5 Skin Secrets to Removing Dark Spots from Acne Fast

Dark Spots Caused by Acne

Step away from the mirror and stop picking at your skin. If you are like me, sometimes this is easier said than done. Unfortunately, we are doing more harm than good when we pick at the skin imperfections on our face and body. We are damaging our skin and setting the stage for unwanted dark spots and scarring. Already have unwanted dark spots or acne scars? Have no fear! The team at MintPear has the remedy to have your skin looking great in no time with our five skin secrets to removing dark spots from acne.

Secret #1: Prevent Acne in the First Place

Yes, an overproduction of oil in the T-zone causes acne, but there might be things you are doing that are causing more. We already discussed keeping our hands off our faces, but when was the last time you washed your makeup brush? Makeup brushes lock in oil, bacteria, and old product when not cleaned weekly. In addition, dirty makeup brushes transfer the dirt and grime to your skin; yuck! Watch Rita, MintPears’s Skincare Expert and Master Esthetician, show you how to clean your makeup brushes.

Lowering our stress levels, eating a clean diet, and balancing our hormones are all ways to help prevent adult acne. Follow our step-by-step guide to preventing adult acne for clearer skin.

Secret #2: Treat Acne and Dark Spots at the Same Time

Many people make a mistake and only focus on treating dark spots, but it is essential to understand that a remedy for acne also needs attention. Sure, you can start lathering every cream on the market trying to eliminate that dark spot on your forehead, but the patch of acne left untreated on your cheek will need a dark spot remedy soon. Certain products containing Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid, and Retinol target acne and dark spots simultaneously, making them your skin’s champion.

Secret #3: Select the Right OTC Products

You can begin to make a difference in your skin’s appearance in just a few weeks with the help of a few over-the-counter ingredients we will explore below.


Rosehip Seed Oil has powerful healing properties as it is an excellent source of Vitamin A. In addition, it helps to rejuvenate and repair skin and is known as “Nature’s Retin A.” Rosehip reduces dark spots, scars, age spots, and hyperpigmentation.

Aloe Vera

Many health benefits surround Aloe Vera, including reducing dark spots and healing wounds. Although dark spots will not be removed entirely, a noticeable difference can be seen after months of applying aloe twice a day.

Vitamin C

Applying vitamin C to your skin has been shown to hamper melasma production and acne, which stops the formation of dark spots leaving your skin brighter and more even. MintPear’s Vitamin C Serum also prevents acne and helps heal acne scars. Check out our complete guide to vitamin c serums!

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is found in many acne products. This acid works as an exfoliator that will destroy acne-causing bacteria while also removing dead skin cells.


Retinol is a lightening agent that reduces the appearance of dark spots by increasing cell turnover and reducing the production of melasma.

Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl Peroxide is an over-the-counter topical antibiotic for acne, but many stronger versions are available by prescription. It reduces dark spots, acne, and acne scars.

Secret #4: Enlist the Professionals

Incorporating professional skincare treatments can really maximize your efforts in removing dark spots and scarring. These professionals not only have the training but also have access to higher-grade products and technology. Let’s look at a few treatments you might want to start including in your skincare regimen.

Laser Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing does just that. With the help of a high-powered laser, hyperpigmentation spots can be targeted and removed in only a few laser resurfacing treatments. Dependent upon the type of laser used and the office you select, laser resurfacing costs on average between $1,200-$2,200.


Costing around $100 per session, microdermabrasion removes the top layers of skin using an exfoliating instrument. This instrument gently exfoliates your skin using either microparticles or a diamond-tipped wand. The wand also has suction that removes the exfoliated skin cells.

Chemical Peels

Using a chemical solution, the top layers of skin are removed during a chemical peel. The solution’s strength can be adjusted depending on your skin type and how well your skin tolerates the treatment. Redness, swelling, and peeling of your skin are often associated with the healing process of a chemical peel. A deep chemical peel can take months to fully heal compared to a medium peel that takes approximately 14-days. Although the recovery time can be intimidating, the deeper the peel, the more drastic results are visible. A deeper peel might not be an option for those with sensitive skin. Peels cost, on average, about $700.

Secret #5: Have a Dynamite Skincare Routine

If you are interested in slowing the signs of aging, then a skincare routine is a must. Combining the right products for your skin in the correct order will help the dark spots left behind from acne to fade and eventually disappear over time. Not sure how to create the proper daily skincare routine for you? Let Rita explain how to build the best skincare routine.


Do dark spots from pimples go away?

Luckily most dark spots from pimples do eventually go away entirely or at least fade in time.

How can I get rid of pimples and dark spots naturally?

Cleansing your skin regularly will help decrease acne, along with applying vitamin c, aloe, rosehip oil, or buttermilk to your face can naturally fade dark spots.

How do you get rid of dark spots on your face fast?

Unfortunately, dark spots won’t vanish overnight, but consistently using dark spot removing ingredients, along with professional skincare treatments, can have your skin looking brighter in just a matter of weeks.

The Bottom Line

With a bit of effort, it is possible to remove dark spots left behind from pimples and uncover brighter, more radiant skin. Unfortunately, when using any products that reduce dark spots they also make your skin more susceptible to sunlight. This means sunscreen must play an integral part in your morning skincare routine to prevent new sun damage. Good luck!

Katie Pierson

Katie is a freelance writer and marketer with a passion for the health and wellness industry. She has been a certified health and fitness professional for almost twenty years. She currently holds ten certifications and looks forward to sharing her passion for health and wellness with you.

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