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Morena skin is fabulous, but it’s also prone to dark spots. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), medium to dark skin tones are most vulnerable to hyperpigmentation. Dark spots occur when something triggers the body to produce more melanin cells as a response to damage. Sometimes, this results in a “tan.” Other times, it results in dark patches that don’t quite match the rest of the skin. Check out these skincare tips on how to remove dark spots on your face, plus ways to prevent them in the first place.

Use Hydrating and Brightening Products

You can get dark spots after pimples or other skin conditions have cleared — if this is the case, consider it a good thing! Dark spots are more tolerable than zits and itchy skin, after all. Try products with and to help fade scars and even out your skin tone. These ingredients hydrate the skin, help boost healthy cell renewal, and brighten dark spots. They usually come in cleansers, toners, moisturizers, and serums.

Use a double-action product like POND'S UV Bright Sunscreen, which protects the skin from UV rays while brightening dark spots with niacinamide and Gluta-boost technology. It and gradually evens out the skin tone. You can also try a spot-correcting cream if you want a more targeted approach.

Exfoliate with Acids

Given that you don’t have any wounds or broken skin, feel free to use acids to aid your skin in the exfoliation process. Consult your dermatologist on the best acid to use for your skin condition and skin type. Commonly used exfoliators include retinoids, vitamin C, salicylic acid, lactic acid, and glycolic acid. Protect your skin from UV rays if you’re using , which can make it more sensitive to the sun.

Protect Your Skin from Insect Bites

Dark spot removal can be tricky, so it's really easier to prevent them. If you’re prone to dark spots and scars, do your best to avoid anything that can trigger them, including insect bites. If an insect bite gets infected, it’s more likely to darken and develop into a scar. The key is getting to know your skin and its reaction to various stressors. If you’re going outdoors, apply insect repellent to protect your skin. If you’ve already been bitten, apply a soothing balm to calm the itching and swelling. And don’t scratch!

Avoid Sun Exposure and Wear SPF

One of the best skincare tips dealing with dark spots as well as preventing them is to wear sunscreen and avoid prolonged exposure to UV rays. Staying out under the sun won’t even out your skin into a nice tan. Sun exposure can permanently darken a scar since it interferes with the healing process and inflicts further damage to the skin. The AAD recommends applying sunscreen on areas that aren’t covered by clothing. Use one with SPF 30 or higher and offers broad-spectrum protection. 

It's a good idea to use brightening lotion with SPF daily. Apply Vaseline Healthy Bright SPF24 PA++ Sun + Pollution Protection Body Lotion all over your body right after showering. This hardworking formula hydrates the skin, locks in moisture, and protects you from UV rays. Don't worry, this Vaseline lotion with SPF also continues to brighten the skin even under the sun.

Follow these skincare tips to prevent and deal with dark spots. They may look daunting and impossible to get rid of, but with the right products, discipline, and lots of patience, you’ll eventually achieve the even-toned skin of your dreams.