Best Dark Spot Correctors of 2018 - The Dermatology Review

Best Dark Spot Correctors of 2018

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09.28.18 AD DISCLOSURE

As if it’s not enough to deal with wrinkles, dark spots are another factor of aging that can make us look older than our years. They often make a complexion look dull and mottled, robbing it of its radiance.

The Cause of Dark Spots

The main culprit in the battle against dark spots is tyrosinase, a key enzyme in the production of melanin. As you may already know, melanin is the pigment that gives our hair and skin its color and its role is to protect the skin. It is often heightened in the skin by tanning and general sun exposure. Though it’s necessary, too much melanin is basically what causes dark spots and discoloration on the face and body.

Dark spots can be a result of hyperpigmentation due to acne scarring, or a product of spending too much time in the sun. Other causes include hormonal issues, liver damage, genetics and various skin disorders.

Where Dark Spots Occur

Dark spots can occur anywhere on the body, though they’re mostly found on the cheeks, forehead and upper lip, or around the mouth. They can also appear on the neck, hands and legs. But keep in mind: dark spots can pretty much happen anywhere, especially areas of your body that are more often exposed to the sun.

Popular Ingredients in the Best Dark Spot Correctors 

Thank nature (and science!) for all of the ingredients available to halt or inhibit tyrosinase. Ingredients like hydroquinone, vitamin C, niacinamide and mulberry root all have the power to stop tyrosinase in its tracks. Other ingredients you’ll encounter on this list are exfoliators like glycolic acid and salicylic acid. Both of these acids work hard to “unglue” the skin cells that bind together and cause dullness. Once those offending cells are sloughed away, radiant, glowing and even-toned skin can emerge.

Let’s dive in and look at some of the best dark spot correctors on the market, all of which are full of effective and oftentimes very potent ingredients to give you back the youthful, even-toned, glowing complexion of your youth.

The Best Dark Spot Correctors

SkinMedica Lytera
Loaded with skin lightening ingredients, SkinMedica’s Lytera Skin Brightening Complex targets dark spots on the face and other areas with precision. The reason it works so well is because it’s got a large variety of dark spot lightening ingredients including tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (vitamin C), niacinamide (vitamin B3), ethyl linoleate, retinol (vitamin A), dunaliella salina extract, hexylresorcinol and licorice root extract. Rounding out the list are tetrapeptide-30 and 4-ethoxybenzaldehyde.

Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate is a very stable form of vitamin C. Vitamin C in general has been proven effective against dark spots in studies. Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate has also been studied, with findings that it improved overall signs of photoaging and stimulated collagen production. Niacinamide is in this formula because it helps to achieve a more even skin tone, as does ethyl linoleate, an essential fatty acid. Retinol helps with exfoliation, increasing cell turnover so that older cells can shed and new cells can replace them. Dunaliella salina extract is a colorless carotenoid (vitamin A derivative) extracted from algae that brightens the skin by neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals do significant damage to skin, degrading collagen and elastin, and harming skin barrier function. Hexylresorcinol and licorice root extract are both skin brighteners. Tetrapeptide-30 is a peptide that lightens dark spots by inhibiting the action of the enzyme tyrosinase, which assists in melanin production. Lastly, 4-ethoxybenzaldehyde allows for a more even skin tone to reduce the signs of blotchiness.

Vichy ProEven Daily Dark Spot Corrector


Dark spots, though harmless, can be embarrassing. They often mar a once even complexion, making it look dull and blotchy. Makeup can help, but it doesn’t always cover up all of the discoloration, and sometimes you want to go makeup free without worrying about the hyperpigmentation signs all over your face. But achieving the even-toned skin of your youth is possible with Vichy’s ProEven Daily Dark Spot Corrector. This formulation’s main ingredient is LHA, or lipohydroxy acid, which is a derivative of salicylic acid, a popular beta hydroxy acid used in many anti-acne medications. It works by exfoliating and removing surface layers of skin, allowing newer, healthier layers to emerge. It is quite effective at treating acne, and has also shown the ability to increase collagen and elastin in the dermis. Organic acids like LHA are often used as treatment for dark spots from acne. Another ingredient that can help remove dark spots is eperua falcata bark extract, which is an anti-inflammatory and a skin protecting agent. Inflammation causes redness and acne, which can lead to discoloration. This ingredient can potentially block this from happening. It has been shown to also improve elasticity, firmness and tone.

Clinique Dark Spot Corrector
Clinique’s Dark Spot Corrector contains a variety of plant extracts that combine to combat dark spots. Turmeric root, rice, mulberry root, cucumber, grapefruit peel, barley, birch and wheat form a powerful team that can effectively treat a variety of skin conditions as well. Mulberry root has been shown effective in skin whitening, while also having antioxidant properties that can help scavenge free radicals. Turmeric root, of which curcumin is an active component, has shown the ability to inhibit tyrosinase. Rice has also exhibited anti-melanogenic effects, essentially curbing melanin production to reduce the formation of dark spots and treat existing ones. Cucumber, which contains vitamin C, has shown the ability to inhibit tyrosinase as well. Grapefruit peel also contains high amounts of vitamin C, making it a promising ingredient in the fight against dark spots. Birch contains salicylic acid, an exfoliant that can encourage cell turnover. Barley contains azelaic acid, which inhibits tyrosinase. Wheat contains hydroquinone, a very powerful anti-pigmenting agent present in many dark spot reducing creams and available via prescription as well. With almost all of these plant extracts being able to inhibit the key enzyme in melanin production, it’s no wonder this cream works so well.

