Best Skincare Products Fight Pigmentation

How I’m Fighting Post-Blemish Pigmentation

My little anti-pigmentation arsenal

Where did all the Dalmatians go?

I don’t know if it’s just here in Italy, but I remember there used to be a lot around when I was younger, while these days I hardly see any. I guess the influence of the 101 Dalmatians has died down…

I used to love that Disney movie as a kid. It was my second favorite after The Sword in The Stone (Archimedes, anyone?), third after The Emperor’s New Groove came out.

In case you’re wondering, no, this post is not about Disney. It’s just that sometimes I have the attention span and imagination of a 3-year-old (well, we all know that zero doesn’t count…) and get lost easily in my own thoughts.

Anyways, there’s a valid (!) reason why I started thinking about the 101 Dalmatians. This was my train of thought:

‘Today I’m gonna talk about the products I use to fight the dark spots pimples leave behind… because dark spots don’t look good… I mean, unless you’re a Dalmatian… Dalmatians… How cute! …But where did all the Dalmatians go? …’

Yeah, so, here we are… Let’s focus on hyperpigmentation.

Thank god I’ve never had severe acne, but since my early twenties I’ve always had at least one pimple on my face. The main problem with that is that, while a zit goes away in a matter of days, the mark it leaves behind usually lasts for months and months. Which means that, besides having at least one pimple somewhere on my face or neck at all times, I also have many dark spots left behind by its predecessors.

How nice. (Not.)

So, a few months ago, I decided that I wanted to do something about it, and gathered a little arsenal to attack dark marks from all angles and make sure they go away faster than they usually do.

Check it out!

Alpha-H Liquid Gold & Pixi Glow Tonic (Glycolic Acid)

ALpha-H Liquid Gold Pixi Glow Tonic Fight PigmentationGlycolic acid helps fade dark spots by exfoliating away the top layer of dead skin cells. I started using Alpha-H Liquid Gold over six months ago, and although I think it did improve my skin (I feel like it’s helped with pigmentation and I also get less spots than I used to), I really don’t like that alcohol is its second ingredient after water, so I don’t think I’m going to repurchase it – unless my skin gets much worse after I stop using it.

At the moment, I’m using it once a week, while every other night I use Pixi Glow Tonic, which contains 5% glycolic acid, but feels much gentler on the skin.

OSKIA Renaissance Brightlight Intensive Pigmentation & Dark Spot Serum

OSKIA Renaissance Brightlight Intensive Pigmentation & Dark Spot SerumThe OSKIA Renaissance Brightlight Intensive Pigmentation & Dark Spot Serum is packed with pigmentation-fighting ingredients that either inhibit melanin production (vitamin C, niacinamide, glutathione, arbutin, vitamin E, swiss cress liposomes, MSM, and zinc glycinate), or exfoliate surface melanin and dead skin cells (passion fruit and grape AHA’s, and pumpkin and papaya enzymes).

I’ve been using it for over two months and my skin definitely looks better than before (I’ve also been using retinol, though, but we’ll get to that in a minute).

My only complaint is that sometimes, when I layer it with other products, it rolls off the skin. It doesn’t always happen, but I still have to figure out what the products it doesn’t agree with are.

I really like this serum, but considering how expensive it is ($95.30 on BeautyBay), that shouldn’t happen, I think.

SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 Refining Night Treatment

SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 Fight PigmentationAlthough I don’t think any skincare product can work miracles on its own, if I had to choose among these the one that I think has been the most beneficial to my skin, I’d pick the SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 Refining Night Treatment.

It contains 0.3% retinol, which, besides contributing to fade pigmentation, is said to help with acne (as well as fine lines), thus preventing new dark marks (less zits= less dark spots). I’ve been using it for a couple of months, and so far it feels like it’s really worked.

Always Use High SPF!

Even though I don’t have any sun-induced dark spots, I think all the products I mentioned should work for that type of hyperpigmentation as well. Anyways, whether you have sun spots or post-blemish marks, remember to use high SPF every day to prevent any further damage and protect your skin, which is made even more sensitive to sunlight by retinol and acids.

Does your complexion resemble the coat of a Dalmatian dog? What products do you use to fight dark spots? And what’s your favorite Disney movie?

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  • Reply
    June 27, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    I don’t have spots but I do have scars unfortunately…


    Tamara –

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    June 28, 2016 at 3:07 am

    I’ll have to check these out. I have such horrible scars. I tried the Pixi before and have been meaning to pick it up again.

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      Carol in a
      June 29, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      Hi Lupe,
      Pixi’s Glow Tonic is really nice, isn’t it?

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    June 28, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    I’ve heard so many amazing this about this brand – Just wish I could get my hands on it too

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

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    June 28, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    OMG YES, this is the perfect post for me, every time I get a blemish, it scars and then I’m left with hyperpigmentation so I’m alwaysss looking for products to help with this. I’m trying out a new vitamin C serum atm and have really been loving the results so far but it’s early days. Cosrx AHA BHA toner also is fantastic for using before actives, it makes them work so much better for me


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      Carol in a
      June 29, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Hi Jennifer,
      I don’t think I have access to Cosrx, but it sounds like an interesting product.

