How To Treat Dark Spots Using Glycolic Acid and Vitamin C

It’s Monday morning and you hop out of the shower and wipe the steam off the mirror. While applying your morning skincare routine you notice a small cluster of dark spots on your outer cheek. “Those weren’t there yesterday,” you think to yourself. But that’s how quickly it often happens.

Maybe you got a little too much sun over the weekend, or maybe your body is just going through some hormonal changes. No matter why they formed, dark spots are totally normal and treatable with the right combination of Glycolic Acid and Vitamin C. Don’t worry, we’re here to walk you through it.

Why Do Dark Spots Form?

Dark spots, also known as hyperpigmentation, are caused by the overproduction of melanin deposits in the skin. They are most commonly a result of sun exposure but can also be caused by:

  • Hormone changes. This is often called Melasma and occurs frequently in pregnancy but can also affect women going through other hormonal changes.
  • Inflammation. You may develop a dark spot from a healing wound, like a scrape or an acne breakout.
  • Skin irritation. This could be from a new skincare or makeup product that you’ve recently tried.

How Glycolic Acid and Vitamin C Work Together

Both Glycolic Acid and Vitamin C work to brighten excess pigmentation in the skin. Together, they are a powerhouse formula. Here’s how they work individually:


Glycolic Acid is an Alpha-Hydroxy Acid or AHA which is derived from sugar cane. It is known for improving overall skin tone and texture and achieves this by promoting quicker cell turnover. Essentially, what this means is that Glycolic Acid helps you shed older, dead skin cells and brings new, fresh skin forward. You’ll notice a difference in your skin brightness and texture after only a couple of days of using this AHA and advanced results with continued use. Glycolic Acid can be found in our PM Serum and works to improve your skin while you sleep.


Vitamin C is known as the brightening ingredient; it disrupts the excess production of melanin in the skin and helps to keep skin looking bright and balanced. In addition to its illuminating properties, Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and works against free radicals caused by sun damage and environmental aggressors. It really is a powerful ingredient; Vitamin C has also been known to increase collagen production and help skin maintain its firmness. We feature Vitamin C in our AM Serum to awaken and freshen skin in the morning.

How To Prevent Dark Spots

Create a Sunscreen Habit & Limit Sun Exposure

You’ve heard it 100 times, but there’s a reason why dermatologists and skin experts everywhere recommend sunscreen. Make a habit of applying broad-spectrum sunscreen every morning in your skincare routine and all over your body any time you are spending time in the sun. Try to avoid being in direct sunlight during the hours of 11:00 am and 4:00 pm, while the UV index is at its peak.


image: Vogue

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