“Does Mederma work on dark spots?”
If you have hyperpigmentation, you might be wondering if Mederma can help. After all, this popular scar gel is advertised to work on “many types of scars”.
What’s the harm, right?
Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that Mederma will get rid of your dark spots.
It’s just not designed for it. Mederma is intended to treat raised scars like keloids and hypertrophic scars.
In my experience with Mederma, it did help a little with scar discoloration. But the improvement was very subtle.
The major difference was in skin texture. After 3 months of consistent use, Mederma significantly softened my keloids scars and made them feel like normal skin again!
In this post, I’ll explain why Mederma isn’t great for dark spots and provide some alternative options. Read on!
Mederma for Hyperpigmentation
- Limited clinical research
- Side effects include irritation, itchiness, and skin redness
- Results require patience
Does Mederma Work On Dark Spots?
The short answer is no.
Dark spots are created when our body produces excess melanin. This pigment gives our skin its color and shields us from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Examples of dark spots include age spots, melasma, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (caused by acne).
Mederma, however, is not designed for dark spots. It does not reduce melanin levels so it cannot influence the appearance of hyperpigmented skin.
What Mederma is good at, however, is making raised scars like keloids and hypertrophic scars feel softer and more like normal skin. It may also partially reduce scar discoloration (red/purple color).
The key ingredient in Mederma is Cepalin (onion extract). Studies show that onion extract can reduce collagen levels, which helps soften scars and prevent new ones from forming.
So What Helps With Dark Spots?
Here are some excellent options for dealing with dark spots:
(1) Vitamin C Serums
Vitamin C is an incredible ingredient for healthy skin and is clinically proven to brighten your complexion.
Research shows that vitamin C can inhibit overactive melanin production. This helps restore normal skin color over time and erase those pesky dark spots!
We’ve published a full buyer’s guide on vitamin C serums for hyperpigmentation.
(2) Skin Lightening Creams
There are many creams that claim to fix uneven skin tone. Look for products with clinical research behind them, like retinol, niacinamide, kojic acid, and azelaic acid.
We’ve covered these ingredients and more in our full guide on skin lightening creams.
(3) Chemical Peels
Last but not least, chemical peels like glycolic acid and salicylic acid can also help with dark spots. Peels increase cell turnover and exfoliate dead skin cells, removing damaged and hyperpigmented skin.
This reveals brighter and more radiant looking skin with regular use!
For more details, see our guide on chemical peels for hyperpigmentation.