The One Product You Should NEVER Use Because It Causes Dark Spots

November 16, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
shefinds | beauty

Everyone knows that dark spots can be the result of excessive unprotected sun exposure, but not many are aware that they can also be caused by certain products. We did a little digging and found that there’s one product in particular that Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, says you should steer clear of because of its damaging effects to the skin–it’s gritty scrubs!

"They can be harsh on your skin," Dr. Zeichner tells Allure. "If you overuse them, they cause inflammation, and that increases melaninproduction—which makes existing spots worse and causes new ones."


Instead, it's recommended to use cleansers that contain glycolic acid, lactic acid, or salicylic acid as they are great for keeping pimples and eventual acne scars and hyperpigmentation at bay. Experts say it's best to cleanse twice a day to make sure that your skin is clean and your pores are clear--after all, clogged pores can lead to acne and hyperpigmentation!

Shop The Best Products For Dark Spots

Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask ($68) 

DRUNK ELEPHANT C-Tango™ Multivitamin Eye Cream ($64)

INDIE LEE Brightening Cleanser ($32)

KORRES Wild Rose Exfoliating Cleanser ($28)

OLEHENRIKSEN C-Rush™ Brightening Gel Crème ($44)

SUNDAY RILEY Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment ($158)


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Emily is SheFinds' resident beauty expert and pop culture enthusiast. In addition to covering the latest trends and developments in the beauty/skincare industry and reporting the latest on your favorite celebrities, Emily also contributes to SheFinds' fashion and weight loss/wellness sections. You can reach her at [email protected]

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