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This Spot Corrector Lightened My Pimple Marks in Just Two Weeks

Worked almost like magic!
This Spot Corrector Lightened My Pimple Marks in Just Two Weeks
IMAGE Peter Thomas Roth, Gretchen Cruz
Worked almost like magic!

Peter Thomas Roth's Potent-C Vitamin C Targeted Spot Brightener has been chosen by the Preview team as the Best Dark Spot Corrector of 2019. This and 24 other products were reviewed by 25 real girls for this year's Preview Girls' Choice Awards to see if these products truly deserved their title. Ahead, aspiring doctor Gretchen Cruz gives us her thoughts on the product:

The Product: Peter Thomas Roth  Potent-C Vitamin C Targeted Spot Brightener

What It Is

It's a potent spot brightener with vitamin C and ferulic acid to help reduce the appearance of dark spots while it hydrates and illuminates the skin.


Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Vitamin C Targeted Spot Brightener, P3430,
PHOTO BY Peter Thomas Roth

Current Condition

My skin type is combination; oily T-zone and dry cheeks. But while the oiliness is manageable, my main skin concern is the dark pigmentations caused by stubborn pimple marks that appear on my cheeks and chin. Of course, these eventually heal on their own, but they would take months before completely fading. So I'm looking for a dark spot treatment that is easy to use and could easily fit in my usual skincare routine. It should be something I could still use even if I’m too tired (or lazy) to go about my entire skincare routine before sleeping.

How I Used It

In the morning, I wash my face with Neutrogena Deep Clean facial cleanser, followed by Celeteque Hydration Alcohol-Free Toner, Celeteque Sun Care facial moisturizer, and Maybelline Clear Smooth All-in-One Pressed Powder with SPF 32 before leaving the house. Before going to bed, I double cleanse with Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water, facial cleanser, toner, and then Celeteque Hydration facial moisturizer. 

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As you can see, I mostly use two to three brands that I have learned to trust over the years. But with my new skin concern on the horizon, I made slight changes in my routine to accommodate a spot brightener product. This is where Peter Thomas Roth's Potent-C Vitamin C Targeted Spot Brightener comes in. I use it prior to applying moisturizer.

I have not tried this product or anything similar to it since clearing my pimple marks was a generally new skin concern that I have. Suffice to say, I'm using this product hoping that it wouldn't let me down.

From the get-go, the packaging looks classy. And unlike other products sold on the market, this actually smells nice. The scent isn’t too strong or unpleasant. Due to its light creamy texture, it can easily be blended on the skin and doesn’t leave a white cast. I also don’t need to wait too long for it to get absorbed before I apply moisturizer—a plus point for on-the-go med students like myself.

Gretchen, after using the product for two weeks.
PHOTO BY Gretchen Cruz


The product comes in an easy-to-squeeze tube with a pointed nozzle, which makes it easier to apply on the target areas. I applied the product on affected areas twice a day, morning and night, after toning my skin. I made sure to also put on sunscreen during the day since I know Vitamin C products can make your skin peel and more sensitive to the sun. That said, I tried to avoid direct sunlight exposure as much as possible by using an umbrella or walking under the shade.


The product is easy to use as it blends easily on the skin and is not sticky at all. After using the product for two weeks, I noticed that the dark spots on my cheeks became lighter. It was gratifying to see clear and visible results in such a short time frame.

Some dark spots are still visible, of course, especially the ones that were a result of pitted pimple marks. But where skincare products would usually deliver noticeable results in a month or more, Peter Thomas Roth's Potent-C Vitamin C Targeted Spot Brightener did so in a matter of two weeks. This gives me hope that my acne scars will eventually fade out and I can finally return to having an even skin tone and complexion. There were also no signs of irritation since I started using the product, so that's something that I particularly enjoy, too. The product can have a solid place in my skincare routine now.


Finally, I found a dark spot corrector that truly works. I'll definitely reco this to my friends. Their search for an effective corrector ends here, for sure.

*As told to Steph Sison

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