Murad Rapid Age Spot And Pigment Lightening Serum 


Murad Rapid Age Spot And Pigment Lightening Serum 

contains 2% hydroquinone, the highest percentage available without a prescription. Hydroquinone is a very effective skin lightening agent that can remove dark spots, even skin tone and lighten age spots. Hydroquinone works by interrupting the production of excess melanin. This formulation also contains vitamin C, which we’ve already established can significantly lighten skin, and glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid, similar to salicylic acid, which exfoliates and protects against sun damage. Glycolic acid has even been shown to reduce irritation in sunburned skin by a significant amount. Glycolic acid has been used in the treatment of photodamaged skin (which often also includes dark spots) with great success. It works to reduce dullness by attaching to the dead skin cells on the surface of skin and breaking them apart to allow newer skin to flourish. Newer skin is often brighter and lighter than the dead skin that was exfoliated. Glycolic acid further allows for other skincare ingredients to absorb deeper and essentially be more effective.

Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector 
This formulation also contains hydroquinone at 2%, in addition to glycolic acid and retinyl palmitate. Hydroquinone is simply excellent at lightening and fading dark spots, post-acne spots and age spots. Glycolic acid is great at its job of exfoliating to reveal radiant, beautiful skin. It unbinds dead skin cells and sloughs them away to reveal newer cells. It can help treat acne blemishes, fade scars and lighten dark spots. Retnyl palmitate is the ester of retinol (vitamin A), which has been combined with a saturated fatty acid called palmitic acid, and is considered to be much more gentle than pure vitamin A, which can be irritating. Retinyl palmitate is also an antioxidant that can be found in some sunscreens. It, like glycolic acid, exfoliates skin to improve dullness and blotchiness or mottled texture. In combination, all of these ingredients together can be a powerful trio against dark spots.

Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair Dark Spot Corrector
Neutrogena’s Rapid Tone Repair Dark Spot Corrector contains two powerful ingredients: ascorbyl glucoside and retinol. Ascorbyl glucoside is a stable form of vitamin C that has been combined with glucose. Vitamin C is a very potent skin lightener that has been studied extensively. When applied to the skin, ascorbyl glucoside converts to L-ascorbic acid. Why bother with ascorbyl glucoside when you can just use a product that contains L-ascorbic acid? Well, ascorbyl glucoside is much more stable. In the long run, it will last for a longer period of time and won’t degrade as quickly. L-ascorbic acid has a tendency to degrade quickly when exposed to air and light. It usually turns yellow, orange or brown once degraded. Retinol is basically vitamin A, which is used in many acne medications because of its ability to expertly and effectively exfoliate. It has also shown to provide “consistent” improvement in treating hyperpigmented skin whether due to acne scarring, sun exposure or simple aging. Different types of vitamin A, like retinoic acid, have also showed marked improvement in treating discoloration and hyperpigmentation. This ingredient duo can certainly help remove dark spots from the face and other parts of the body.

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution 
The active ingredients in this formulation are vitamin C, white birch extract and peony extract. We’ve already determined that vitamin C is a tyrosinase inhibitor that can halt the production of melanin, thereby effectively reducing the appearance of dark spots for a brighter, clearer complexion. Then let’s look deeper into white birch extract and peony extract. According to Kiehl’s, both white birch extract and peony extract work with vitamin C to enhance its potency. White birch itself contains vitamin C and niacinamide (vitamin B3), which are especially effective when paired. Both lead to a more even complexion, lightening darker spots to have them match the natural lighter skin tone of the surrounding area. White birch extract is also hydrating. Peony extract is a great antioxidant that can protect from UV and free radical damage. As UV exposure can often lead to dark spots, peony extract can potentially help to prevent this from happening in the first place. Peony extract also works with the vitamin C in this formula to provide a greater skin brightening effect. In clinical studies, topically applied peony extract has also exhibited skin lightening properties.

Olay Prox Even Skin Tone Spot Fading Treatment
Olay’s spot fading treatment works thanks to the power of niacinamide (vitamin B3), Undecylenoyl phenylalanine and glycerin to remove dark spots and uneven patches of discoloration while also hydrating and fortifying the skin barrier. Uneven skin tone is usually caused by UV exposure, but can be exacerbated by lack of exfoliation and a weakened skin barrier. Regular exfoliation can help in accelerating cell turnover. which in turn allows for a more glowing look. The skin barrier acts like a wall of brick and mortar to keep out pollutants and irritants. When it’s compromised, it can lead to problems like flakiness, redness, itching, and it can make it more possible for the skin to develop dark spots. In studies, topical niacinamide has provided a wealth of positive results, including reduction in wrinkles, improvement in elasticity and reduction in hyperpigmentation. It even proved effective in reducing redness and yellowing of the skin. Undecylenoyl phenylalanine works against dark spots by inhibiting melanotropin, which controls tyrosinase which in turn promotes melanin in the skin. In studies, it “significantly” reduced discoloration caused by melasma (a discoloration disorder) within four weeks. The glycerin in this formula is mainly there to provide hydration and reinforce the skin barrier. Glycerin is a humectant that draws moisture into the skin and plumps it up. Overall it also makes skin softer, more younger-looking, stronger and keeps it protected from outside irritants.

