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REVIEW: “SPOT ERASER AMPOULE” BY ECOM

The perfect ampoule to fade off dark spots and hyper-pigmentation in 6 months.

Written By: Thy From “It’s Thy Time”

Fading dark spots has been a legendary tale that not many people with patience or a busy schedule have the luxury to experience. Unless you find money on trees or have spare money to burn, it is not an easy process for the average person. We depend solely on skincare products to deliver their word and we just have to pray with heavy doses of wishful thinking that the serum, ampoule or active will fade the sun mistakes we had made. 

There have been many claims by a vast sea of brands that will fade the dark sunspots, freckles and hyper-pigmentation but rarely do they tell you the time at which you will visibly see results. Hence, it leaves you with months of uncertainty that you just don’t have the time or the finances for.

Understanding Spots and Hyper-pigmentation

The term hyper-pigmentation is used to define the condition of the skin that becomes darker over time due to either internal and/or external factors. The nature of hyper-pigmentation is primarily dependent on the following factors:

  1. An individual’s lifestyle
  2. Genetics and hormones
  3. Exposure to the sun
  4. Age
  5. Use of specific ingredients and cosmetics

Due to the nature of the different spots and hyperpigmentation that reside in the facial area, they can be categorised into two groups:

  1. Genetically or Hormonally produced
    • Melasma
    • Periorbital Hyperpigmentation
    • Hori Naevi 
  1. Externally produced
    • Sunspots
    • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) – also known as acne scars.
    • Maturational Dyschromia

(There are other types but these are the predominant ones created on the facial skin.)

Here is a diagram showing all the different types of facial hyperpigmentation and spots.

different forms and kinds of hyperpigmentation

My Personal Experience

For as long as I can remember, I had always had hyperpigmentation that resided on the areas of my face where it is most exposed to the sun. And I only have myself to blame. As I grew up, these freckles, sunspots and PIH drastically affected my self-esteem and the way my skin looked. They grew darker and more prominent and started to show through even with some high-coverage foundations. I would say the condition of my skin is normal on most days but it doesn’t look like it. The freckles and PIH that resides around my eyes and cheeks made me look older and more tired than I feel and that was not okay. Two years ago, I ventured to find the solution to get rid of these spots living on my face rent-free!

 A few things I learnt along the way while trying to find the miracle product:

  • Doesn’t matter what products I used (high-end or drugstore), consistency is the first and most important rule of getting rid of my facial hyper-pigmentation.
  • Without pairing the product with a reliable sunscreen, you might as well have kissed the sun with your face.
  • Knowing when and how to use the product is key to enjoying the process. Why do something you hate every day? I know I wouldn’t.
  • Patience is a virtue. It truly is when you want to get rid of the stubborn hyper-pigmentation off your face.

On my first official try, I tried the Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop. It contains all the right ingredients such as Pure Vitamin C Essence, Centella Asiatica Extracts, Yuzu Extracts and Grapefruits Extracts. The combination of these was meant to brighten and improve the skin tone while also fading away sunspots and PIH. Though I saw results within the first 6 months, I hated the consistency. On its own, it didn’t settle into the skin and laid as an oily layer which made me uncomfortable. Due to this, I gradually dropped it off my skincare regime and I was back to square one. 

by ecom spot eraser ampoule

During that time and to our present, I had never found anything else like it until now! The Spot Eraser Ampoule was the long-awaited answer to my skincare prayers. From the simple and cute packaging to the powerful formulation in rich vitamins, minerals and acids, it was everything that I wanted in a product that would fade my hyperpigmentation. Unlike the Dear Klairs Vitamin Drop, it is undetectable on the skin once absorbed. It requires little to no maintenance and delivers an ample amount of skin benefits after the first application.

Main Ingredients

Six main ingredients helped to fade and improve my skin tone. They included:

  1. Niacinamide
    • Responsible for the brightening and reduced dullness of your skin tone
  2. Vitamin Complex
    • Provides nourishment and nutrition to the skin
  3. Citrus Madurensis Fruit Extracts (Kumquat Extracts)
    • Reduces dullness and the appearance of skin exhaustion while also increasing skin elasticity
  4. Combination of Fruit Extracts
    • Includes orange, lemon, lime, Kakadu plum, green tangerine, grapefruit and more to increase skin vitality
  5. Tranexamic Acid
    • Improves the skin texture making it smoother and clearer
  6. Brightnol
    • In addition to brightening and bringing life to the skin

Here is the full ingredients list:

Citrus Japonica Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Propanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Water/ Aqua/ Eau, Niacinamide, Glycereth-26, Pentylene Glycol, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Saccharum Officinarum [Sugarcane] Extract, Citrus Paradisi [Grapefruit] Fruit Extract, Citrus Tangerina [Tangerine] Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia [Lime] Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus [Bilberry] Fruit/Leaf Extract, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis [Orange] Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon [Lemon] Fruit Extract, Terminalia Ferdinandiana [Kakadu plum] Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum [Sugar Maple] Extract, Betaine, Tromethamine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol, Tranexamic Acid, Tocopherol, Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Bisabolol, Arginine, 4-Butylresorcinol, Dextrin, Lecithin, Biotin, Cyanocobalamin, Folic Acid, Pantothenic Acid, Pyridoxine, Thiamine HCl, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA.

Claims

The Spot Eraser Ampoule promises to show visible results in just 4 weeks. This instantly made me sceptical and yet extremely keen to see for myself. It claims to:

  1. Reduce and remove spots, freckles and hyperpigmentation.
  2. Be moisturising yet fast-absorbing.
  3. Revitalize the skin to reduce the look of tiredness and dullness.
  4. Reduce the appearance of dark pigmentation left by PIH.
  5. Create a illuminating effect over time allowing the skin to look more youthful.

