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What Are Dark Spots?


What Are Dark Spots? What Are Dark Spots? What Are Dark Spots?

If you’ve ever looked in the mirror only to notice dark spots, you may be wondering not only what they are—but what you can do to get rid of dark spots (if there’s anything you can do at all). That’s why we’re here to answer a few common questions about dark spots, including what they are, whether or not you can get rid of them, and if it’s possible to prevent future ones from appearing on your complexion. Keep reading for the answers, along with tips you can add to your skin care routine and skin care product recommendations like dark spot corrector that can help minimize their appearance.

What Are Dark Spots?

If you’re wondering what dark spots are, we’re here to tell you! According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), dark spots are a type of discoloration that can appear on the surface of skin, usually as the result of years of sun damage. When you spend extended amounts of time in the sun sans taking protective measures (like wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen and covering up exposed areas), this can lead to damage—and this damage can show up as visible signs of aging like dark spots later on. According to the AAD, those with darker skin tones are more prone to seeing dark spots appear—however, dark spots can occur on any skin tone.

Can You Get Rid of Dark Spots?

When you have dark spots, you’ve likely searched and searched for tips on how to remove them. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to get rid of dark spots—that being said, there are a few steps you can take in your skin care routine to help prevent new dark spots from appearing as well as help minimize the appearance of existing dark spots. Don’t worry—we’re sharing the steps you can take (and the skin care products you can use) next.

How Can You Help Prevent Future Dark Spots?

While you can’t get rid of dark spots, there are a few steps you can take to help prevent new dark spots from appearing on your skin. Remember how we told you that sun damage can lead to the appearance of dark spots? Well, that means you should take sun protection very seriously to help protect against future damage. The first step in your sun protection routine should be applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher or a moisturizer with SPF, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30, as directed. Remember to reapply at least every two hours—or immediately after swimming or sweating. But your sun protection routine shouldn’t end there. Additionally, you should limit your amount of time in the sun (especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., which are the sun’s peak hours), seek shade when you’re outside, and cover up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.

What Can You Do to Diminish the Look of Dark Spots?

For the dark spots you already have, consider adding a dark spot corrector, like the L’Oréal Paris Youth Code™ Dark Spot Correcting & Illuminating Serum Corrector. This dark spot corrector can help fade the look of dark spots and even out your skin tone with continued use over time. It also immediately offers an illuminating effect. After cleansing, apply dark spot corrector over your skin, then follow up with moisturizer. In the morning, remember to use a moisturizer with SPF (like the one we suggested above) and take other sun protection measures to help prevent new dark spots from appearing. (Read A Skin Care Routine for Dark Spots for more skin care tips on reducing the look of dark spots.)

Besides your skin care routine, you can also disguise dark spots with makeup. For step-by-step instructions on doing just that, head on over to our article, How to Conceal Dark Spots with Makeup. Just make sure your makeup bag is stocked with color corrector and full coverage foundation!