Hyperpigmentation, or dark spots as most of us call it, is a common skin issue that affects basically everyone. It could be caused by sun damage, aging, or acne, and it falls under two general categories—the kind that fades almost immediately and the kind that just won't leave you alone. And if you're currently dealing with the latter, you should definitely consider visiting your dermatologist for a laser treatment. You can also speed up the process by adding a spot corrector to your skincare routine, for which we list efficient options below:
1. Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution
This serum combines the brightening properties of vitamin C with birch extract and peony extract to prevent discoloration and improve the skin's overall tone and maintain its elasticity. As a bonus, it contains a small percentage of salicylic acid that'll gently treat and prevent breakouts, too.
KIEHL'S Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, P3200, Kiehl's
2. Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Vitamin C Targeted Spot Brightener
This spot treatment uses a stable form of vitamin C called THD Ascorbate. Said to be 50 times more powerful than traditional vitamin C, it is fortified by antioxidants from vitamin E and ferulic acid. Apply it directly over a spot to work its magic both day and night.
PETER THOMAS ROTH Potent-C Vitamin C Targeted Spot Brightener, P3430, Sephora.ph
3. One Earth Organics Healthy Glow Booster Serum
This all-natural face serum is packed with ingredients that won't only fade spots but also improve your skin texture and hydration levels. These include licorice root extract, apple extract, and beta-arbutin for brightening, plus rosehip oil and hyaluronic acid for moisture.
ONE EARTH ORGANICS Healthy Glow Booster Serum, P780, Beauty Bar
4. Shiseido White Lucent MicroTargeting Spot Corrector Serum
If you want your dark spots gone sans the laser treatment, this serum has unique dark spot targeting technology that claims to visibly lighten pigmentation in a span of two weeks.
SHISEIDO White Lucent MicroTargeting Spot Corrector Serum, price unavailable, Powerplant Mall
5. Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum
Although it claims to smoothe mainly fine lines and wrinkles, the way this serum encourages cell turnover using retinol can also even out your skin tone and improve the texture leftover from breakouts.
MURAD Retinol Youth Renewal Serum, P5050, Rustan's
6. Cosrx Mela 14 White Ampule
This ampoule treats dull and uneven skin tone with a brightening complex composed of apple fruit water and niacinamide. The 14 in its name isn't a random number, by the way—it's actually the number of days it claims to give you a brighter complexion!
COSRX Mela 14 White Ampule, P1350, Beauty Bar
7. Sisley Phyto-Blanc Intensive Dark Spot Corrector
Sisley's take on a spot corrector comes in a convenient roller that deposits a lightening and exfoliating blend of ingredients that treats different kinds of pigmentation on the skin directly. It also inhibits an area's melanin production when applied frequently, which prevents spots from darkening.
SISLEY PARIS Phyto-Blanc Intensive Dark Spot Corrector, P6900, Rustan's