dark spots begone flawless skin is achievable

Dark Spots Begone! Flawless Skin Is Achievable!


Photo Credits: Maria Victoria Heredia Reyes

We can’t control our features, but we do have some control over the health and condition of our skin. Healthy skin begins with a balanced diet, plenty of water, and an effective skin care regime. But what happens when mother nature throws a couple of genetic wrenches at you? You know like dark spots due to hyperpigmentation? This skin condition is common with African Americans such as myself. And what about ingrown hairs? I mean women aren’t supposed to have hairs on their faces besides maybe their side burns and eyebrows! WRONG! I’m going to fess up to a few stray strands in less than appealing places, but I won’t let them detract from my beauty! No way! There are ways for us (and it’s more women than you think) women and men with skin challenges to deal and OVERCOME!  So if you suffer from dark marks associated with acne, ingrown hairs (folliculitis), freckles, etc, read on for ways to cope.


I’d first like to preface this with a statement that I am not a doctor, esthetician, or a dermatologist. Just a simple Texas girl who likes to do tons of research on how to cure simple ailments through natural and safe topical methods. Of course I’d recommend speaking with a dermatologist for serious skin issues.

dark spots begone! Flawless skin is achievable

Photo Credits: Audrey Jackson

Okay, confessions time! I suffer from an often overlooked condition called Folliculitis. This is when hair follicles get infected and cause small inflamed pimples. I’ve gotten a few on my face before, as I have a few stray hairs and my sideburns can sometimes cause these little pimples to form. It’s embarrassing!


First of, if you suffer from stray hairs in the form of a mustache, thick side burns or anywhere else on your face that you’d rather not have hair, my #1 suggestion would be to DO NOT PLUCK THEM! That is unless you do not have issues with Hyperpigmentation.  This condition is most common in individuals with a darker complexion, but can result in pink scarring in fair skin individuals as well. When you pluck your hairs, it can cause damage at the root of the follicle, which then can lead to skin discoloration. Trust me, that’s how I got a few of my own scars.


If you must remove the hair yourself, I’d suggest using a depilatory cream such as Nair, or investing $10 in a facial hair trimmer. It’s small like a laser pointer and trims eyebrows, sideburns, or whatever facial hair needs trimming, and most important of all, it won’t damage your skin.

And don’t be embarrassed by your less than ladylike problem. God makes no mistakes and even celebrities suffer from these issues…


Not to put anyone on Blast or anything, but it’s a little nice to know that even the most beautiful women in Hollywood suffer from un-Hollywood like problems.

Products That Brighten Skin


There are several products that I’ve used and have seen positive results from. But before trying to lighten dark spots, commit to preventing them in the first place. That means either getting laser hair removal to permanently remove the hairs, or choosing a non-damaging method to remove hairs, i.e. depilatory creams, shaving.

1. The Power Peel by Ole Henrickson   – This product is a favorite because it’s all-natural and I love that it’s divided into three steps. It can be a bit intense, so if you have sensitive skin, this may not be the product for you.

2.  Alpha Beta Peel by Dr. Dennis Gross  – This has been a favorite for many years. When I use this product, I try to stay consistent and use it twice per week. I’ve seen my best result this way. If you absolutely love it, you can buy the bigger kit with 30 applications. It’s a better investment if you plan on using this product for the long haul.

3. Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector – When this product first came on the market, I knew I had to try it. I saw minimal results, and its kind of pricey so it isn’t my first choice.

4. Jan Marini Skin Care System – This system definitely worked as far as fading my dark spots. It is very pricey though. I recommend using this system after you have done laser hair removal. That way you’ll make purchasing the kit worth it. Trust me, the results are worth it.

*UPDATE 7/30/2017

dark spots begone flawless skinI finally decided to take the plunge and invest in laser hair removal. After years of dealing with ingrown hairs and dark spots as a result, I figured it was best to kill the source of the problem. If you are African American and are afraid of the negative side effects of laser treatments, I recommend you research med spas that use a ND YAG laser. This laser is safe for African Americans. I have not had any adverse effects, my treatments last 5 minutes or less, and my skin looks better than ever. I started noticing slower and thinner hair growth after the first treatment.


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  • Beauty Battle: How to get rid of Dark Spots… | MyBrownSparkles
    Posted at 18:22h, 02 February Reply

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  • thesouthasiangirl
    Posted at 03:23h, 20 February Reply

    So what is your face like now? Have the spots cleared?

