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The Best Dark Spot Correctors That Actually Work

Bright, even skin is just around the corner.

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I give my skin credit for treating me nicely most of the time, but if there was one thing I would complain about it's dark spots. Small dots of hyperpigmentation are the bane of my existence, and finding a treatment has proven to be very difficult. In my case, these spots are the aftermath of the occasional pimple that I mutilate, which has its revenge by sccarring, becoming dark and never truly going away. There are actually several causes of dark spots that explain why they appear on the skin. Perhaps the most common is sun damage, which, after a prolonged period, can cause hyperpigmentation as a guilty reminder that time you didn't wear SPF. Hormonal changes, irritation, and certain diseases can also churn out these marks.

If they annoy you as much as they annoy me, odds are you've done a bit of research to determine the best way to get rid of them. While pricey dermatologist-conducted treatments can yield good results, there are also some effective at-home products you can use to minimize and reduce the appearance dark spots. Enter: dark spot correctors. We've compiled a master-list with options for all skin types and tones. So goodbye dark spots, hello clean and even skin.

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The Dark Spot Interrupter
Even Better Clinical Radical Dark Spot Corrector + Interrupter
Clinique nordstrom.com

This "interrupter" works in two ways: First, it works hard to heal dark spots with brightening ingredients. Secondly, it shields the skin from future marks from appearing. Be sure to wear SPF while donning this product, which you should be doing anyway. 

The Brightening Serum
Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution
Kiehl's Since 1851 nordstrom.com

With vitamin C, birch and peony extract, this treatment will help brighten uneven skin tones overtime. It can be applied on the entire face as an all-over brightening serum, or in specific areas as a spot treatment.

The Exfoliating Spot Corrector
Clearly Brighter Dark Spot Corrector
Garnier SkinActive ulta.com

Using the help of vitamin C and E, and a gentle exfoliating acid, this spot corrector exfoliates while promoting healthy, spot-free skin. It's gentle enough to be used twice a day, with SPF. 

The Organic Oil Blend
Mary Louise Miracle Serum
Mary Louise mymarylouise.com

This serum definitely warrants its name. Though currently sold out, it can be pre-ordered so you don't miss your chance to try it out. This blend of organic oils has churned out some of the most hope-inducing before-and-after images you've likely ever seen.

The Defensive SPF
Dark Spot Sun Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare dermstore.com

This SPF-filled product not only protects your skin from fun, which can worsen dark spots, but also contains key ingredients that will heal the marks already occupying your face. With vitamin C, glycolic acid and healing peptides, you can enjoy the sun without worrying about impending dark spots.

The Dark Spot Stickers
Dark Spot Brightening Dots
Peace Out sephora.com

These dark spot stickers are chock-full of brightening ingredients that, when used twice a week for two weeks, noticeably reduce the appearance of those unsightly marks. Simply stick on, go to sleep or about your day, and peel off for brighter skin. 

The Gentle Brightener
Bright Biotic™ Dark Spot Minimizing Serum
Dr. Brandt dermstore.com
$44.00 (20% off)

This face serum utilizes fruit enzymes to create even skin tones while targeting and minimizing dark spots. It can be used twice a day all over the face for gentle yet effective brightening.

The Vitamin C Spot Corrector
Rapid Tone Repair Dark Spot Corrector
Neutrogena ulta.com

With a high concentration of vitamin C—an ingredient praised for its ability to brighten and repair discoloration—this spot corrector works hard to eliminate dark spots. This product works fast, so you can see clear, even skin ASAP.

The Organic Treatment
Bright Skin Targeted Dark Spot Treatment
Éminence Organic Skin Care dermstore.com

This product uses only natural and organic ingredients to gently treat dark spots and hyperpigmentation. It can be used twice a day all over the face for an overall glow-boost.

The Acne-Scar Saver
AGE Bright Spot Fader
Dermalogica sephora.com

For acne-sufferers who tend to see the lingering ghosts of a pimple on their faces, this product works in two stages. Not only does it help fade dark marks leftover from a breakout, but it also helps treat acne as it's occurring.

