They seem to appear overnight and out of the blue. Dark spots are usually caused by some form of trauma to the skin. Sun damage causes overproduction of melanin in the skin, creating areas of darker pigment. Tyrosinase is the skin enzyme responsible for the overproduction of melanin. In addition to sun damage, other causes of dark spots are hormonal changes, acne breakouts, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Many women experience dark skin during pregnancy, known as Melasma, that usually disappears after pregnancy. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is caused by irritation to the skin, which causes the skin to produce excess pigment.
These dark spots can be very frustrating, but luckily there are many effective treatments that can clear and brighten the skin within a matter of weeks. Over the past several years, hydroquinone has become a controversial skin-care ingredient for topical use. What is known for certain is that hydroquinone is a strong inhibitor of melanin production and for over 50 years has been established as the most effective ingredient for reducing and potentially eliminating brown skin discolorations on skin. Concentration Counts! Over-the-counter hydroquinone products can contain 0.5% to 2% concentrations, with 2% being the most effective OTC amount. At the pharmacy, 4% concentrations of hydroquinone (and sometimes even higher) are available by prescription only.
Clear Essence Platinum Line uses 2% hydroquinone in its products: Clear Essence Medicated Fade Creme, Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk, Clear Essence Advanced Complex Fade Gel and Clear Essence Skin Lightening Serum. These products effectively work to lighten discolorations and fade dark spots on darker complexion skin types. Hydroquinone works by decreasing the production of melanin pigments in the skin. Because the chemical lightens skin by reducing melanin, it simultaneously increases exposure to UVA and UVB rays deep in the skin which has caused controversy due to users not coupling skin care products with hydroquinone with sunscreen. For this reason sunscreen must be applied daily and in conjunction with hydroquinone products. Clear Essence Cosmetics has made this a 2-in-1 step by introducing its new formulas; Clear Essence Medicated Fade Creme with SPF 15 and Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk with SPF 15. Clear Essence also produces the My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 15 for use once results are achieved using Clear Essence Skincare Products in order to maintain your new even complexion and keep skin protected in sunlight.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids are also very effective at lightening and clearing the skin through exfoliation. Clear Essence Anti-Aging Line with Alpha Hydroxy Acid reduces hyperpigmentation caused by the sun, pregnancy, inflammation, and acne blemishes. These products contain two powerful ingredients able to rid the skin of dark spots.
Vitamin C is a great option to lighten discoloration for those wishing to only natural ingredients on the skin. This natural ingredient clears the skin and adds a glow, while also boosting collagen production. Unlike some other treatments for discoloration, Vitamin C is safe for use while pregnant and nursing. Clear Essence Lemon Plus Vitamin C line has been proven to lighten discoloration while improving overall skin complexion and appearance. This great smelling formula is recommended to be used for 6-8 weeks in order to let the natural ingredients soak into the sink and remove dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
Age spots, acne marks, melasma, and other forms of hyperpigmentation affect most people at some point in their life. Fortunately, there are many options to even your skin tone, creating a luminous complexion.