    • MyBrownSparkles
      Posted at 03:37h, 20 February Reply

      Hello, and thank you for commenting. I am going to be honest and say that for me maintaining clear skin will be a lifelong journey. My skin is prone to hyper pigmentation so the smallest pimple could leave a scar for months. I will say though, that my skin looks the best it has ever looked. And, I will be featuring a new product review soon! I was chosen to represent NewBeauty magazine and test out one of the award winning products featured in their magazine. The product is amazing so far and I can’t wait to share my results.

      Do you battle with hyper pigmentation? And if so, what products have you used in the past, and did they work?

      • Destiny
        Posted at 16:20h, 21 February Reply


        I have dark spots on my chin and now under my neck. If I don’t pluck my hairs on my face. They turn into pimples. Then when I bust them. I have two or three hairs and one pimple. And when i get the hairs out. I pluck from the root. I don’t know what to do?! I need help.

        • Sakeenah Aleem
          Posted at 18:34h, 21 February Reply

          Hi Destiny, Thank you for reading. I know how uncomfortable it can be to have ingrown hairs. From what you are describing, I would set up an appointment with a dermatologist. There is a product called Clindamyacin that is a topical acne product. Ask about it, because it can help with the ingrown hairs. Then, once you get the pimples under control, I’d invest in laser hair removal. If you have a medium to dark complexion, you will need to make sure the medspa uses a laser that is safe for darker skin tones. I highly recommend shopping on groupon or living social
          For a good deal. Then, call the spa before purchasing the groupon. Destiny, I hope everything works out for you and once again, thank you for reading!

      • Nakia Favors-Coleman
        Posted at 15:37h, 22 April Reply

        Hi, I’m Nakia and I suffer from the chin/ neck hairs and hyper-pigmentation. I swear by Proactive repairing lotion. It is like skin crack for me. If they ever stopped selling it, it would likely be my demise :o!! I order it from ebay, as this is the cheapest route. You cant find it in stores. I DO NOT, I repeat, I DO NOT pluck anymore, and haven’t for at least 5 years. I wash my face, shave my hairs, then apply the repairing lotion by Proactiv daily. In all honestly, with this regimen, I have not had an in-grown hair. I have had very very short periods where I’ve run out of the product and I get an ingrown hair but never as complicated as they have been in the past. My hyperpigmentation is surely not resolved, but greatly improved. Now I’m looking for a product specifically to treat hyperpigmentation since I have my ingrown hairs under control.

        • Sakeenah Aleem
          Posted at 19:43h, 22 April Reply

          Congrats on your skin journey so far! Always recommend to STOP plucking because that is what causes the hyperpigmentation. I’ve had success using the Alpha Beta Peels by Dr. Dennis Gross. Also the Jan Marini line has a skin brightening property that helped fade my scars over time. Thank you for your comment, and goodluck! Sunday I’ll link back to the post with all my favorite skin healing products!

  • Camilla Johnson
    Posted at 15:53h, 12 August Reply

    Please let me know what you find out for i am definietly struggling as well as my daughters thanks

    • Sakeenah Aleem
      Posted at 17:51h, 12 August Reply

      Hi Camilla, in my post “The Products that Didn’t Work” I mentioned some products that I have found to help with fading my dark marks. Though they are not completely gone, They are considerably lighter. You should definitely check out the article and try one of the products mentioned. I am always trying to find new and safe ways to deal with this issue and I hope you and your daughter find something that works for your skin. Thank you for reading!

  • steven
    Posted at 00:11h, 23 October Reply

    Hey! I’ve gotten a dark spot right above my chin from tweezing hairs constantly, what would you recommend to heal the dark spot?

    • Sakeenah Aleem
      Posted at 01:20h, 23 October Reply

      Hi Steven, first off thanks for stopping by! Second, what ethnicity are you? The color of your skin helps me tremendously in recommending a product. I would suggest you stop the plucking immediately because it will only exacerbate the problem. And no amount of chemicals will make it go away if you continue like you are. I have seen significant results from using an entire skin care system with a peeling agent. I currently use the Jan Marini skin care system. But, because it can be a bit pricey and you only have one spot, I’d recommend doing a Dr.Dennis Gross Alpha Beta peel once to twice per week, along with NOY PLUCKING! Lol. It might take a while (few months) to see a signs any improvement or almost complete fading but it is most definitely worth it. I hope this helps!!