Estee Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum


Several plant extracts in the Estee Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum make this a powerhouse against hyperpigmentation. Similar to Clinique’s Dark Spot Corrector, this formulation contains turmeric root, mulberry root, cucumber fruit, barley, grapefruit peel and rice. Many of these ingredients, like turmeric root, mulberry root and cucumber have shown the ability to halt tyrosinase from producing more melanin. Grapefruit peel in this formula helps because it contains a lot of vitamin C, another de-pigmentation agent. Barley contains azelaic acid, an ingredient often found in many anti-dark spot serums because of its ability to stop tyrosinase activity. Rice has been shown to “down-regulate melanin synthesis” in animal studies. Furthermore, this serum allows for exfoliation with its inclusion of salicylic acid. Often used in acne medications to encourage cell turnover, this ingredient breaks down the “glue” that holds cells together. This helps it to dry up pimples and remove blackheads. When it comes to treating discoloration, salicylic acid works by fading pigmentation as it sloughs off the very top layers of skin.

Elemis White Brightening Dark Spot Corrector


The main active ingredients in this dark spot corrector are vitamin C, garden cress and daisy extract. Because vitamin C is rather unstable, the company uses encapsulated vitamin C to make sure it doesn’t degrade. Vitamin C is a well-researched antioxidant that helps fight and reduce sun damage and all of its symptoms, of which discoloration is one. It interrupts the action of melanin-producing tyrosinase. Garden cress is believed to remove dark spots by neutralizing free radicals (which can cause the discoloration in the first place) and by inhibiting a hormone called alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (alpha-MSH). As its name suggests, this hormone stimulates melanin production — something you definitely don’t want as you’re valiantly fighting to get rid of excess melanin in the skin. Daisy extract is a safe and still powerful alternative to hydroquinone. There is some controversy regarding hydroquinone, in that it is potentially carcinogenic. With daisy extract, this worry can be alleviated. It lightens skin well, without causing any fear that it can possibly be cancerous.

Shiseido White Lucent Microtargeting Spot Corrector


Restoring radiance can go a long way in making us look more youthful. Shiseido’s White Lucent Microtargeting Spot Corrector promises to do just that with laser speed and precision thanks to some innovative technology. MicroTarget Technology allows each dark spot to be targeted directly, including very dark ones or blurred ones that are more light-brown or brown in color. SakuraRESIST Technology harnesses the power of cherry blossoms to brighten while also making skin more resistant to future formation of dark spots. Other plant extracts like peony extract also help to lighten by stopping melanin activity. Resveratrol, a polyphenol found in the skin of red grapes, has further shown the ability to remove and fade pigmentation in animal studies. Moreover, resveratrol is an antioxidant that can help prevent spots from forming by reducing free radical damage.

Verso Dark Spot Fix


Three potent ingredients combine to give Verso Dark Spot Fix its dark spot fading abilities. Retinol 8, turmeric and niacinamide are the dark spot enemies promising to banish discoloration regardless of its cause. Retinol 8 is a less irritating but eight times stronger form of retinol. Unlike retinol, it can be used during the daytime without fear of any adverse reactions. Retinol 8 exfoliates to fade away excess melanin and reveal a more even-toned, brighter complexion. Turmeric and niacinamide have proved their ability to light dark spots time and again, and, in combination with retinol 8, they work even better. These time-tested ingredients can be trusted to help you fade dark spots from both the face and body.

La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Dark Spot Serum 


La Roche-Posay‘s Pigmentclar Dark Spot Serum combines the forces of Phe-Resorcinol, ferulic acid and LHA to break down dark spots and make them disappear. Phe-Resorcinol, according to the company, is 100 times more skin lightening than kojic acid, one of the best skin lightening ingredients. This is quite remarkable in and of itself, but ferulic acid and LHA also play key roles in this formulation. Ferulic acid is an antioxidant found naturally in the seeds of apples and oranges as well as some other vegetation. As an antioxidant, it fights common signs of aging like wrinkles and sagging by targeting free radicals. In studies, it has shown to be effective against melasma, which is often stubborn and hard to get rid of. LHA is an exfoliator much like glycolic acid and salicylic acid. Its mechanism involves removing dead skin cells and revealing newer cells that also make skin look more radiant.

The Absolute Best

Formulyst Luminous Skin Serum
For brighter and smoother looking skin, pick up a bottle of Formulyst’s Luminous Skin Serum. This lightweight serum tackles dark spots and hyperpigmentation using natural ingredients, including Alpha Arbutin, an extract of the bearberry plant that prevents the formation of melanin; Rumex extract, derived from the dockberry plant; and a biomimetic peptide which helps accelerate cell regeneration.


  • TDR 05.21.18 Reply

    In your attempt to get rid of dark spots, it’s important to avoid unsightly, and sometimes permanent, side effects. As already mentioned, the use of dark spot corrector products with hydroquinone can lead to skin cancer and permanent skin discolorations, which is why the use of this ingredient is heavily regulated throughout the world. Facial exfoliators can also cause problems, and may cause swelling and irritation if the cream is used too often, or the concentration of the active acids is too strong in the dark spot corrector.

  • TDR 05.21.18 Reply

    Dark spots on skin are a common problem faced by adults as they age. The unsightly blemishes tend to appear most frequently around the face and hands; and can become particularly troublesome to get rid of. Although chemical peels and professional skin care procedures have been effective methods for getting rid of sun spots, they can be costly and may cause swelling and irritation; leading many individuals to look for the best dark spot corrector as an effective alternative to cosmetic procedures. Unfortunately, such topical treatments also have a variety of drawbacks; such as potentially severe side effects, and the fact that topical treatments tend to work over time, instead of showing immediate results. However, if you take the time to do your research and read dark spot corrector reviews, you may find that a topical treatment may be a safer and more convenient alternative to more invasive cosmetic procedures.

