Dark Spot Experiment Progress

Because I’ve emptied the two Osmosis Skincare products that I was using for my dark spot fading experiment, I figured it was time for an update! I last posted an update six weeks into the experiment and at that time I was already seeing some very slight fading. Let’s jump right in and take a look at my super cool front-facing bathroom mug shots (click on any photo to see a larger version):

L: October 1, 2018 // R: December 31, 2018

Quick Recap

On October 1, 2018 I began using Osmosis Skincare Rescue Epidermal Repair Serum and Enlighten Pigment-Fading Serum twice a day. Rather than applying these products all over my face, I used them as spot treatments. I was VERY good about the twice daily use. I ran out of Rescue right at the beginning of December, and I emptied Enlighten on the morning of New Year’s Eve. So I had about a month of using Enlighten only.

Again, I took my update photos in the bathroom with the door closed to control for outside lighting changes. I do regret taking my “before” photos immediately after showering; my skin is always a little pink post-shower. So if my skin looks brighter overall in the “after” photos, it’s because I waited longer after showering to allow my skin to calm down from the hot water.

Left Side

The dark spots on the left side of my face are really quite stubborn. At the six week mark, I didn’t feel like there had been much change. However, I do feel like I’ve seen very slight fading after three months. The big splotch under my left cheekbone seems a hair lighter and so do the spots along the top of my cheekbone and up onto my temple.

L: October 1, 2018 // R: December 31, 2018
Right Side

After six weeks, the spots on the right side of my face seemed to have faded just a touch. But after twelve weeks total, I think these spots look about the same as they did at the six week mark.

L: October 1, 2018 // R: December 31, 2018
Overall Thoughts + A New Serum

Though I haven’t seen dramatic results after my experiment, I’m still pretty happy that my spots appear to have faded slightly. I’m sure consistent application helped. I might buy Osmosis products again in the future, but for now I want to try something different. The SkincareAddiction Reddit recommends Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum as being effective for dark spot fading, so I decided to buy it. The serum costs $33.99 at Whole Foods, but I had a $25 gift card so I used that and only ended up spending $8.99 on it! Pro tip: the serum is $27.19 on Amazon as of the time I published this post.

I’ve never tried this brand before but I always eye it at Whole Foods. The Instagram skin care community seems to love Mad Hippie. I’ll continue my experiment using this serum twice daily; I began doing so the morning of New Year’s Day. I’ll update again here so you can see if this serum is effective for me!

Have you ever conducted your own skin care experiment?