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Natural Solutions for Dark Spots, Uneven Skin Tone, and Hyperpigmentation

Have you noticed some unevenness in your skin lately? Age spots, darkened areas, acne scars, pregnancy masks, and other types of skin discoloration can make you feel older than you are, and may encourage you to reach for harsh lightening products like hydroquinone, or even get you thinking about cosmetic surgery.

Such drastic measures aren’t necessary, however, as Mother Nature has given us plenty of solutions that work with the skin, rather than against it.

Worried about dark spots? You don’t have to be harsh with your skin.

What is Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is a general term encompassing all types of dark areas of skin. The condition occurs when the body produces too much of the skin pigment, melanin, in certain areas, causing those dark, blotchy patches.

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Melanin is the pigment responsible for producing our skin and eye color, as well as the color of our hair. As the body ages, however, the skin is less able to properly distribute the pigment, increasing the risk of uneven skin tone.

The most commonly affected parts of the skin include the forehead, cheeks, upper lip, and chin. After the age of 30, hyperpigmentation can also show up as age spots on the hands and other areas of the body.

What Causes Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is often triggered by other factors. The most common one is the sun. Exposure to damaging UV rays, whether from the sun or tanning beds, can trigger the overproduction of melanin, causing dark spots and discoloration.

The second most common trigger is hormonal changes. Women who take birth control pills or who are pregnant may experience hyperpigmentation as the body reacts to the change in hormone levels. This produces a type of skin darkening called “melasma,” which typically affects the cheeks, chin, and forehead.

Inflammation is the third most common trigger. When the skin becomes inflamed, due to acne, chemical peels, or other skin treatments or damage, the skin may react by producing too much melanin during the healing process.

Various medical conditions may also lead to hyperpigmentation. These may include Addison’s disease, Cushing’s disease, celiac disease, and other genetic and hormonal disorders. Smoking  can also increase risk.

How is it Treated?

Treatment of hyperpigmentation typically starts with skin creams that help fade dark spots through exfoliation. These creams slough away the outer layer of skin, allowing new and lighter skin to show through underneath. Some of these creams include alpha hydroxy acids, as well as Retinol (a form of vitamin A). Many individuals with sensitive skin, however, may find these treatments too harsh.

Hydroquinone is a chemical skin lightener that is approved to fade dark areas by decreasing the production of the skin’s pigment cells. This ingredient is often found in lightening creams, and does work to fade dark spots over time, but can increase the risk of dermatitis and decreased skin elasticity, which can accelerate the look of aging. Animal studies have also found some evidence that hydroquinone may damage skin, so the FDA has restricted non-prescription concentrations to only 2 percent.

Using any of these products requires strict adherance to sun protection. Exposure to UV rays while using acids to exfoliate or hydroquinone to lighten will result in even more darkened areas and perhaps scarring.

A Better, Gentler Way

I believe that skin responds best when we treat it well. If we’re too harsh with acids or disrupt its natural processes with chemicals like hydroquinone, we’re likely to see it reacting in ways that don’t make us happy! Skin may be lighter, but it may also be thinner, duller, and less able to hold its shape.

Regular treatment with ingredients that work with the skin, on the other hand, are more likely to help lighten dark spots and help skin to become as healthy as it can be. For those struggling with hyperpigmentation, I recommend my Anti-Aging Serum and Coconut Honey Mask.

Daily treatment with the Anti-Aging Serum boosts the production of collagen, helping skin to regain its youthful spring, and also naturally protects from damaging UV rays. Natural fatty acids from life everlasting flowers also help calm and reduce redness while helping to reduce the appearance of dark spots. The stimulating properties of rosemary help repair broken capillaries and fade skin discoloration.

Use the Coconut Honey Mask about two times a week. Honey contains gluconic acid, which is a mild alpha hydroxy acid that gently exfoliates to provide a brighter tone to skin.

Try this regimen for about 12 weeks and see if you don’t notice a difference! Not only will your dark spots fade, but your skin will look more hydrated, firm, and vibrant overall.

Have you tried these products to lighten dark spots? Please share your experience.

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  1. Karla Rees says:

    I am using Clinique Even Better line (serum, moisturizer, foundation and concealer) for about 6 months now and although I’ve noticed a slight lightening of my brown spot (located on my right cheek), it has not delivered on it’s promise to fade it completely. Can you send me the products you recommend in conjunction with the products you mentioned above and price list please? Thank you.
    PS. I started getting this dark spot during my first pregnancy in 2000 so it’s been with me for a while, started as a small spot (hardly noticeable and now to a spot you can hardly miss! I always have to edit it out from photos) HELP!

  2. tressure says:

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  3. aariz says:

    I have dark spots on my checks plz suggest any solutions thanks

  4. rea says:

    I have darkspot on my check,nose and my chin please help me what kind of face facial wash,toner and cream i can use that can i removed it…

  5. Nicole says:

    I have two dark marks right above my lips, it burns! Please help!!!!

