23 Dark Spot Correctors That Actually Work

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23 Dark Spot Correctors That Actually Work
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I give my skin credit for treating me nicely most of the time, but if there's one thing I'd complain about, it'd be dark spots. (opens in new tab) Small dots of hyperpigmentation are the bane of my existence, and finding a dark spot treatment that works has proven...difficult, to say the least. In my case, these spots are the aftermath of the occasional pimple that I mutilate, which has its revenge by scarring, darkening, and never truly going away.

What causes dark spots?

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There are a number of other reasons you might have dark spots. Perhaps the most common is sun damage, which, after a prolonged period, can cause hyperpigmentation as a guilty reminder of that time (or times) you didn't wear SPF (opens in new tab). Hormonal changes, irritation, and certain diseases can also churn out these marks.

Can I get rid of dark spots?

Dark marks can be tough to prevent and even tougher to lift. While expensive dermatologist-conducted treatments can yield good results, there are also effective at-home products you can use to minimize and reduce the appearance dark spots. Enter: dark spot correctors. They contain highly concentrated ingredients that are designed to target and lift unwanted pigment with precision, and some have other complexion-boosting benefits. Here, we've compiled a master list of dark spot correctors with options for all skin types, tones, and occasions.