Review: Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector
by Martina Gonzalez
The creator of the world’s most unrelenting infomercials, Proactiv®, recently released a new product to their existing line-up: the Dark Spot Corrector. This new solution is designed to alleviate the unsightly discolorations left behind by acne. Dark spots are unique because they are strictly related to the skin’s pigmentation, whereas other acne scars form physical irregularities in the surface of the skin. Proactiv is touting Dark Spot Corrector as the “next step” for acne-suffers who have conquered their blemish woes with Proactive and are looking for something to give them totally flawless skin. Is the Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector really effective?
Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector Basics
Like most of Proactiv’s products, Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector is packaged in a minimalist white tube. The white cream contains 2% hydroquinone and a combination of vitamins A, C, and E for maximum antioxidant benefits. While the fact that it’s oil-free may be good news to some still staving off acne, the hefty listing of chemicals like cetearyl alcohol and fragrance may cause irritation to sensitive skin.
Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector Uses Hydroquinone
Proactiv is introducing their Dark Spot Corrector as a revolutionary way to fight pesky acne scarring and hyperpigmentation. But its active ingredient, hydroquinone, is actually a well-known skincare classic. People that are susceptible to dark spots, age spots, freckles, undereye circles, hyperpigmentation, and other skin color abnormalities have long relied on hydroquinone for its gradual skin-lightening properties. Hydroquinone is almost always sold as a retail product to be used at home, as there are far more effective skin-lightening procedures available at medspas and dermatology clinics.
- Proven to fade dark spots by 59%
- Affordable and available over-the-counter
- Gentle enough for at-home use
- Not effective on severe dark spots
- Can take many months to see results
- May result in further skin discoloration
- Known to cause skin irritation
The Verdict: Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector
Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector contains a proven ingredient for eliminating skin discoloration, which makes it an ideal choice for people with mild post-acne marks. It’s best suited to spots that are superficial, which can be better penetrated by the hydroquinone. Users of Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector should use the product on a daily basis and expect to see results very gradually. They should also monitor their skin carefully throughout the duration of their usage, as hydroquinone can cause permanent skin damage.
Other Dark Spot Correctors and Hyperpigmentation Treatments
Patients looking for a more dramatic difference in their dark spots and post-acne marks have an extensive range of treatment options to choose from.
- For many, the first step is a mild chemical peel or microdermabrasion. These easy treatments slough off the outermost layers of the skin to reveal the fresh, unblemished skin beneath.
- Blue Light Therapy has proven useful on dark undereye circles. Plus, its anti-bacterial properties can eradicate existing breakouts.
- For more severe dark spots, Fraxel Laser Resurfacing takes things a step further. This innovative treatment is often used for anti-aging and rejuvenating purposes, and is now being recognized for its effects on dark spots. A laser creates tiny wounds on the skin, forcing the skin to re-heal itself rapidly with higher levels of collagen. The result? Skin that’s smoother, tighter, and more even than before.
Removing unwanted dark spots can reveal the beautiful, clear skin underneath. Contact our representatives today to schedule a complimentary consultation with a skincare specialist in your area. During the consultation, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about a specific procedure or find out which treatment is best for your dark spots.
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