  6. Paula says:

    I have a really dark forehead do let me know what sorts of remedies or products I can use. Ty

  7. elle says:

    I have dark skin between my breasts

  8. Ankit says:

    I have my body colour mark on my upper lips.
    How to remove it?

  9. charity says:

    l have skin tone & dark sport face please suggest any solution thanks.

  10. zimasa says:

    For almost a year now I have problem of dark spots all over my body please help me b’coz this is irritating if tried used some skin products without luck

  11. Karla says:

    I have hyperpigmentation on my upper lip. I also have acne marks because of hyperpigmentation. Can you recomend me something please. Thank you

    • Annmarie Skin Care says:

      Hi Karla,

      From our line, we would suggest working with the Repair Serum!

      Our Repair Serum is a vitamin C rich serum with the use of stem cells from oranges, designed specifically to target damaged skin, sun spots, or discoloration. The herbs and extracts in this specialty Repair Serum will lighten, brighten and plump up your skin. So if your skin needs a pick-me-up and some repair, this is a great option. 🙂

      I hope that helps!

  12. Ankit says:

    I have natural body colour on my upper lips in some area.
    please tell me what is this and how can I remove this?

  13. Gillian says:

    Hello I’m a big fan of your skin care as I’ve never found nateral organic ways to help supplement my skin . I’m 37 I have age spots redness on my chin from old scars from acne when I was a teenager I’ve been using foundation for years , I’ve now stopped . I also have red marks left from dermertitis my skin is sensitive . Now I’m older I’ve got wrinkles around my eyes forehead but whatever I use brings me out with dermititis or spots so I’m confused ?? I’m looking for something to help with lighting the pigment in my skin but also to protect and nourish and firm the eye area . Please could you give me advise on what to use from your skin care renege . Kind regards

    • Annmarie Skin Care says:

      Hi Gillian,

      It sounds like you’re working with a couple of different things here. You’re wanting to lighten some scars and work with fine lines and wrinkles but you’re also experiencing some sensitive skin.
      I would suggest working up to a daily routine with our Aloe-Herb Cleanser, Repair Serum, and the Unscented Facial Oil. That could be really helpful for you 🙂

  14. Kukua says:

    Plz where can I buy some of these hyper pigmentation products

  15. msie blose says:

    I have a huge problem when I’m I’m turning 16 years my started does’nt look well. I tried many different product but it same.I decided to go to the traditional healer but I do not see the different

  16. suman says:

    I have brown aging spot on cheeks and nose Plz recommend cream or medicine I m from punjab

    • Annmarie Skin Care says:

      Hi there!

      I would suggest working with the Repair Serum. It can be really helpful overtime for hyperpigmentation. Also, using a high quality organic sun protection is key to working with hyperpigmented skin.

  17. Rich says:

    I have problem of dart spot on my face pls how to remove it

  18. Tayla says:

    I have a dark spot on my chin and there’s only one of them and I’m young and I don’t know how to get it away.

  19. Alivia Poulsen says:

    I have been using DermalMD Lightening Serum for a few weeks now and the skin on my hands is so much lighter and the pigmentation has faded by using the DermalMD the darker spots are also gone.

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  21. Benita says:

    I Ave dark spots all over my body. Pls
    how do I get rid of them because it’s very irritating.

    • Annmarie Skin Care says:

      Hi Benita,

      I wish we could help! If you’re irritated with hyperpigmentation, you could certainly work with our products but I would suggest seeing an naturalpathic doctor to talk about what you could be experiencing and the best ways to work with the dark spots you have.

  22. love says:

    I’m using skin light cream for my dark sports one year later very effective but now my skin damage now what can I do for my dark sports and damage skin

    • Annmarie Skin Care says:

      Hi there,

      It sounds like your skin needs some nourishment. I would suggest taking it easy with any products until the irritation calms down. Using raw honey to cleanse and a simple facial oil like our Unscented Facial Oil can be really wonderful for helping the skin to heal. Then, when you’re ready adding the Repair Serum to your daily routine could be really helpful for the hyperpigmentation you’re experiencing.

  23. Jules says:

    I am continually frustrated at people trying to lighten their “dark” spots, every where I go there are skin lightning creams, washes, lotions! I have Addisons Disease!! I can’t even wear makeup any longer, I don’t wish to change my colour although I am now around 8 shades darker than I once was! My husband is indigenous but I’m continually asked if I’m sure it’s not me! Although this has become a private family joke between my 4 sons and their families etc, my boys also take offence at people commenting on skin colour, we know my prognosis but the worlds skin care gurus doesn’t need to shove this lighten your skin crap down our throats every day! Come on people, if I can love me, why can’t you love you?? Oh by the way, I love some fab tips on being able to wear and do my face makeup once again. Cheers🤗