Detailed Guide on How to Treat Dark Spots on Legs(Fast!)

How to get rid of dark spots on Legs (Tretinoin 0.1%, Hydroquinone, and Chemical Peel)

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Hi folks,

Today I will be teaching you the best and the most effective way to get rid of those stubborn dark spots on your legs. Before I go any further, I want to remind you that it is totally up to you to decide how soon those spots–on your legs will fade. If you are consistent in using your products, then, you will certainly see results. It’s not about purchasing these recommended products; you have to take committed steps by in ensuring that you actually put these products to good use.

While the common practice  is to apply products/medications twice a day, there is no rigid rule that prevents you from going beyond that benchmark. I do remember at the peak of my desperation how I would apply a product more than 3 times a day even though most people suggested that the excess applications wouldn’t make any difference. What I’m saying in essence is that, you must be defiantly committed to using your product if you are to witness promising results.

Shortly we’ll be reviewing some product recommendations but first, let’s look at some facts about hydroquinone fact as well as dispel some myths.


Hydroquinone Facts and Dispelling Myths

  • Of all the age spot-brightening and  skin-lightening agents  available, the most effective is  4% Hydroquinone
  • It is safe to use Hydroquinone as long as it is not used with resorcinol or peroxide especially around the eyes also, as long as it is used interchangeably with other lightening agents( Example: Kojic acid, Alpha arbutin,..etc) used every 4 months.


  1.   Pretreatment Stage


Products: At the pre-treatment stage, the products used include Tretinoin 0.1%Hydroquinone and Sunscreen

Routine: Use Tretinoin 0.1%Hydroquinone twice daily, also, use sunscreen. The sunscreen should be used during the day to shield the skin  from dangerous sun rays because skin- lightening products make the skin more reactive  to sunlight. At night hours,  Tretinoin 0.1%Hydroquinone should be used.

2.  Post treatment stage (six weeks later)


Product:  Chemical Peel (medium or average strength)

The product used at this stage is a Chemical Peel which is of medium or average strength

Examples of chemical peels of medium strength are

TCA 35-70%: and Glycolic Acid 70%+ (non-buffered):

Routine: After six weeks of pre-treating with Tretinion and Hydroquinone you may go ahead and apply a chemical peel but you first have to stop use of Tretinion for about 3-5 days.

3.   Maintenance stage

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Product: The product used at the maintenance stage are Tretinoin, Hydroquinone and Kojic Acid

Topical retinoid maintenance therapy can also help keep up the skin rejuvenation results achieved with a chemical peel. It may be used alone on a daily basis.”

Routine: Therefore we return back to using hydroquinone and tretinoin twice a day and consider administering another chemical peel (this time a light peel) every 2-3 weeks.

At this point, you have to be aware of the fact that a good number of dermatologists usually recommend the usage of Hydroquinone in a four months cycle which can be interchanged with other tyrosinase inhibitors(skin lighteners) like Kojic acid, Arbutin and Azelaic acid. Personally, I will suggest  the Kojic Acid Powder (you can mix it into this base cream (See more links below). See also Cape fear natural kojic acid cream skin brightener it contains 4% of Kojic Acid which is obviously the most concentrated of any medication without prescription that is available in the U.S. market-as noted by (2015).


Reminder: For the first 4 months be hydroquinone and then switch to kojic acid, and then switch back to hydroquinone.

Final Note: It usually takes about 4-6 months of consistent and diligent implementation for dark spots to fade and up to 12 months for legs to return to it spotless state.

How to Apply Chemical Peel

The peeling agent (glycolic 70%)  is applied with a gauze pad or sponge evenly across the legs. Allow peel solution to remain for 10 minutes. Apply a second layer over the first, allow to remain on skin for 5-10 minutes(optional). Neutralize the glycolic peel with tap water.

After two minutes, 35% TCA peel should be applied with a gauze pad, allow solution to remain for 10 minutes (or according to skin tolerance), you may add a second layer if you feel only one is insufficient and then wash off.

Please see further directions for effective methods of using chemical peels of medium strength on your legs here:


Products mentioned

►Tretinoin gel 0.1%

► Over 4% hydroquinone

►Kojic Acid Powder

►Kojic Acid Cream by Cape Fear

►Alpha Arbutin

►TCA peel

►Glycolic peel

►Alternative to Hydroquinone

►Sunscreen: La Roche-Posay


★Want to Learn More Chemical Peel Application?


►Cosmetic Dermatology for Skin of Color 1st Edition
by Murad Alam,‎ Ashish Bhatia,‎ Roopal Kundu,‎ Simon Yoo,‎ Henry Chan
►Aesthetics and Cosmetic Surgery for Darker Skin Types by Pearl E. Grimes MD
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Disclaimer: All content on this channel is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute advice from your physician or other healthcare professionals.

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