The ingredient you didn’t think of to treat these symptoms: aloe vera.
A common misconception is that aloe vera is useful not only for relieving sunburn, but in fact it has countless additional benefits – dark spot treatment is one of them.
Aloe vera contains a natural compound called allosin which has the ability to brighten which can help speed up the fading process. In one study, aloe vera was applied to the skin four times a day for two weeks. Allosin was found to be effective in that study with post-acne hyperpigmentation fading.
In another report, topical application of aloe vera has been shown to directly inhibit hyperpigmented skin from producing more melanin — hyperpigmentation means your skin produces more melanin, so it is important to protect pigment-producing cells from becoming overly active.
This ability to inhibit melanin production in hyperpigmented skin is especially important when it comes to treating sunburn. As you know, SPF is the key to preventing sun damage in the first place, but using aloe vera can help prevent sunburn spots from turning black and fading them with repeated use.
It’s not just sun damage that can cause black spots on the skin – body spots and pregnant hair can also cause hyperpigmentation. Dark spots on the face can be easy to spot-treat, but finding a single point of the product in a hard-to-reach place like the back is not so easy.