Review: Peace Out® Dark Spots

Using microneedling technology, Peace Out® Dark Spots creates micro-channels within the skin that help deliver results in half the time of other treatments. Niacinamide, Licorice Extract, and Tranexamic Acid work together to visibly lighten and brighten without causing irritation.

Peace Out Skincare

Dealing with some severe hyper-pigmentation after some bouts with acne, I picked up Peace Out® Dark Spots in hopes it would make do on its promise to lighten the marks my pimples left behind (all signs of acne, even mild inflammation, scars on me unfortunately — hence the interest in skincare in the first place). Coming in at about $28-$30 for 12 micro needling patches, it’s a good thing that the packets has no notable ingredient cons, because that’s a high price for such a small amount of patches. The recommended use is twice a week, meaning, if you have three spots of hyper-pigmentation, this pack will last your 4 weeks (6 weeks for 2, so on, so forth). However, one would hope the spots accelerate the process more than that.

First off, the application: simple once you get the hang of it. The micro needling does puncture the skin slightly when applied, but nothing remarkable or painful. If anything, a bit more grip would be welcome. I was frustrated when I noticed one had mysteriously fallen off halfway through my evening, especially considering how pricey each patch was. With this in mind, I would recommend applying these after brushing one’s teeth and right before bed–you don’t want to make a lot of sudden mouth movements, as that may slide the patches out of place (so do your eating, talking, etc. before application). I will say though, after the first day of usage, I saw results. Following applications revealed less than exemplary performance, but the difference in my hyper-pigmentation was still noticeable when recorded over time.

Ingredient Pros and Cons

Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Cellulose Gum, Glycerin, Trehalose, Niacinamide, Propanediol, Arbutin, Tranexamic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale Root Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Water 

Significant Pros

  • Sodium Hyaluronate (hydrating, humectant)
  • Glycerin (hydrating)
  • Trehalose (moisturizing)
  • Niacinamide (brightening, anti-acne, and moisturizing)
  • Propanediol (moisturizing)
  • Arbutin (moisturizing, addresses hyper-pigmentation calming)
  • Tranexamic Acid (healing) <-super unique and very cool, btw
  • Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (skin protecting, soothing, humectant and emollient)
  • Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract (soothing)
  • Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract (acne-fighting, brightening)

Significant Cons

  • Nothing, tbh

The Takeaway

It works, but man at what a cost. I’ve purchased this pack twice, and I’m hoping I won’t feel desperate enough to go back to it again. Overall, I stand by prevention and using soothing products to calm the skin before acne arises, but sometimes acne does happen, and this does help in making the process of eliminating its remnants more palatable. I guess what I’m trying to say is: I like the product but I’m not happy about it, haha. If you can afford to, certainly go ahead and give these patches a try.

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