Texture and Consistency

  • Lightweight and watery (has a slightly higher viscosity than water)

  • Not sticky, nor greasy and absorbed quickly into the skin (taking only a minute or two)

  • Does not oxidise and change colour like most other Vitamin C serums

  • Able to be mixed with other products easily without any separation or pilling.

  • Can easily be layered without any worries or discomfort.

The Undeniable Results

Here is a breakdown of my skincare experience with the ampoule for 6 months applied once in the morning and once at night:

Day 1

After the first application, it felt extremely moisturizing and hydrating. It settled into the skin relatively quickly. There was no stickiness as it was distributed across the face. I tried to avoid the sun as much as possible during the whole process.

At night, I reapplied the same amount after cleansing and toning the skin. There was not much difference to be expected.

Week 1

Paired with my daily sunscreen and moisturiser for the daytime, I noticed my skin was less red throughout the day. I usually get slight redness on my cheeks and my nose by midday. There was still no other signs of any visible difference to my skin, in terms of change in pigmentation, other than my skin was looking more radiant.

I honestly was starting to lose hope though I was determined to give it a hot crack and last at the very least till the end of the month.

1ST Month

Just missing a few days of use, I had noticed the darkest freckles and PIH on my cheeks had slightly faded. There were signs of them lightening. There was no appearance or signs of new dark sunspots appearing and my skin to have slightly illuminated as well. I had concentrated the ampoule on my cheeks and my forehead since it is the most exposed to the sun.

I could visibly see the improvement the Spot Eraser Ampoule was providing my skin. These were key signs that the ampoule was doing its job. This made me even more determined to keep going.

2nd Month

The improvements to my skin weren’t noticeable compared to the first month but I noticed that my skin continued to look brighter and more radiant. My mother had even commented that I looked like I had enough beauty sleep to bring back a few years to the face. This excited me beyond belief!

4th Month

Fast forward to the 4th month, the lightest freckles and PIH had drastically improved, and I could barely see it on my face. As an added precaution, I had to avoid the sun as much as possible. From walking in the shade to reducing my daytime outings, I wanted to see if I could improve the outcomes even further and this also helped a lot.

6th Month (present-day)

By using four drops on the face consistently in the morning and at night, you could say I was living proof that this ampoule did exactly what it promised. I saw my freckles and PIH spots fade more than they did before. The texture and appearance of my skin had also dramatically improved. I look more radiant and less tired.

All my mistakes from scratching or popping a pimple to walking out the house without applying sunscreen seemed like something of the past. I still have some darker freckles and sunspots that are still on my skin and a lot of my hyper-pigmentation from old scars yet to heal and fade. But I know this comes with time.

Here are the results picture-proof from day 1 to the present day:

BY ECOM SPOT ERASER AMPOULE BEFORE AND AFTER RESULTS

Image 1: (Left to right, top to bottom) - Day 1, Week 1, Month 1, Month 3, Month 4 and Month 6

Overall Thoughts

Initially, I was extremely sceptical. Ecom is founded by a social media influencer, a beauty editor and a cosmetic professional and none of which are specialists or dermatologists. But I was greatly proven wrong. They are a South-Korean cruelty-free brand that keeps skincare simple but effective creating my holy-grail ampoule – the Spot Eraser.

Must I say more, the By Ecom Spot Eraser Ampoule is a must-have if you want brighter and more radiant skin, while having a friend to help you fade away the sun mistakes. You can definitely say goodbye to PIH, freckles and sunspots in just 6 months if you have less prominent hyperpigmentation than I did. Don’t get me wrong, I love my freckles but I didn’t like how dark they became as I got older. My ultimate aim was to reduce its appearance on the skin while maintaining the health of my skin.

I adore and love everything about this ampoule. From the easy, simple application to the packaging, there is nothing hard about it besides the worthwhile waiting. All I have to say is “trust the process”. There is nothing more frustrating than wasting your hard-earned money and precious time on a product that did not do what it had promised. With the power of Vitamin C and Niacinamide, I am utterly impressed with my overall experience.

Which skin type is it best used for?

Everyone.

It is gentle for those with sensitive skin and effective for those with troubled skin as well. I have been using this with my partner who has acne-prone oily skin which is conversely different to my skin type which is dehydrated/combination skin.

Of course, if you want to be completely sure, please consult with your dermatologist to see if this ampoule is right for you. Everyone’s skin is different, so always patch-test on the side of your neck before committing anything to your skincare routine.

How to Use

You should apply 2-4 drops of this right after your toner and just before any other serum twice a day for the best results. But if you are using other actives or other ingredients, you would best use it in the morning. You must make sure to allow the product to absorb into the skin before applying anything else.

If you want the best results, you cannot skip wearing sunscreen. Otherwise, any product will not work. I learnt this the hard way. Sunscreen helps to prevent any more damage to the skin while the ampoule helps to improve the appearance of your skin while fading the old hyperpigmentation. It’s an endless cycle that your wallet won’t appreciate.

Precaution:

Because there is a great amount of both Vitamin C and Niacinamide, you must avoid applying the following ingredients in the same routine:

  • AHAs/BHAs
  • Retinol
  • Benzoyl Peroxide

If you happen to use the above ingredients in your routine, use the ampoule at the opposite time of the day.

Where to purchase the Spot Eraser Ampoule?

Glass Angel Skincare is an Australian online retailer that is exceptional in offering and delivering high-quality products. They do their work and try the products before they sell them to their customers. They have put the time and effort to source out products for all skin types and are incredible at what they do. From top-notch customer service to quick delivery, you don’t have to look further.

Visit their website: https://glassangelskincare.com/products/by-ecom-spot-eraser-ampoule to grab this product now! Use my discount code “itsthytime” to get 10% off your total purchase for all customers.