I love getting reader questions. This one literally just came in today:
“Ok, I have a beauty question and you, of course, are the person to turn to. I have discolorations on my face!! They aren’t a cute smattering of freckles, they are weird shaped blobs of pigmentation. I’m not sure if it’s because I am getting older, or because of some of the funky meds I have to take. Regardless, I want them gone! I’ve got some between my temple and the corner of my eye along the cheek bone, and right in the middle of my forehead. I use bare minerals powder foundation and it covers for awhile.
But, is there anything I can do to make them go away. Or cover them better?” – Nicole, Georgetown, KY
I would insert a whole “Out, out, damn spot!” joke here, but dark spots and discoloration are a really prominent issue. There are plenty of reasons why this happens, but most of the time what you’re probably seeing is sun damage from years ago that’s just now risen to the surface. So, you know all those days of fun in the sun wearing SPF 4 to get the “savage tan” of yesteryear? The damage from that shake and bake is what you’re most likely seeing now.
The answer is you have to attack them from underneath so they go away and cover them while they’re disappearing.
Break up the melanin causing the discoloration – The best way to get this done is to use a dark spot and discoloration serum that’s specifically designed to get down in there and break the melanin clusters up.
If you want them to go away and prevent new ones from forming (because, you know, sun damage from the next generation of sunning has yet to rise to the surface), then I’d go for something stronger that breaks the melanin up from underneath and keeps it from forming. The best serums to accomplish this – in my opinion – are Kiehl’s Since 1851 Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution and Skinceuticals Advanced Pigment Regulator. Make the investment and break them up from underneath as well as on the surface. You’ll thank yourself later. Also, do me a favor: follow the instructions TO THE LETTER and use it RELIGIOUSLY. You have to keep up with it to see results. Every day, twice a day.
Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen – You HAVE to wear sunscreen and reapply it often to keep hyperpigmentation from getting worse. SPF 25 or higher, apply it every single time you leave the house.
Coverage while you’re recovering – While you’re breaking the spots up from underneath, you’ll want to hide the spots from the top. This is where you pull a little fan dance with concealer in all the right places. For my money, the two best products to accomplish this are Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer and Cargo OneBase +, which can be used as foundation AND concealer.
The trick with concealer: put it on FIRST before you apply foundation. You’ll give yourself a more flawless glow AND you’ll use less foundation. Win win!
Also, I’m not a fan of powder foundation or mineral makeup. There, I said it. I feel cleansed. I think as you get older, you have to mask imperfections, and dry powder is not kind to your complexion. Think wet rather than dry and try a foundation that literally leaves your skin better than it found it. I’d recommend Make Up For Ever Face and Body Liquid Makeup or go the custom route and try Prescriptives Custom Blend. Super hydrating and kind enough to use on even sensitive skin.
Hope this helps! Got a question I can answer? Ask me! Love to help!