Best Dermatologist Physician Treatment For Dark Spots On Face

Best Dermatologist Physician Treatment For Dark Spots On Face

Dark spots on the face are a common skin condition seen by dermatologist physicians, affecting all skin types. They can be the result of melasma, solar lentigos (sun spots), post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or freckles.  

Best Dermatology Treatment for Dark Spots

The best treatments for dark spots and patches on the skin depends upon what is causing the dark spot.

Changing dark moles should always be evaluated by a dermatologist to rule out skin cancer like melanoma.

If the dark spots on the skin are rough and raised they most likely seborrheic keratosis or SKs. Seborrheic keratoses need to be removed with liquid nitrogen or laser treatments.

While most people are content with their freckles, if you want to remove them, then laser treatment for freckles works better than skin care to remove freckles.  

Lasers, lights and peels can be used to treat dark spots and patches on the face, but these can worsen melasma.  If you have melasma, we recommend trying a skincare routine first to clear the dark spots.  Lasers and lights work initially, but the melasma usually comes back worse in 3 to 4 months.  The slow and safe path to even skin tone is safer in darker skin types and in anyone with melasma.

To remove melasma, solar lentigos (sun spots) and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, follow our dermatologist’s favorite skin care treatments for dark spots on the face.

The Best Skin Care Routine Steps For Dark Spots On The Face

Any skin care routine for dark spots on the face should always start with an exfoliating cleanser or scrub to remove dead skin cells on the top layer of skin. This helps the next product you use to penetrate the skin better - skin lightening serums in particular often have trouble getting into the skin. Low pH cleansers and scrubs will also help l-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) work better.

After cleansing, apply an eye cream to protect the delicate eye area from the hyperpigmentation cream or serum that you should use next. Layer over a moisturizer and always finish with a sunscreen to protect the skin from further pigmentation that the sun can cause.

At night, I recommend using a retinoid (vitamin A) serum or cream after cleansing, which helps to maintain an even skin tone and healthy glow.

Depending on your skin type, different products will be suitable for you to treat dark spots on the face. Read on to learn more, and take our Skin Type Quiz to discover your skin type.

The Best Hyperpigmentation Cream for Dry Skin

Medature Hydro Bright Treatment is the best dark spot remover for dry skin and uneven skin tone. This hyperpigmentation cream contains niacinamide (vitamin B3), which brightens and smooths the skin, and hyaluronic acid to keep the skin hydrated.

Hexylresorcinol, a skin-brightening ingredient, works to prevent the appearance of new pigmentation and repairs damage, while chamomile reduces inflammation.

The Best Hyperpigmentation Serum for Dry Skin

One of our favorite hyperpigmentation serums for dry, dull skin is SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic. This powerful antioxidant formulation combines 15% L-ascorbic acid (pure vitamin C) with vitamin E and ferulic acid.

Vitamin C is known to inhibit melanin production in the skin, which therefore helps to lighten pigmentation and dark spots on the skin, as well as even out skin tone. Vitamin E combined with ferulic acid also has a potent skin lightening effect, so it’s no wonder this hyperpigmentation serum comes highly recommended by dermatologist physicians the world over.

The Best Hyperpigmentation Cream for Combination Skin 

For combination skin types, the best pigmentation cream is SkinMedica Lytera 2.0, which is suitable for all skin tones to remove stubborn dark spots on the skin.  

Tranexamic acid corrects and prevents the formation of pigmentation in the skin, while niacinamide evens out skin tone and resorcinol corrects the appearance of hyperpigmentation by supporting melanin balance.

The Best Hyperpigmentation Serums for Oily Skin

Jan Marini C-ESTA Face Serum Oil Control contains ascorbyl palmitate, a fat-soluble form of vitamin C, which doesn’t need to be preceded by a low pH cleanser to work effectively.  

This skin bleaching product for oily skin has a non-greasy formula that comprises a methyl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, which absorbs oil from the skin. 

However, if you don’t properly cleanse your face at night it can clog pores and cause acne. We recommend removing this hyperpigmentation serum with a foaming cleanser, like Nolio Foaming Cleanser.

An alternative skin lightening product is ClarityRx Let The Be Light Powerful Lightening Serum. This safe dark spot remover contains alpha arbutin, which works to reduce melanin production in the skin and reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Hyaluronic acid aids the penetration of alpha arbutin and keeps skin hydrated and fresh.

Finally, an affordable vitamin C serum that is perfect for dark spots on the face in oily skin is SkinCeuticals 10 AOX+. This hyperpigmentation serum contains 10% l-ascorbic acid and ferulic acid to protect the skin against premature signs of aging, such as sun spots on the skin. Panthenol (vitamin B5) helps to moisturize the skin and heal inflammation. 

