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After a summer out in the sun, you may be wondering how to get rid of dark spots on your face due to sun damage. Despite anyone’s best efforts to mind their SPF, any time spent under the sun can take a toll on the skin. After months of UV exposure, discolorations in the form of freckles, dark spots, or scars may suddenly be visible, leaving one to wonder how to get rid of dark spots. Once you notice them, the faster you seek treatment, the better. Even tiny dark spots may keep getting larger so the sooner you deal with the problem, the easier it will remove them.

Here are tried-and-true strategies for how to get rid of dark spots:

Stock Up on Sunscreen

If you’re careful about limiting your sun exposure, you may never have a brown spot, to begin with. Regular sunscreen application and reasonable skin coverage in strong sunlight will help ward off future discoloration. Defy Nature recommends Neo-Cutis Micro-Day,-a broad spectrum rejuvenating SPF 30 sunscreen with collagen building MPC that improves skin’s firmness to be applied morning.

Plan Ahead with Retin A

The sooner you start using medical grade Retinol the better. In addition to exfoliating away minor discolorations, this derm-approved product also helps to prevent future dark spots through a photo-protective antioxidant. Apply it at night, since it may induce heightened sun sensitivity. Try Replenix Retinol Serum with Green tea extracts and caffeine from Defy Nature that also diminishes fines line and wrinkles to achieve smoother more even tone skin.

Go for a Power Peel

For medium-depth spot removal, chemical peels including trichloroacetic acid (TCA) or glycolic acid superficially injure the skin to provoke a wound-healing response that expels dark pigment. For both deeper spot removal and newish sun spots, Defy Nature offers award winning VIPeel treatments in New London CT. After a VIPeel treatment, the whole problem can be eliminated in a single treatment. Most clients, however, schedule a series of three to four appointment and one to two follow-ups each year for maintenance.

If all else fails, look to medical grade skin-brightening products to help improve the appearance of dark spots. The most advanced serums target thin, surface-level spots including melasma and sun-induced hyperpigmentation. The most common ingredient in these products is hydroquinone and Vitamin C . Regularly using a good topical treatment may help eradicate 50 percent of the offending marks. Consider Topix Vitamin C brightening serum or VI Beauty 4 % Hydroquinone Lightening Cream for hyperpigmentation spiked with everything from encapsulated vitamin C to gentle re-texturizing acids into your nightly skincare regimen. These are all offered at Defy Nature.

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