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Natural Solutions for Uneven Skin Tone and Reducing the Appearance of Dark Spots


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Have you noticed some unevenness in your skin lately? Age spots, darkened areas, 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 Uneven Skin Tone?

Uneven skin tone 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, this can also show up as age spots on the hands and other areas of the body.

What Causes Uneven Skin Tone?

Uneven skin tone 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 skin tone changes as the body reacts to the change in hormone levels. This produces a type of skin darkening, 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 uneven skin tone. 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 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 adherence 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.

Additional Things You Can Do to Reduce the Appearance of Age Spots and Even Skin Tone

There are some additional natural things that you can do to help reduce the appearance of age spots and even out the look of your skin tone.

Daily use of our Anti-Aging Serum protects, tightens and firms your look. Natural fatty acids from life everlasting flowers also help reduce the appearance of dark spots. The stimulating properties of rosemary help keep your skin looking vibrant and bright.

Use our Coconut Honey Mask about two times a week. Honey contains gluconic acid, which 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. We hope your skin will look more hydrated, firm, and vibrant overall.

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COMMENTS ( 22 and counting )
  1. tressure says:

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  2. aariz says:

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

  3. 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…

  4. Nicole says:

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

  5. Paula says:

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

  6. Ankit says:

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

  7. charity says:

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

  8. 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

  9. 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 Citrus Stem Cell Serum!

      Our Citrus Stem Cell Serum is a vitamin C rich serum with the use of stem cells from oranges, designed specifically to target damaged skin and evening out the appearance of your skin tone. The herbs and extracts in this specialty Citrus Stem Cell Serum will lighten, brighten and plump up your skin. So if your skin needs a pick-me-up, this is a great option. 🙂

      I hope that helps!

  10. 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?

  11. 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 parts of your skin and work with reducing the appearance of 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, Citrus Stem Cell Serum, and the Unscented Facial Oil. That could be really helpful for you 🙂

  12. Kukua says:

    Plz where can I buy some of these hyper pigmentation products

  13. 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

  14. suman says:

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

  15. Rich says:

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

  16. 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.

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  18. Benita says:

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

  19. nirmala 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… plzzzzzzzzzz help me

  20. Ivette says:

    I have these little light marks above my eyebrows which looks really weird compared to my naturally tan skin. Is there any way to get the marks off of my face?