  • TDR 05.21.18 Reply

    Dark spots on the face, age spots (also known as liver spots) on the hands and uneven skin tone around the face, chest and hands can be caused by prolonged sun exposure, hormonal factors or acne damage. Generally, dark spots are caused by the sun, hence why skin care specialists refer to dark spots as sun spots. In most cases, dark spots are caused by a root problem, such as Melasma.

    In most cases, the need for a dark spot corrector arises in people who experience frequent exposure to the sun, or those who have suffered severe sunburns. There is good reason for this. Contrary to the belief of previous generations, these skin discolorations have nothing to do with the liver, but are caused by our body’s natural reaction to UV radiation. As the sun’s rays hit our skin, our body uses special cells, melanocytes, located in the epidermis, to produce a protective chemical, melanin, to neutralize radiation, so that we can retain healthy skin. Unfortunately, the need for a dark spot corrector arises when too much melanin is produced in certain areas of the skin, leading the pigment to clump together, thus creating the appearance of sun spots on face, and requiring the use of a dark spot corrector.

  • TDR 05.20.18 Reply

    Topical dark spot corrector creams tend to fall into two categories: skin brighteners and exfoliants. Skin brighteners are a general term for ingredients that change your skin’s chemistry to produce less melanin pigment. Hydroquinone, for example, is a well-known skin brightener that works by inhibiting an enzyme called tyrosinase, which is crucial in the production of melanin pigment. By blocking the enzyme, a dark spot corrector using hydroquinone slows production of additional pigment, and troublesome areas with liver spots begin to fade.

    However, remember that melanin is not just an accidental byproduct, but our body’s defense mechanism against radiation. Therefore, by using even the best dark spot corrector with hydroquinone, or another melanin-blocking ingredient (like azelaic acid, for example), you are weakening your natural defenses against UV radiation. This can lead to the development of skin cancer and early aging of the skin.

    To avoid the risk associated with tyrosinase blockers in dark spot corrector creams, some individuals turn to exfoliating creams and masks to speed up cell regeneration. By cycling out the damaged skin cells, these dark spot corrector creams can help fade sun spots on face and hands, but they will take longer to show effects. Common exfoliating ingredients in dark spot correctors are alpha hydroxy acids, like salicylic and lactic acids; Bromelain, an exfoliating enzyme; and Retinol, which technically belongs to the hydroxy acid group, and is well known for stimulating cell turnover.

  • Cathy Corso-plank 05.29.15 Reply

    Under eye dark circles have many different causes and these products can be too strong to use at the much thinner skin of the eye area – where it can also seep into the eyes.
    Eye darkness can be genetic, can be caused more by the vascular system behind the thin skin of the eyes, or can be melasma that has greatly accumulated over time.
    When you sweat, the moisture “pools” in the crevices and indents on your face and act as a “reflector” for the sun – those areas will darken (sometimes in larger patches rather than “spots”) quicker and become a DEEPER pigmentation that is almost impossible to lighten – especially at the eye area.

  • Cathy Corso-plank 05.29.15 Reply

    That’s kind of ignorant of him – if you already HAVE the spots, it’s too late to prevent them by staying out of the sun.
    He doesn’t sound like a very “progressive” doctor if he doesn’t know what is available for treatment.

  • Cathy Corso-plank 05.29.15 Reply

    Unless you are treating post-acne pigmentation, hydroquinone products only provide a TEMPORARY solution.
    The minute you stop using hydroquinone, the action of the tyrosinase in the skin speeds back up and the pigmentation returns. Post-acne pigmentation is a temporary response of the skin and will lighten quicker with these products.

    Laser can also be tricky; it can CAUSE a permanent pigmentation response in the skin and GIVE you “spots” you didn’t have.
    Make sure your laser tech has a LOT of experience and is not fool-hardily and over-anxious to “pump up” the laser to it’s highest settings.
    Laser most often requires several sessions to produce the results…but is much quicker than hydroquinone.

  • Anonymous 05.29.15 Reply

    The problem they you don’t mention above is that all these products only give TEMPORARY results, except in the case of post-acne pigmentation – because that is a temporary pigmentation response of the skin, and hydroquinone will help speed up the natural lightening of these areas.
    On regular melasma, however – when you stop using the hydroquinone, the action of the tyrosinase in the skin returns to normal…and all the “spots” return.
    Laser is tricky, because it can actually CAUSE pigmentation – particularly in very light skins that are sensitive to pigmentation to begin with.

  • Anonymous 05.29.15 Reply

    I had a photo-facial 10+ years ago. So too, many a friend. It worked for all of us! I’m going to research the latest, and the greatest because it’s that time again. Do your homework. Ask around. Rely upon licenses. Google the skin care providers, and their licenses. If the skin care provider is reputable, you won’t be disappointed. Good luck.

  • Joey 05.07.15 Reply

    Rhonda
    are you sure your doctor knows what he is talking about? I am 58 I go to a REAL dermatologist, Retin A has been a blessing disguise for my age spots. and I too use Clinique dark spot corrector. My age spots are almost unnoticeable anymore. It has been about a year I have been working on them. If I were you I would find a more competent doctor.

  • Anonymous 04.23.15 Reply

    Clinque Even Better Dark Spot Corrector is an excellent choice! I use that along with Neutrogena Rapid Dark Circle Corrector for the eyes. I have had amazing results.