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    June 29, 2016 at 11:04 am

    You know that I am a Dalmatian dog by skin, and that I rely on pretty similar products. The Oskia serum is sitting in my cabinet, waiting to go into the rotation, and I am pretty excited to give it a go.
    Oh, and “The sword in the stone” was my favorite disney!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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      Carol in a
      June 29, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      Yep, sister from another mother! 😉

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    Shireen L. Platt
    June 29, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    I have a few spots on my face currently no thanks to a terrible breakout last month, it happens once or twice a year when it’s that time of the month and the dark spots take forever to fade. I am using Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol Booster which I use 2-3 times a week either on its own or mixed with a serum/facial oil. And I’m also using Palmer’s Facial oil which has retinol in it.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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      Carol in a
      June 29, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      I’m thinking of getting Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol Booster once I finish the SkinCeuticals!

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        June 29, 2016 at 6:26 pm

        I have been using the Skinceuticals .5 for many years and found it more effective than the Paula’s Choice, although I’d recommend her 2% beta lotion or liquid for getting rid of blemishes and dark spots. Her vitamin c serum is a good choice too!

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    June 29, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    My attention keeps wandering too lol Even on my face the marks are left for a long time. Recently came across a natural oily thats working. Loved reading the post.
    hard to pick a fav when it comes to Disney 😀

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      Carol in a
      June 29, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      Thank you for stopping by, Swathi!

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    Sangeeta G
    June 29, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    I have a lot of post acne pigmentation as well and they stay for such a long time. I recently started using Pixi Glow Tonic and I see that my face is starting to look brighter and clearer with regular use.

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    June 30, 2016 at 1:05 am

    I’ve sort of fallen off the bandwagon and haven’t been using AHA regularly. This was just the reminder I needed to get it back into my skincare routine lol. Thanks Carol 😉 Have you tried using it before other products to see if everything will stay on if you switch up the order?

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    June 30, 2016 at 2:10 am

    I started getting acne on my chin area about a year and a half ago, so I’m also battling acne scars now… The worst is when they’re not only red/dark, but also shallow :/
    I’ve also added vitamin C, AHA, BHA and retinol to my routine, and I think they all help, but I’m not seeing miracles. Unfortunately… I may consider microdermabrasion if my acne ever completely clears up!


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    The Sunday Mode
    June 30, 2016 at 6:02 am

    I actually loved the story about the Dalmatians, I completely was following that train of thought! I have the Pixi Glow tonic but haven’t used it yet, now I’m really excited to though.

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    Bernadette Angelie Pangilinan
    June 30, 2016 at 8:10 am

    I have heard so many great things about the Pixi Glowtonic Toner 🙂

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    June 30, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Ah, I wish this post was around 3 years ago after I had suffered from acne! haha 🙂 I had fairly bad marks leftover, though thankfully they’ve pretty much all gone now. I’ve actually heard good things about SkinCeuticals, so glad it’s been good for your skin 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

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    July 1, 2016 at 5:38 am

    I don’t really use anything to fight the spots my acne leaves behind. All these products sound amazing but for some reason things like this sting my skin really bad. Sometimes I’ve even had to go wash my face right away because it stings so bad. I guess my skin just doesn’t agree with these things.

    Totally didn’t know that Italy had a lot of dalmatians, wow!

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    July 1, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Now you said it, I haven’t seen dalmatians around for a long time. I wonder what happened to them. Before I didn’t have any spot/dark marks and a few months ago, due to stress I played with a spot and ended up leaving mark, I am trying to get rid of it (not easy). I am using Korean acid treatment when my skin get bad and it really helps, but some products don’t work well with it.

    Ela BellaWorld

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    July 1, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    I have the dark spots so found this really helpful thank you. Also you have raised a fair point here about dalmatians as I haven’t seen one for years either! Have a lovely weekend. Gemma x

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    Face to Curls
    July 1, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    I have heard so many great things about the Pixi Glowtonic Toner and I can’t wait to get my hand on it. Really helpful post!

    Ann-Marie |

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    Nora Gouma
    July 1, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Love this amazing blog, interesting post the items look great, thank you for sharing!!!


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    Andreea Birsan
    July 2, 2016 at 12:52 am

    Your post was really helpful! Thanks for sharing! x

    Have a nice weekend,

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    July 2, 2016 at 5:13 am

    Carol, thanks for such an informative and helpful post! To be honest, I never had the pigmentation problem, but I have a couple of girlfriends who do. I will definitely share your article with them. Thanks again and have a great weekend!


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    July 8, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Love the informative brief review :*
    Great post 🙂

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    Sonali Patil
    July 25, 2016 at 11:21 am

    I can totally relate to the one pimple, many marks left behind situation. Mine is a similar one. But lately even I have used a skin lightening facepack and all the marks have tined down a bit. Loved reading your post 🙂

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    November 4, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    I discovered you over on makeupandbeautyblog and have had so much fun finding your personal site! Thanks for this very informative post.

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      Carol in a
      November 4, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      Hi KayN, welcome! I’m glad you’re having fun only blog! 🙂

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