The Glow-Inducing Mask
FLASHMUD™ Brightening Treatment Mask
GLAMGLOW sephora.com

With a powerhouse of ingredients, this mask works to brighten uneven skin tones, treat uneven textures, and as a bonus, tightens the skin for a more youthful appearance.

The Spot Treatment Cream
Potent-C™ Vitamin C Targeted Spot Brightener
Peter Thomas Roth sephora.com

This product should be used as a spot treatment on dark marks caused by aging and sun damage. It can be used twice a day with sunscreen to heal existing spots and prevent the worsening of developing marks.

The Lifting Treatment
Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Ultra Dark Spot Correcting Cream SPF 30
Lancôme sephora.com

This SPF-infused moisturizer has anti-aging properties that also corrects dark spots. For women who are concerned about fine lines, loss of firmness, and aging spots, this is the cream for you.

The Nighttime Refresher
Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum
Estée Lauder nordstrom.com

Short-term, this night serum refreshes the look of dull skin. Long-term, dark spots, redness, and uneven areas are treated for a smooth and even complexion.

The Defensive Serum
Discoloration Defense
SkinCeuticals dermstore.com

This serum, which targets discoloration, can be used on both the face and neck to treat dark spots. Packed with kojic acid and vitamin B3, this product is gentle enough for sensitive skin to use daily.

The Algae Gel Peel
Blue Algae Vitamin C™ Dark Spot Correcting Peel
Algenist sephora.com

This gel peel smooths uneven textures while the vitamin C treats dark spots. This algae-infused product is also vegan and works hard to combat signs of aging and dark spots. 

The Texture Corrector
Resist Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion
Paula's Choice nordstrom.com

This lotion utilizes AHA acids to not only lighten dark marks, but also soften and hydrate uneven skin textures. For dehydrated skin that suffers from hyperpigmentation, this product is a hero for both.

The All-Over Solution
Dark Spot Fix
Verso dermstore.com
$95.00 (37% off)

For people who develop dark spots on the face, body and hands, this all-over product has a powerful dose of retinol 8 to treat these marks from head to toe.

The Age-Spot Serum
Rapid Age Spot Correcting Serum
Murad nordstrom.com

This powerful serum minimizes signs of age spots and hyperpigmentation. Its ingredients not only even out the skin tone overall, but also lighten areas that have been heavily affected by dark spots.

The Hyperpigmentation Reducer
Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
The Ordinary sephora.com

Alpha arbutin and hyaluronic acid work together in this concentrated serum to reduce hyperpigmentation. For those with dry skin, hyaluronic acid also helps retain moisture for a brightened, hydrated appearance and feel.

The Edible Mask
Lucuma Bright Instant Exfoliating Superfood Face Mask
GOLDE nordstrom.com

This mask contains superfoods with natural doses of vitamin C, like lucuma, papaya, and sea-buckthorn berry. Simply mix with water to create a face mask that brightens and exfoliates. Everything in this mask is completely edible, so you know it's safe for your skin. 

The Anti-Acne Serum
Advanced Dark Spot Correcting Serum
Proactiv sephora.com

For those who suffer from chronic acne and have been left with post-inflammatory scars that are worsened by sun damage, this serum is for you. Not only does it work to heal dark spots, but it is also an anti-acne product to keep existing breakouts at bay.

The Overnight Worker
Overnight Glow Dark Spot Sleeping Cream
REN Clean Skincare dermstore.com

This night cream uses the natural powers of algae to lighten dark spots. It's incredibly hydrating, which helps smooth rough skin patches and provide an ultra glowy morning dew look.

The Effective Toner
Glow2OH™ Dark Spot Toner
OLEHENRIKSEN sephora.com

Glycolic acid and lactic acid treats fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, uneven textures, and, of course, dark spots. This toner should be applied as the first step in your routine followed by serum and moisturizer. In just a week, you can look forward to seeing your dark spots fade.  


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