  • Anonymous 04.21.15 Reply

    If the Rodan and Fields Reverse works as well as it says, then no one would have brown spots. I don’t trust any of these. Has anyone had laser treatment by a dermatologist that truly worked? My fear is it is like renting a rug shampooer. It looks great for a few days and then there are those dirty spots again, I am a skeptic.

  • Cheryl 03.23.15 Reply

    I have terrible spots on my arms and legs BC of severe sunburning. I have tried nothing yet on these areas but for the spots on my face I have been using a combination of products and they r hardly visible. NEUTROGENA RAPID TONE REPAIR, L’OREAL YOUTH CODE, AND PURE RETOINOL CREAM (Pure Valley). I use these 3 products once or twice a day and have had AMAZING results. I’m going to start using Gardiner dark spot treatment on my arms and legs along with the pure retinol by pure valley. Will post results.

  • christine 03.11.15 Reply

    I have gone through 2 bottels of the Clinique Even Better and it hasn’t made a difference.

  • Anonymous 02.17.15 Reply

    I’ve used Clinique Dark Spot Corrector for 9 months. At first, I thought it was working very well because I stopped it for awhile and really saw the difference in the darkness of the spots return. After all these months of using it again, the Clinique product just faded it to a certain point then nothing better after that. The never disappeared only faded a bit. If you stop it, the dark spots come back worse than ever.

  • Anonymous 02.07.15 Reply

    Hi what kind did you use to help that great? And how did you apply it?

  • CK 02.05.15 Reply

    Im Sorry Ana I’m 46 and every time I get a pimple I get a brown mark that comes up. It’s so annoying and makes me feel ugly also. I don’t quite understand it since I have been using oil of olay with spf every morning since I was 15. I started using garnier since Dec 29th. I have only seen a difference but need to see me. I’m going to try the clinque product only because I have heard good things and it’s so close to the dermatologist product. I figured why not. Last expense before the doctor. We just need to be patient.

  • Melissa Mills 01.14.15 Reply

    I would go see a dermatologist.

  • Anonymous 01.12.15 Reply

    I have a lot of dark spot on my face.i think there are sun spot but i am not sure. I am 61 one years old. I have also very dark circle. I have been using different creams and products but nothing works. I feel ugly a d i dont want nobody to take pictures of me. I think i am going to try the clinique even better corrector. I dont know what to buy anymore. All my money goes on make ups to cover but nothing work. I feel myself ugly every day. Somebody help me please. Thank you. Ana

  • Cindy 12.27.14 Reply

    I had a unfortunate health crisis with Pityriasis rosea, it has no cleared but, unfortunately I am left with found dark circles on my chest, back and a few on my neck. I am a darker skinned woman so I want to ensure I do not damage my skin further, please help.

  • Becca 12.22.14 Reply

    It is at Walgreens, about 50$

  • Anonymous 12.07.14 Reply

    You can use dermablend to cover I have been using for years. You can purchase from Macy’s at the fashion fair counter. It is messy until you get used to it. I tried hydroquino and many dermatologist. I am trying something new so will keep you posted

  • angela southward 11.05.14 Reply

    I received a sample of Vichy Pro-even when I last purchased some cosmetics. For the last 3 or 4 days I have been using it, on two 1 cm. circles on my upper cheeks and one on my hand. I can’t believe how well this products work. Now I’m trying to find a supplier and the cost. It must be expensive!

  • Nick 09.20.14 Reply

    Your Doc is full of it. Some do work. All though some dark spots are caused by the sun, some are not. The doc recommends staying out of the sun, I agree but what about the spots you already have?? Staying out of the sun won’t make them go away.

  • Anonymous 09.16.14 Reply

    I am 18yrs old and have spots left by pimples. what spot remover do you think i should use?

  • shiju 08.18.14 Reply

    I have many black mark in my face ,can u please suggest me which treatment i have to take for remove complete black dots ..

    Thankfully
    Shiju

  • Etta 08.09.14

    Don’t waste your money, my review has been posted.

  • Lana 07.30.14 Reply

    I used to have an ugly dark spot under my eye. I removed it with Estée Lauder
    Re-Nutriv Intensive Age Spot Corrector. I used it under my make-up in the morning and evening for 3 weeks. After day 12 I started noticing a little bit of peeling. In the nest 10 days it was completely gonne en never returned! It was more expensive than other products on the market but it worked amazingly, painless and unnoticeable.I am using it now again for few new spots I noticed lately. I am confident it will be a success again! Good luck to everyone!

  • layla 07.16.14 Reply

    I have, save your money. It smells great but does not work.

  • layla 07.16.14 Reply

    I have tried Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector, L’Oreal Paris Youth Code Dark Spot Corrector, Murad Rapid Age Spot Lightening Gel, and Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum. Out of these none of them have worked for me. I am a smart shopper. I shop at Sephora. Sephora will return or exchange these products for you as long as you keep your receipt. I finally went to a dermatologist that prescribed a cream called Melquin HP 4% cream. It is skin bleaching. This is the only thing that has saved my skin. I have been using it for about 2 months and see a noticeable change. You use it at night and must stay out of the sun. Well worth checking out.

    Thanks,
    Layla

  • chris 07.11.14 Reply

    I used Expert Blanc by Lancome, a small tube of 15 ml, now 12 years ago for my dark spots. My dark spots were caused by the sun and they covered my both cheeks like two islands. Expert Blanc, was the only product which erased the spots 100%, without being aggressive with my skin. I used every fall for the 3 years and then the product had dissapeared. I was very, very disappointed. Now, they have another product Expert Blanc Melanolyser but I didn’t read good reviews about it. I am looking for a correctot of dark spots but I can’t find something who really works.

