1. Cathy Corso-plank

    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.

  2. Anonymous

    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.

    • Anonymous

      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

      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.

  3. Cheryl

    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.

  4. Anonymous

    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

    • Anonymous

      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.

    • CK

      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.

  5. Cindy

    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.

  6. angela southward

    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!

  7. shiju

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


  8. Lana

    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!

  9. layla

    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.


  10. chris

    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.

  11. Natasha

    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.

  12. Mirabelle

    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??

    • Anonymous

      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

  13. Rhonda

    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.

    • Cathy Corso-plank

      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.

    • Joey

      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.

    • Nick

      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.

  14. Amy

    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.

  15. Seashore

    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!

  16. Brenda

    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.

  17. Joann

    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.

  18. Tan

    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.

    • Anonymous

      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!

  19. Nora

    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.

    • JoMae

      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!

  20. Kat Benn

    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!!

  21. J Parker

    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.

  22. D. Sonday

    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…

  23. GG

    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.

  24. Margot

    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.

  25. RObyn Qui

    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

  26. Lily

    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..

    • Christina

      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

    • Ruth L.

      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.

  27. Jasmin

    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 !

  28. Jules

    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.

  29. Savannah

    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.

  30. Rachel Schulte

    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
    Contact me if you have any questions!

  31. Rita McDonald

    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!

  32. Sceen

    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.

  33. Suyin

    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!!!

  34. Ashley Anna

    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

  35. Alex

    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.

  36. Erie

    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?

  37. jackie

    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.

    • Anonymous

      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

  38. Zoey

    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.

  39. Violet

    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.

  40. Cathy Corso-plank

    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.

  41. Anonymous

    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.

  42. Denise

    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.

  43. Paula Williams

    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!

  44. Karen Schaffer

    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.

  45. Anne

    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?

  46. km

    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 far I’ve used it for 2 months.
    Hopefully!!! fingers & toes cross it will work =) Good luck to you!

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