The low pH of l-ascorbic acid helps it better penetrate the skin to tackle uneven skin tone and brighten a dull complexion, and using a low pH cleanser prior to application will further aid efficacy.

This vitamin C serum is also available in a stronger concentration - SkinCeuticals 20 AOX+ - which contains 20% l-ascorbic acid. Speak to your dermatologist physician to find out which is best suited to your skin type.

The Best Skin Lightening Cream For Dry, Sensitive Skin

Most vitamin C products come in serum form because l-ascorbic acid is a water-soluble antioxidant. However, another form of the vitamin can also help lighten skin.  

Jan Marini C ESTA Cream contains a fat-soluble form of vitamin C known as ascorbyl palmitate, which is mixed with lipids to form a cream. This vitamin C cream also contains hyaluronic acid, which helps the penetration of vitamin C and hydrates the skin, and does not need to be preceded by a low pH cleanser to work effectively.

Jan Marini C ESTA Cream is an ideal hyperpigmentation cream for dry, sensitive skin, such as in rosacea, as it does not sting - it is similar to the pH of your skin while most hyperpigmentation serums come in a much lower pH. 

This vitamin c serum is good for rosacea skin types, therefore, as the hyperpigmentation cream is mild enough to use every day without exacerbating rosacea, but effectively tackling dark spots on the skin.

The Best Dark Spot Remover for Black Skin

An increase in melanin causes dark spots on the skin, usually as a result of inflammation from sun exposure, rosacea, or even using the wrong type of skin care products. In black skin, it is essential not to use skin lightening products over the entire face, but just on the dark spots - otherwise your entire skin tone will be lightened.

It is best to apply skin lightening products for black skin using a Q-tip very carefully, to treat only the dark spot and avoid a halo effect.

The best dark spot remover for black skin is SkinCeuticals C + AHA. This vitamin C serum contains 15% l-ascorbic acid and 10% alpha hydroxy acids to exfoliate the skin and improve the appearance of dark spots on the skin. The addition of the alpha hydroxy acids, glycolic acid and lactic acid, further help to improve the skin’s radiance.  

The Best Vitamin C Serum To Treat Dark Spots On The Face From Acne

Acne is a form of inflammation, and inflammation can turn on melanocytes to make melanin-causing dark spots on the face after acne.  

This is most common in brown skin and black skin, but can happen with any skin color. Picking pimples and not wearing sunscreen make dark spots on the face from acne more likely, but using a daily vitamin C serum can both decrease inflammation and prevent dark spots after pimples. 

SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF is ideal for dark spots on the face that are caused by acne inflammation, as it is non-comedogenic. This vitamin C serum contains 2% phloretin, an antioxidant and skin lightener that protects the skin from further damage and inflammation. In addition 10% l-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and 0.5% ferulic acid help to improve uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation.

The Best Natural Skin Lightening Serum

Unfortunately, there are no good, organic skin lightening serums, but the next best, natural skin care product is ClarityRx Let There Be Light Powerful Lightening Serum.

As mentioned above, this natural skin lightening serum contains alpha arbutin and hyaluronic acid to lighten and hydrate the skin. In addition, it contains phenoxyethanol, which is found in green tea, and ethylhexylglycerin, a natural preservative derived from glycerin - a highly moisturizing substance.

The Best Skin Procedures To Treat Dark Spots on the Face

Skin care is usually the first line of treatment for dark spots on the face, and while there are a number of highly effective vitamin C serums and hyperpigmentation creams available, sometimes a dermatologist physician office treatment may be necessary.

Lasers, light, chemical peels, mesotherapy with tranexamic acid, and microneedling have all been used to treat dark spots on the face, but sometimes they can actually worsen melasma. 

We recommend trying a personalized skin care routine for your skin type for at least 16 weeks before having a cosmetic procedure to treat melasma. If the dark spots are sun spots or postinflammatory hyperpigmentation, then lasers, chemical peels, and microneedling might be a good choice. 

It is vital to coordinate these cosmetic procedures to treat dark spots with a STS approved medical provider.


Dark spots on the face, whether caused by melasma, sun spots, or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, can be tricky to get rid of and can really impact on confidence. However, there are a number of excellent hyperpigmentation creams and serums available to reduce their appearance and even out skin tone.

The only way to be confident you are using proven skin care products that are best to treat your dark spots on the face,  is to know your Baumann Skin Type®. Once you know your Baumann Skin type, we can recommend a personalized skin care routine targeted to all the barriers to skin health.

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