  • Keenotworld 07.04.14 Reply

    Wow. Manners seem to be going the way of the dodo.

  • Natasha 06.27.14 Reply

    I really like Clinique even better clinical dark spot corrector. I had read the reviews and I bought it. I don’t regret my decision at all. Long time back when I had developed these disgusting dark spots, I had searched for dark spot corrector reviews. Clinique dark spot corrector reviews were on top of the list. I have used it for a month. It’s really effective. The dark spots have started getting lighter already.

  • JoMae 06.26.14 Reply

    I have tried both. I did the clinique first and got some results. I then went to Garnie and got better results. But only to a point. The Garnie makes ur skin peel when you rub your face. And I mean peel! Which goes against everything they tell you about caring for your skin. I just bought Neutrogena, if that doesn’t work I’m going to the Dermatologist! Hate this!

  • Judy 06.20.14 Reply

    So, no one has used any of the products mentioned in this review?

  • Lisa 06.20.14 Reply

    yes,,,,,I have used this product for 2 months with NO change! Save your $$

  • Anonymous 06.19.14 Reply

    Yes, I’ve just finished using it. It dies not remove the darkness, but it fades to some degree. I’m not buying another one because of the price and that I expected better results. I’m going to try the cinque tomorrow!! Good luck!

  • Christina 06.18.14 Reply

    Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you are ugly!! Listen to Ruth and hold your head up high and THINK that you ARE BEAUTIFUL!!! Be confident and that will help your countenance. True beauty comes from within!!! Go out and buy yourself a new outfit!! Good luck!! <3

  • Mirabelle 06.08.14 Reply

    I have dark spots on my face and age spots on my hands and legs. I think the difference is that age spots seem to have texture. I have tried many things and will weigh all of your suggestions. I am using hydroquinone (Rx) right now and I’m not sure it works. It must bleach because the dr. said to only get the cream directly on the spots. Anyway, I’ve tried many unconventional things, like White Strips and Desitin. Both may have helped the dark spots. Yesterday I got so frustrated with the textured age spots on my hand (left hand is seen more by the sun due to driving) that I ACTUALLY started scratching the age spots off with my fingernails! I just didn’t care. Getting old is maddening.
    Anyway, is there a really good product to cover up dark spots??

  • Rhonda 05.26.14 Reply

    Just saw my skin DR, and asked him what I could do for dark spots, He said “Save your money, no cosmetics will work” Just stay out of the sun.

  • Amy 05.21.14 Reply

    I had two sun spots appear on my face. I bought a bottle of Olay total effects moisturizer (to use after olay total effects foaming face wash) and within a month or so they were COMPLETELY gone. Try it.

  • Denise 05.01.14

    I just started using City Cosmetics dark spot corrector for almost two weeks now. I actually think the spots on my hands might have faded a little but I’m not sure if it’s just my imagination. I’ll give it a month and then reply again. I hope it works.

  • Seashore 04.26.14 Reply

    I lived on the beach for 12 years, so I have significant sun damage and tons of dark spots. The only product that has ever worked for me is Obagi. It really does work and evens out your skin tones.
    Good luck!

  • Jean 04.13.14

    I tried it Paula, not only is it expensive, it did not work for me

  • Jean 04.13.14 Reply

    I tried it Karen, didn’t work for me. I hope you have better luck

  • Brenda 04.07.14 Reply

    I had read many good reviews of Clinique even better clinical dark spot corrector and so I decided to use this Dark spot corrector. I checked many stores but unfortunately it was out of stock. I finally thought of ordering it online and I was so lucky. I found a fabulous discount on Clinique even better clinical dark spot corrector. It was delivered to my house in a couple of days and I was so excited to use it. After a few days my friend Jess asked me do Clinique dark spot corrector really work, and I showed a picture that had been taken before I had started using the dark spot corrector. There was a marked difference in the picture and me! I think this is the best product for dark spots.

  • Joann 03.31.14 Reply

    I have used Ganier Dark Spot Remover for at least twice a day for about nine months and ththen slapping on the SPF 28 Skin Renewal cream at least two more times a day even if I’m not going outside and I think my age/dark spots are worse than ever. Does anything really work. Three laser treatments did lightened them somewhat, but eventually they returned. I’m not a tanner and never have been.

  • Paula Williams 03.29.14 Reply

    Karen, I have been contemplating buying the City Cosmetics dark spot corrector, but I am sick and tired of spending money on products that just do not work. I am realizing that these so-called “consumer” reviews are actually posted by the company or by “paid” reviewers. I would be so grateful if you would post your results after using it for a couple of weeks and let us know if it really works as they claim. Thanks so much!

  • Tan 03.28.14 Reply

    After reading all these messages I thought I would share my opinion about dark spot correctors. I have tried several products. None of them have worked for me. I am seeing a Dermatologist to talk about this.

  • Karen Schaffer 03.15.14 Reply

    Hi, I tried Garnier dark spot corrector and also the peel. It did nothing for me. I am now trying City Cosmetics dark spot corrector……just started so I will see if I get any postive results.

  • Nora 03.11.14 Reply

    I would like to try Clinique and Garnier. Has anyone tried them? I have been buying TriLuma. It fades the dark spots, but takes 2-3 months to show results.
    A few of my darker spots have faded quite a bit and are only vaguely visable. It is $130 a tube and lasts 2-3 months…..too expensive.

