage. Be sure to use an ample amount of moisturizer during this time, as well.

Results from the resurfacing peel should start to be noticeable within about two days.

5. Skin Care Products For Dark Spots

Hydroquinone is known to be the gold standard for treating hyperpigmentation.

Our Obagi-C RX line also contains 4% hydroquinone, which aids in the lightening of age spots and other hyperpigmentation. 

Not just any over-the-counter product will do. If you want to see significant results, it is essential to get a quality prescription strength solution, such as Obagi’s #3 Clear.


Keep in mind that the best advice for dark spots is to prevent them before they develop.

Be sure to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen of at least 35 SPF when spending time outdoors. Wide brim hats are also a great way to shield the delicate skin on your face from the sun.

If you are currently struggling with dark spots, visit a professional who will analyze your skin and choose a service that is specific to your needs. At Newport Beach MedSpa, all of your skin care issues will be thoroughly addressed.

Our Licensed Aestheticians and Aesthetic RNs will work with you to provide professional services. Your skin will appear more radiant and youthful and your dark spots will be a thing of the past.


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