How can I permanently get rid of dark spots on my face?


Over the years, I’ve developed some dark spots on my face. They used to come in the summer no matter how much SPF I wore and they would gradually fade when winter arrived and I was out of the sun. With age (I’m 32 now) I’ve noticed they stick around year round. They are a pain to fade, and I’ve spent a pretty penny on products claiming they’ll help dark spots.

I notice a lot of people who are in my age group that have dark spots. Usually it’s on the left side of the face by the eye or cheek, in the same location as mine. I’m sure a lot of it is from not wearing SPF while driving (something I’m much better about these days!) but even though it’s typical for people to have these spots, I want mine gone! I’ve thought about how much it might cost to get them lasered, and I’m not up for that right now. Instead, I’m checking out every beauty product I can that might help me. 

The latest product I’m trying? SkinMedica 2.0 Lytera Pigment Correcting Serum has been in my daily rotation of beauty products for a couple days. It’s formulated to address even the most stubborn discoloration, regardless of skin type or genetic makeup. Improvements can be seen in as early as 2 weeks, with more dramatic results at 12 weeks and beyond. The formula is non-hydroquinone, retinol-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free, and non-comedogenic.

The directions say to use this twice a day, morning and night. I’m very eager to have this as part of my beauty routine. You know me, I LOVE to be honest about my results so I took before pictures. I’ll update this post with my progress if I see any. So far I’m on day 3, and I’ve been VERY diligent about SPF every day so I can get the absolute best results possible. 

If you’re an ingredients girl like I am, here’s what’s in the formula. It’s a steep $154 so you are certainly getting a great, effective ingredient list for the price!

Key Ingredients

Tranexamic Acid: Helps correct the appearance of hyperpigmentation.

Phenylethyl Resorcinol: Helps support melanin balance to correct the appearance of hyperpigmentation.

Niacinamide & Tetrapeptide-30: Helps prevent the appearance of new spots while visibly balancing the appearance of your skin tone.

Marine Extract Blend: Helps to correct and prevent the appearance of hyperpigmentation while supporting a healthy skin barrier.

Phytic Acid: Enhances skin texture and promotes even-looking skin.

Is getting rid of dark spots something you are concerned with? What kind of products do you use to help your results? Share with me in the comments below! 


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  1. 6.6.18

    Sun damage on the left side of the face is a very common side effect of driving! I had a sun spot on the left side of my face that I had my doctor remove it. She said that it was from driving all year long in the hot Southern California sun. I am diligent about wearing a high SPF sunscreen, but now am very careful that I really work it in close to my hairline.

  2. 6.6.18

    That sounds like a good mix of ingredients – pls let us know if it works! I’m currently getting Piqo4 laser treatments for my spots because nothing topical has ever worked. It’s actually working but it takes A LOT of sessions – I’m on 7 or 8 now and it will be at least 10 I’m sure.

  3. 6.6.18
    MarciaF said:

    My brown spots plague me too. I know it’s more on my driver’s side but now that my husband is retired I’m a passenger more often and I’m seeing them on both sides in spite of daily SPF. I’m really looking forward to your after results. Be sure you do a new post with pictures! Good luck.

  4. 6.6.18
    Allison said:

    I have a spot on the left side that i’ve Been trying to fade with a variety of skincare products. It’s lighter than it was but it’s still visible. If the Skinmedica weren’t so pricey, I’d try it. I probably need laser

  5. 6.6.18
    Kathryne said:

    As Aesthetic Registered Nurse specializing in laser procedures, I see a lot of patients with dark spots, sun spots and melasma. Topical treatments in general work best pre-melanin synthesis. Some may work but it will take a while and usually requires combination of products and treatments. Left side is usually more dense because UV rays penetrate car windows. Sunscreen is the #1 rule and if you are really concerned w/ spots, depending on how dark/intense/deep they are, you can benefit from laser or photofacial series that are specifically indicated for hyperpigmentation.

  6. 6.7.18
    Lulle said:

    I use vitamin C serums, retinol, glycolic acid to help reduce sun spots, most of them daily, and of course sunscreen. Have you tried IPL? I did a couple sessions last year and I was amazed by the result. Pigmentation literally comes to the surface of the skin and then… falls off. I want to do more treatments next winter because it’s incredibly effective on my dark spots.

    • 6.8.18
      justina said:

      I really want to try IPL!

  7. 6.7.18

    Sun spots are so hard to get rid of, even with aesthetic procedures 🙁 I found a few products that work well fr my skin, but they all take month to show any results. That’s why I am pretty much religious with my sunscreen nowadays – easier to prevent than to treat the damage later.

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