  • Anonymous 03.02.14 Reply

    I HAVE TRIED SHISEIDO SPOT CORRECTOR FOR 6 MONTHS, AND I DIDN’T SEE ANY IMPROVEMENT.

  • Kat Benn 02.19.14 Reply

    I have tried them all. I was aSun worshiper. And have tried all of those products and more. There is only one thing I found that worked and it is not listed here. I have one product it is just amazing it completely gets rid of age spots and hyperpigmentation and actual spots and keeps new age spots from coming to the surface that are already damaged from the Sun. It is Bremenn Clinical’s Dark Spot Eraser. I’d b sure to get the Bremenn clinical as there is another Bremenn laboratory that isn’t the same product just parent company and labs does not have the same product and different label….. feels different and does not work!! but that Brennan clinical dark spot eraser works amazing. You will not believe your skin. See a difference in a few days and skin looks n feels years younger wit in a few months. And it’s not too expensive either. Good luck. N don’t waste your coin on the others….EVEN the brand names!!

  • Louise F 02.10.14 Reply

    Has anyone tried khiels dark spot corrector? How effective is it?

  • J Parker 02.08.14 Reply

    I’m 55 and I have age spots/sun spots on my face and hands.I recently saw a review of dark spot correctors and found a product called Radiance Illuminator by City Cosmetics. It’s expensive, but I got a discount by buying the product through the consumer guides review webpage that rated the product (2 units for $87). I’ve been using Vitamin c capsules by Lumene for about 3 months now and exfoliating once a week with a L’oreal Revitalift Facial Peel Kit that I don’t think is made anymore; and have seen a slight improvement; smaller spots have faded a bit, but the bigger spots haven’t. This City Cosmetics product is supposed to show significant results in about 4 weeks. I intend to use it on my face and hands as a spot treatment. If anyone else has heard of this product, I’d welcome any feedback.

  • D. Sonday 02.06.14 Reply

    Has anyone tried Ponds Clarant B3? My friend uses it…her dark spots are fading very quickly.
    She got a sample size somewhere. Don’t know if they are age spots or sun spots…

  • AOK 02.02.14 Reply

    Cath – Curious if you tried Garnier Dark Spot Corrector and what you think.

  • GG 01.26.14 Reply

    I’ve suffering for mild acne every now and then. I tried clinique even better spot corrector it work but it took sometime.. need more bottle to deminished all the dark spots i guess. after using 2bottles, i change. i used also clarins but i dont like it. Priori also but cant see the results. now im using Khiels, seems working, my dark spot getting lighter. need more patience to see the results.

  • Maria 01.14.14 Reply

    Hi

    Has anyone tried the Shishedo one?

  • Anonymous 01.09.14 Reply

    jackie, i have been told by a dermatologist that St. Ives Apricrot Scrub is way to harsh for the face. you might want to stop using. I switched to Origins Modern Friction

  • Margot 12.15.13 Reply

    The best dark spot serum I’ve ever used is the one from KHIEL’S brand. In 2 weeks I saw incredible results .. I tried before the Clinique one : no results and the Garnier : good hydratation but useless about dark spots.

    Go buy the KHIEL’S one, it’s the with bottle. I’m from France & here it costs 49€. It’s really a great price for the amaziiiiiiing quality.

    I hope my post will help you.

  • RObyn Qui 12.12.13 Reply

    Like the old saying goes, slow and steady wins the race. The Dr Max Powers Scar Serum actually works for dark spots. But you will not get overnight results. I have several dark spots from scars, acne spots, and simply having fun as a kid. I have always used palmers cocoa butter for my scars for years and thought id switch it up. I used it every day faithfully for 2 weeks before I saw a slight change. Another 2 weeks before I seen a more noticeable change. They are still there but less noticeable.
    All in all the product does work, shipping was fast

  • Ruth L. 11.23.13 Reply

    Lily, that’s horrible that people tell you that you look ugly. Please don’t listen to these cruel, insensitive people. The fact that they feel the need to call you ugly says more about them than it does about you. I can’t recommend a treatment which works because I still haven’t found one which does but if you visit your doctor maybe they can prescribe something. In the meantime make the best of yourself, apply make-up, make sure your hair is nice, dress well and hold your head high. If you feel you are doing your best to put your best image forward it will make you feel more confident and that will change people’s perception of you. Confidence is beauty.

  • Lily 11.14.13 Reply

    Everyone who sees me tell me how ugly I look. I don’t even know what is on my face age spot or dark spot. Have tried million of things. Nothing works..

  • Jasmin 10.25.13 Reply

    I’ve tried Clinique, Glycolic peels , microdermabrasion , nothing worked . Recently started using .05% retin A & alternating with Vichy pro even & my spots on face have lightened quite a bit. It’s equally important to wear SPF while using these products . I usually wear SPF 30. Good luck !

  • Jules 10.07.13 Reply

    I’ve been using for 4 weeks the new Lancôme Dreamtone dark spot corrector at a whopping UK £69. I’m 50 and have a splattering of small dark spots on my face, easily covered with foundation but have 2 pea sized ones on the side of my face. This cream has reduced the smaller dark spots by around 50% but has not touched the larger ones. Don’t be fooled by the size of the bottle, it still has just over 1oz of cream in it and I don’t think its going to last much more than 6 weeks in total, so really expensive. I’ve seen a change but not enough to justify buying again. I’m going to try Clinique next as its almost half the price.

