July 16, 2012


Why Is Everybody Talking About Dark Spots?

It seems as though everywhere you turn you see a television commercial or magazine article about skin care products designed to fade age spots and brighten skin tone. In fact, if you believed the media, you’d think that age spots and sun damage were an entirely new skin care concern that didn’t exist before this year. The truth is that age spots and sun spots have been skin care concerns for decades. Long before every beauty publication was talking about fading age spots, sun spots and even post-acne marks for a clear complexion, Murad developed Environmental Shield® skin care products specifically to address not just age spots but also the other damage that daily exposure can cause to skin.

Causes and Treatments for Dark Spots On Your SKinHow Do Dark Spots on Your Skin Form?
The first thing that you need to understand is how dark spots form on your skin. There are two different types of dark spots that you may want to fade from your complexion. The first are age spots or sun spots. These are spots that form over time as a result of damage that accumulates from exposure to UV rays. The UV rays eventually do so much damage to the melanocytes, the cells that produce melanin, the skin’s own UV protective pigment, that these cells begin to produce pigment more randomly. When that happens, dark spots form on the surface of your skin. These spots typically form on your face, chest, arms and the backs of your hands (areas where you’re exposed to high amounts of UV radiation). The second type of dark spot that may be showing up on your complexion is a post-acne mark. These are areas of hyper-pigmentation that are left after an acne blemish heals. Unlike acne scars, a post-acne mark won’t change the texture of your complexion. It will only leave a darkened spot. No matter which type of dark spot on your skin you’d like to fade, Murad has skin care solutions to give you a clear, even complexion.

Related Product: Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum
Patented, scientifically proven formula combines the most powerful skin lightening ingredient at the highest level available without a prescription with a targeted skin-brightening blend to correct unwanted discoloration and protect against future damage.

Customer Review
“I absolutely love this product. I had a few age spots that I was very self conscious about. I spent thousands of dollars on expensive prescription creams and laser treatments with not much satisfaction. Since I started using this product 6 months ago, the spots have almost disappeared. Thank you!” firefox, Denver, CO

Effective Approach  to Fading Dark Spots on Your Skin
To rapidly fade age spots, sun spots or even post-acne marks you need to find a multi-active skin treatment product that actively fades spots and discourages new spots from forming while  increasing your skin’s cell turnover.  This approach gives you control over new spots and helps the the darkened, hyper-pigmented skin move to the surface more quickly where it can be exfoliated. All elements of your skin care regimen can work together to effectively and rapidly fade any dark spots that appear on your skin.

Step One: Fading Dark Spots on Your Skin
Whether you have age spots and sun spots or post-acne marks, Hydroquinone is the most powerful skin lightener available without a prescription, and it’s the active ingredient in both Murad Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel and  Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum. Both products also contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) to increase the speed of cell turnover and to allow the Hydroquinone to penetrate more deeply. The dual-combination formulas not only fade darkspots but also accelerate the exfoliation process so that you see lighter, clearer skin more quickly.

How to Fade Dark SpotsRelated Product: Murad Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel
“Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel quickly clears skin of post-acne pigment spots with a triple-action formula. Hydroquinone, the strongest skin lightening agent available without a prescription, fades unwanted pigmentation.”

Customer Review
“I love this product!! Not only does it [diminish]  old acne scars and eliminate future scarring, but it heals existing blemishes faster than just using the exfoliating gel. I put this on each evening before bed and I am amazed at how good my skin looks. Some days, I even forget that I have acne!!” WilliesMom, Post Falls, ID

Step Two: Increase Cell Turnover and the Appearance of Unmarked Skin
The AHAs in Murad Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel and Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum, are part of these formulas because they increase cell turnover and the appearance of newer, healthier, clearer skin, but they are just part of the solution to hyperpigmentation.  Your overall skin care routine is an important way to get more from your treatments and to minimize the appearance of dark spots and other skin imperfections. From a gentle solution such as Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser to a more aggressive solution such as Murad Intensive Resurfacing Peel, if you’re skin care goal is to minimize and fade darkened spots on your skin, be sure to incorporate an exfoliating skin care product into your regimen.

Home Chemical PeelRelated Product: Murad Intensive Resurfacing Peel
Brightening and smoothing effects similar to a chemical peel are enhanced by gentle Bamboo Bead microdermabrasion. Debris and exhausted cells are swept away to reveal youthful-looking skin while Glycolic and Salicylic Acids stimulate cell proliferation.

Customer Review

“I’m loving this product– use it 2-3x/week and my skin always has a wonderful glow afterward. There isn’t a lot of the uncomfortable tightening and my skin doesn’t feel dry or dehydrated when I’m done. I recommend this product to anyone hoping to clean away what a long busy week leaves behind.” AC45, New Jersey

Bonus Tip: Minimize and Prevent Age Spots, Sun Spots and Post-Acne Marks
There are also many steps that you can take that will help prevent age spots, sun spots and even post-acne marks from forming. Naturally, proper sun protection is a key factor to preventing age spots and sun spots. Build on that good base by using antioxidant skin care products, as well as eating a healthy skin diet that’s rich in antioxidants, to take a two pronged approach to neutralizing the free radicals that damage skin cells and ultimately lead to the development of age and sun spots. For post-acne marks, resisting the urge to pick or pop blemishes is the most effective way to prevent post-acne marks from forming.

Clear skin that’s free of dark spots isn’t a skin care concern that has just surfaced this year! Murad has been helping customers to transform their skin into fresh, healthy, mark-free, spot-free skin for years. Learn more about age spots and sun spots at the Murad Anti-Aging Treatment & Resource Center.  You can also learn more about post-acne marks at the Murad Acne Treatment & Resource Center.

Related Content

Facts About Dark Spots and Age Spots

Environmental Shield Sun Damage Skin Care

Fade Sun Spots and Dark Spots

Fade Post-Acne Marks and Scars


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