  • Jenny
    Posted at 10:50h, 25 October Reply

    Hi there

    I have hyper pigmentation on my legs from shaving and waxing in the past. Do you have any suggestions for products which I can use on the legs? Instead of facial products?


    • Sakeenah Aleem
      Posted at 17:49h, 25 October Reply

      Hi Jenny,
      Thank you for stopping by the blog! I have no personal experience with removing scar from legs other than letting them fade naturally. I would suggest the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta peel wipes for your legs. It’s made for your face but it would work the same for your legs. The acids help gently remove the top layer of skin and encourages the growth of new skin cells. It might take a while but I’m sure it would work. Also, I’d suggest stop shaving if it’s giving you marks. Move to a depilatory cream if your skin is not too sensitive, I hope this helps!

  • Raquel
    Posted at 10:23h, 11 November Reply

    Hi an African American woman and I’ve been having ingrown facial hair issues since I can remember. I couldn’t take it any more so I started to shave under my neck and chin area and now it’s a dark fade under my chin all the way down to the middle of my neck. I put makeup over it but it doesn’t seem to work. It’s embarrassing and I’m very self conscious about it. Can you give me some tips on how to get rid of it?

    • Sakeenah Aleem
      Posted at 13:44h, 11 November Reply

      Hi Raquel, Thank you for visiting! My number one suggestion would be to get laser hair removal. There are laser machines that are made for darker complexions and id research a med spa in your city or town that has a laser system that works on African American skin. Also, if you think that’s too expensive, look on groupon.com or living social for really good deals on laser treatments, and then contact those spas to see if they can perform the treatment on African American skin. Once you gotten rid of the hairs, you can then start focusing on fading the hyperpigmentation with at home facial peels and creams. I hope this helps!

  • The Prescription Your Dermatologist Has Been Hiding From You! | MyBrownSparklez
    Posted at 20:15h, 08 December Reply

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  • Nakia
    Posted at 15:52h, 22 April Reply

    replied earlier. Here is a before and after starting with Proactiv Repairing Lotion. https://goo.gl/photos/Tvo1B6q7HSBTbSnVA

    • Sakeenah Aleem
      Posted at 23:49h, 22 April Reply

      Wow it’s such a dramatic difference! I’ll have to share this with my readers! Thank you!

    • Sakeenah Aleem
      Posted at 00:33h, 26 April Reply

      Hi Nakie,

      Would you mind if I used the photos from your before and after to do a product suggestion for the repairing lotion? I think it would help a lot of people!

  • Sakeenah Aleem
    Posted at 00:32h, 26 April Reply


    Would you mind if I used your pictures to do a before and after product review for the Proactive repairing lotion? Please let me know!

  • Tiffany
    Posted at 15:00h, 04 June Reply

    hey my Tiffany ,and I have ingrown hair & waxing bumps dark spots under my chin .Been that way for years just got worse as I got older.I’m not to sure of using peel I need something that’s going to work fast .This problems has made me feel so low esteemed to put I stay in the house keep from ppl seeing my face.I’m a dark complexion so it’s noticeable and embarrassing .I’m been reading & Google everything about dark spots but I want to know what can I honestly use for my sensitive skin .There a Super Walmart near by can you tell me what cream can work for me.

    • Sakeenah Aleem
      Posted at 15:59h, 04 June Reply

      Hi Tiffany, have you tried any of the products I have mentioned on the blog? If you search dark spots on my blog you will see numerous articles featuring product reviews. Let me know!

  • Mashuda
    Posted at 22:29h, 06 June Reply

    Hi sakeenah. I think I’m the same, any small spot and I’m scarred for life. I’m due to go on holiday in 2 weeks and I’ve been using pfb chromobright for 3 months. It used to be so effective but I think they’ve changed the formula, now not so good. I have awful red shaving spots on my thighs which make me very self conscious, you have any ideas for a quick fix. It’s good to know us ladies aren’t alone in this battle.

    • Sakeenah Aleem
      Posted at 00:05h, 07 June Reply

      Masuda! Thank you so much for reaching out! I know how you feel, but remember it’s a process. You are doing alright! Stay tuned to the blog as I will be revealing more about my skin and products that work for me!

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