12/04/2012 11:16 am ET Updated Dec 04, 2012

Erase Dark Spots With These Four Simple Skin Care Tips (VIDEO)

I've showed up to the office over the past two weeks either completely bare-faced or just wearing a swipe of lipstick. And no, it's not because my stance on makeup drastically changed after "The Naked Face Project." It's all in an extreme effort to get rid of dark spots. I did all the right things prior to getting these unsightly blemishes on my face, including not popping pimples and removing scabs. So I'm willing to try just about anything.

In the video above, BellaSugar beauty reporter Kirbie Johnson shows us a four-step regimen to remove dark spots and prevent them from popping up on your skin. Removing dead skin cells with an exfoliating cleanser or face cleansing brush a few days a week is the first step. Then, to protect your now-hypersensitive skin from light and UV rays (as well as block future blemishes), always wear sunscreen. A key step in the process that I kept screwing up: Before bed, apply a dark spot corrector as this is prime time for skin cell regeneration, allowing the products to work better. Then be sure to treat yourself to a brightening face mask with illuminating ingredients like vitamin C and papaya at least once a week.

Do you suffer from hyperpigmentation? What methods have you used successfully to fade dark spots? Tell us in the comments section.

Meanwhile, find out how to eat your way to better and less dry skin.

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