Dr. Ryan's Mailbag: I'm Wearing SPF But Still getting Dark Spots, What Do I Do? Plus More...

May 18, 2023
Dr. Ryan's Mailbag: I'm Wearing SPF But Still getting Dark Spots, What Do I Do? Plus More...


Hello and Welcome to another Mailbag Friday! My name is Dr. Ryan Shelton and every Friday I answer two questions from customers who need my professional advice to help them create the complexion of their dreams! This week we have two really amazing questions, so I hope you’re ready! My first question comes from Giselle in Davie, Florida.

Q: Hi Dr. Ryan! I’ve been wearing my SPF every day but I have a dark patch on my cheek that just won’t go away. How do I get rid of it?

Woman looking at skin in the mirror

A: Hi Giselle! I’m really glad to hear that you’re wearing your SPF every day. It really is so important to help keep your skin protected from the sun’s harmful rays! That being said, if you’re still having trouble with your dark patch, you probably need to kick it up a notch in your skincare routine. Let me tell you how…

While wearing SPF every day is essential to help preserve your complexion, it’s not always enough to help prevent dark spots and patches.

That’s because the sun isn’t the only thing that can cause these spots!

They can be caused by many things, including genetics.

My professional advice to you is to start using a Dark Spot Corrector like the one in my store. Not only will it help you lighten the area you’re worried about, but it’ll also help prevent other dark patches from showing up.

It may take a while for you to see the results you want, but after about 30 days you should notice the area becoming less and less noticeable.

On top of using a Dark Spot Corrector, you can also try using a cleanser that has gentle exfoliating properties.

Exfoliating the skin is a great way to make your complexion as a whole brighter and more radiant, so something like my Lavender Oil Cleanser will help to create that glow and lighten your dark patch!

If there’s one more piece of advice I can give you it’s to take pictures of your skin before you start these treatments and take another one 30 days later.

Both of these products take time to work, but they really do make a difference.

The last thing you want is to stop using a product that’s working for you just because you don’t notice the difference, so taking these photos will make sure you’re able to see the difference in your skin.

Good luck, Giselle!

My next question comes from Edna in McKinney, Texas.

Q: Hi Dr. Ryan. I use waterproof mascara but sometimes it’s really difficult to remove and I don’t want to be too rough around my eye area. Do you have any suggestions?

foaming cleanser

A: Hi Edna! Waterproof mascara is great for long days when you need your makeup to last, especially in the summer when things get a little sweaty. However, it can definitely be tough to remove, and you’re right to be concerned about being rough around your eye area! Let’s talk about some possible solutions to your dilemma…

The eye area in general is a very delicate part of your face. The skin here is very thin and fragile, so too much pulling and rubbing could lead to some wrinkles and crow's feet showing up later in life.

When it comes to removing stubborn makeup, most people think the trick is to rub and rub until the makeup comes off, but that’s not a very good idea.

In fact, it comes down to your makeup remover and your technique!

As far as the makeup remover goes, anything that gives you a nice foamy lather like my Lavender Oil Cleanser does is going to be absolutely perfect.

Having said that, some foaming cleansers can be a little rough on the skin so make sure your cleanser is going to help nourish your complexion rather than strip it dry!

As for the technique, I like to recommend using a cotton pad or damp washcloth that you don’t mind getting mascara on to help this process.

First, get your hands wet and squeeze some of the Lavender Oil Cleanser into your palm and work it into a lather.

Once you’ve got a nice bit of foam, apply it to your cotton pad or damp washcloth and let that rest on your eyelashes for about 20 seconds.

After that time is up, you can wipe away the cleanser and rinse your lashes well.

By allowing the Lavender Oil Cleanser to sit on your eyelashes for a bit, you’re allowing it to work its magic and break down your mascara so it’s much easier to wipe off!

As long as you’re careful to rinse your face well before opening your eyes again, I have no doubt you’ll find that this method makes your makeup-removing routine a breeze!

Take care, Edna!