  • Anne 09.30.13 Reply

    Janice, this topic has nothing to do with dark circles under the eyes, it has to do with age spots/sun spots/liver spots…. maybe you need a better nights sleep so you can read and understand this article?

  • Savannah 09.29.13 Reply

    Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector is great but the directions are hard to read and I am not sure if the product is natural or full of chemicals. I tried the Aveda Brightening Cream, I don’t remember exactly what it is called but it was in a blue bottle. It was very smelly but was very good.

  • Rachel Schulte 09.27.13 Reply

    I’m a consultant with Rodan + Fields and I highly recommend the REVERSE regimen for brown spots, dullness and sun damage. The REVERSE Regimen exfoliates, lightens, brightens and protects your skin for a more even tone and texture. As a note, it’s been recognized on Allure Magazine’s A List! You can check it out at rachelschulte.myrandf.com
    Contact me if you have any questions!

  • Rita McDonald 09.15.13 Reply

    I have used many dark spot removers, including Melanex, a Prescription, which was put out many years ago by Neutrogena. I have used Estee Lauder, Clinique, Lancôme, Clarins and many other OTC dark spot removers. Please allow me a sample of your product or suggest the best selling Dark Spot Remover ON THE MARKET. Thank you so very much!

  • Sceen 09.14.13 Reply

    Having dark skin and being addicted to the sun, I have dark spots on my legs. I found Melarase to work on the dark skin and scarring on my legs and ankles.

  • Suyin 09.12.13 Reply

    I have always been a swimmer and sunscreens just don’t last. I had a little sun damage on my face; the keyword is “had”! Take a look at the Lady Soma Antioxidant Mask – its full of glycolic acid which will scrub away the skin discoloration. My skin never looked so good!!!

  • Ashley Anna 09.07.13 Reply

    I did not see it on the list, but the best absolutely best was this one from DDF fade gel 4, then the reversal pods. It lightened up old stubborn marks, burns, scars. Man I have to order it again, it was the best by far

  • Alex 09.01.13 Reply

    Today is sep 1, 2013. I have had acne since I was 10, I’m now 26. I been horomoned tested- levels were normal. ive been allergy tested- not allergic to anything. i have gone to nutritionists for diets that would prevent any irritations with greases and nuts an whatever else voodoo nonsense i have tried. I don’t know what I’m going to do about that situation bc I need it!!! It really helps and it especially helps for scaring I will use it on all my scars even after the pimple is gone bc for some reason my scars will return to pimples! It’s ridiculous!!! Anyways it helps the redness of the scar and it flattens the scar if it is indented. I also have been using Clinique even better dark spot corrector for a couple years and it really does help for acne scars. It is $80 but it works and one bottle lasts me a year. I have the most sensitive skin and break out from air! Not kidding. This does not irritate my skin. I wear it only at night time. its a serum so you only need a tiny squirt it is greasy feeling so you can spread it every where. Due to the Clinique and the differen combination, I have also the delight of having veryyyy greasy skin!. I am 26 and don’t see age spots on my face yet but I know I will get them. It’s inevitable for me. I’ve burned my skin soooo many times just to get tan! And on my chest as well. I already have dark spots on my chest but that dosnt bother me as much as if they were on my face. My aunt is 46 and showed me her arms and rest of her body in comparison to her hands. She has been using cream on her hands with SPF since she was a teen an her hands have no spots. But everywhere else has sun damage! her hands look like a teenagers hands! No rincles! No age spots! Nice and plump and lively. Sut I do know that using SPF and being pale is better then tryin to look tan and age faster! I want to start using a dark spot corrector on my chest.

  • Erie 08.15.13 Reply

    I’ve been using Latisse for 3 months and while it has worked great for the lashes, I have
    started to notice that under my eyes I am getting dark places. Would these products help with that?

  • km 08.14.13 Reply

    I’ve used Clinique for about close to a year…it lighted the dark spots but not enough for me to be happy with the product. Plus it’s expensive! not worth it! I’m currently using Origins mega-Bright serum along with other Origins products. I can say it’s a little better than Clinique..so far I’ve used it for 2 months.
    Hopefully!!! fingers & toes cross it will work =) Good luck to you!

  • jackie 08.02.13 Reply

    Currently, I am using Garnier Dark Spot Corrector $15. It helps but you must be diligent about using it daily. Two to three times a week I use Garnier Dark Spot Peel $19. On opposite day that I use the peel, I use a battery operated microderm abrasion facial scrubber made by Neutragena;$25. Also, I use st Ives apricot scrub daily $3. It contains Sycylic acid. The combination of these products improved my dark spots and the overall appearance of my skin tone. Also, I use sun screen every single day.
    I have had IPL, It gave a slightly better result than these products but cost $700 for three treatments and I still need these products. Also, I had a microderm abrasion and a chemical peel treatment $300 for both. These helped minimally, but my skin felt amazing for a short period of time.

  • Zoey 07.21.13 Reply

    How do you you get rid of sun spots caused by laying in the sun for to long? Is a dark spot corrector going to fix that or do I need to use something other then a skin care product? Garnier, Clinique and Proactiv dark spot correctors are inexpensive compared to laser so I really don’t know whether to use laser or a cream or something similar.

  • Violet 07.05.13 Reply

    Garnier and Palmers dark spot correctors are the cheapest one and work okay. Clinique and Proactiv is better not not work the extra $20 or $30. I am also a big fan of the Vichy Pro Even. That one is around $30.

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