Still have dark spots after 3 months on a skin care routine? What to do now

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Dark spots on the skin can take a very long time to clear.  Most dark spots clear in 12 - 16 weeks, but in moderate to severe cases of melasma it can take longer.  

The problem is that skin lighteners with tyrosinase inhibitors stop working after 4 months so you need to take a 4 week holiday from them and restart them so they will work better.

This is why when you have melasma or dark spots that will not go away, you need to alternate between a Treatment Skin Care Routine and a Maintenance Skin Care Routine until the darks spots clear. 


How long it will take for the dark spots to completely clear will depend upon:

  • How deep in the dermis they are
  • How much light and heat you are exposed to
  • Your skin care routine

What to do if you have used your recommended skin care routine correctly and your dark spots are still visible?

Make sure you are following these tips on getting rid of melasma. 

Alternate your skin care routines as described here.

Replace your tyrosinase inhibitor product for another type of skin lightener for 4 weeks and then restart the tyrosinase inhibitor. We suggest:

  • Vitamin C
  • Niacinamide
  •  Cysteamine
  • Tranexamic acid  (talk to your doctor about taking this by mouth- it is prescription)

Use an exfoliator such as

Make sure your moisturizer is designed to make skin lightening products work better. Moisturizers with unsaturated fatty acids work best on dark spots.

Zerafite Skin Brightening Barrier Cream is our favorite moisturizer to use in a skin care routine to lighten dark spots because it has artemisia capillaris and unsaturated fatty acids. It was designed to make other skin lighteners in the skin care routine work better.  You can use this moisturizer in both your treatment and maintenance regimen because it does not contain tyrosinase inhibitors.


Make sure you are always choosing skin care products that are right for your Baumann Skin Type! Using the wrong products can lead to inflammation which worsens dark spots.


Dark spots on the skin can be frustrating. If you need to find a doctor or medical provider near you to help you with your dark spots, you can find one here.

You can also ask us for advice on social media.

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