Off late, the term ‘Spot Corrector’ is popping up more often in conversations than even the spots themselves. And everyone seems to know about it, use it and benefit from it. Dermatologists, cosmetologists, beauticians, women’s magazines, your girl gang and even your neighbor is talking about it. But really, what is a Spot Corrector?! And what does it actually do for you? Should you use one? Or not? Let’s get to the top of this…
Let’s start with the Basics…What is a SPOT?
Spots, often referred to as ‘Dark Spots’ are all too common. Medically termed as hyperpigmentation, they can appear as a result of acne, sun damage, or a rash, also known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Dark spots on our skin, also known as hyperpigmentation, occurs when some parts of the skin produce more than the usual amount of melanin. Melanin is a natural skin pigment which gives the eyes, skin, and hair their color. Dark Spots can also occur when dealing with melasma, which is common during pregnancy.
Dark Spots are most often seen on the parts of the body that are frequently exposed to the sun. Usually they are prominent on the face, shoulders, back and hands, although theoretically, it can also develop on any other part of the body. Spots vary in size and can range from light brown spots to dark brown ones. The color of the spot generally depends on the person’s skin tone. Spots are similar in texture to the person’s skin and do not cause any pain.
Medically, dark spots do not pose any risk or threat to our health, and do not require any treatment. However, people are usually more concerned with eliminating them for cosmetic reasons. After all, an even skin tone has always been the epitome of beauty. The term ‘flawless skin’ as a description of beauty was clearly coined recognizing that dark spots did take away from your visual appeal.
Common Causes of Dark Spots
Some knowledge on the most common causes of dark spots occurrence may help us avoid them better. Although many of the causes are not entirely within our control, we may be able to proactively avoid some of them.
- Hormonal Imbalance/Changes
- Wound Healing
- Sun Damage
- Skin Irritations
- Side Effects of Certain Medications
Dark Spots are most commonly caused owing to Hormonal Imbalance or changes in our hormone levels, which increases the production of bacteria that causes Acne. Acne is most commonly seen on teenage girls and young women and usually occurs on the face. And as if the development of acne isn’t bad enough, on exit, acne also leaves back prominent scars or marks on the face, both of which are the Dark Spots we’ve been talking about.
Now that we have all this knowledge about Dark Spots – what they are, why they occur, etc –this brings us to the question as to how to eliminate or reduce them. While we realize the occurrence of Dark Spots are not entirely within our control, we certainly prefer not to flaunt acne or acne scars! After all, most of us do crave that flawless skin.
There are various treatments for Dark Spot Correction, ranging from medical or chemical procedures like Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion and Laser Treatments to the usage of prescription and OTC skin lightening creams. Procedures are way more expensive and time consuming than creams, and more likely to cause side effects. Albeit the results are faster with procedures, the risks are certainly more. One would tend to avoid subjecting already troubled skin to harsh procedures.
In comes your soon to be BFF, Spot Correctors. So what is a spot corrector, how does it help, does it give results? Let’s demystify it. A Spot Corrector is a cream that is used for the topical treatment of active acne and reduction of post acne dark spots. The name ‘Spot Corrector’ itself suggests that it is a targeted treatment only for the Dark Spot, which is the active acne or the acne scar, and shouldn’t be used on the rest of the skin. Spot Correctors are a blend of active ingredients that work against the acne causing bacteria and also on the stubborn dark spots the acne leaves behind. Applying it on other parts of the skin may cause unnecessary skin irritation or rash. One must understand that the nature of a Spot Corrector is a targeted treatment and ensure it is used the right way.
How to Use a Spot Corrector
It’s best to integrate your Spot Corrector with your regular skincare routine and make it a part of it. Continue with your ‘Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize’ (CTM) skincare routine and then use the Spot Corrector to work on your blemishes. Spot Correctors are better suited for night time application, so you can apply it on your spot after CTM and leave it on overnight.
Also, it is good to bear in mind that it is best to apply Spot Correctors before applying any other serums or creams. After cleansing and toning, once your skin is clean, apply the Spot Corrector. This will make the Spot Corrector more effective. If you apply it after a thicker cream or oil, it may not reach deeper into your skin, and will not show results. Applying a thin layer of moisturizer prior to the Spot Corrector helps to reduce skin irritations, if any.
Another significant factor to keep in mind is to invest in a Spot Corrector which isn’t a cocktail of chemicals. These can cause skin reactions such as rashes, etc. Always look for a Spot Corrector made of natural/plant based ingredients. These can be applied on almost all skin types without worries about any adverse skin reactions.
Carmesi Acne Spot Corrector
Carmesi Acne Spot Corrector is safe to use on all skin types as it uses upto 85% natural ingredient and doesn’t have any harmful chemicals. It is made of 100% Plant-based Salicylic Acid and Shatavari. It is infused with powerful ingredients such Niacinamide, Zinc Sebum and Vitamin-C, that fight blemish-inducing bacteria along with lightning stubborn dark spots which acne leaves behind. The bottle is in a tube shape which allows targeted application only on the affected areas. Gently dab it on the spots only and leave overnight. And get the desired results with regular use.
Go ahead. Make a Spot Corrector a part of your skin routine, flaunt your flawless skin and glow even more as you bask in all the compliments. Here’s to healthy, happy skin!