15 Dark Spot Correctors for Bright & Even-Toned Skin

Mar 21, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. ET
Dark Spot Correctors
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Dark spots don’t require a lofty explanation. They’re post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, or the marks that get left behind after inflammation, such as a pimple or other irritation. And according to New York-based dermatologist Dr. Hadley King, other dark spots can be melasma, a type of discoloration that results from a combination of your hormones, genetics and sun exposure.

Regardless of where your dark spots came from, they’re generally a pain to get rid of, especially if you’re in the habit of picking while they heal. This is where dark spot correctors come in handy. They come in many forms (spot treatments, creams, gels), but the best ones contain a few key ingredients.

“I generally find that hydroquinone is the most effective ingredient for fading dark spots,” says King. “Hydroquinone is sometimes combined with a topical cortisone and a topical retinoid, and these combination products are great because each ingredient decreases the discoloration through a different mechanism. Azelaic acid is another ingredient that can also be helpful.”

It’s also important to minimize sun exposure and up your daily sun protection even after you’ve applied something topical. But because we can’t resist a little skin care magic, here are the top-rated correctors that should be on your radar.

Originally posted on StyleCaster.

1 /15: Burt's Bees Brightening Skin Perfecting Serum

Burt's Bees Brightening Skin Perfecting Serum
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1/15 :Burt's Bees Brightening Skin Perfecting Serum

2 /15: Caudalie Radiance Serum

Caudalie Radiance Serum
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2/15 :Caudalie Radiance Serum

3 /15: Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector
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3/15 :Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector

4 /15: Dermadoctor Photodynamic Age Spot Eraser & Skin Brightener

Dermadoctor Photodynamic Age Spot Eraser & Brightener
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4/15 :Dermadoctor Photodynamic Age Spot Eraser & Skin Brightener

5 /15: Estée Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum

Estée Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum
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5/15 :Estée Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum

6 /15: Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution Serum
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6/15 :Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

7 /15: Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair Dark Spot Corrector

Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair Dark Spot Corrector
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7/15 :Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair Dark Spot Corrector

8 /15: Paula's Choice Resist Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser

Paula's Choice Resist Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser
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8/15 :Paula's Choice Resist Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser

9 /15: Ren Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic

Ren Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic
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9/15 :Ren Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic

10 /15: Tarte Blemish Bully Acne Spot Treatment

Tarte Blemish Bully Acne Spot Treatment
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10/15 :Tarte Blemish Bully Acne Spot Treatment

11 /15: The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
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11/15 :The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%

12 /15: Korres Wild Rose Brightening Targeted Tone Corrector

Korres Wild Rose Brightening Targeted Tone Corrector
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12/15 :Korres Wild Rose Brightening Targeted Tone Corrector

13 /15: Murad Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel

Murad Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel
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13/15 :Murad Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel

14 /15: Peter Thomas Roth De-Spot Skin Brightening Corrector

Peter Thomas Roth De-Spot Brightening Corrector
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14/15 :Peter Thomas Roth De-Spot Skin Brightening Corrector

15 /15: Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Gel

Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Gel
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15/15 :Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Gel