The best dark spot erasing serums
Plagued by pigmentation? Try these superstars
By Briar Clark
BEAUTYcrew Junior Beauty Writer / February 22 2021
Is it just us, or is there something soul-crushing about having a solid skin care routine, only to be plagued endlessly by pigmentation and dark spots?
We’re not taking this lying down though, no, we’re stocking up on dark spot erasing serum formulas and hitting pigmentation where it hurts.
Brightening is the aim of the game here, so look forward to ingredient lists packed full of skin-saving heroes like vitamin C, AHAs and retinol – we’re bringing in the big guns, baby...
YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE 15% Vitamin C + Clean Caffeine Energy Serum
Caffeine and a hefty portion of vitamin C power this energy serum that works to target tired-looking, pigmented, puffy skin. Look forward to a brightened, even-toned and even-textured complexion with daily use. Plus, the lightweight, non-sticky, and fragrance-free formula is a perfect pick for sensitive skin.
Clinique Even Better Clinical™ Radical Dark Spot Corrector + Interrupter
You can look forward to clini-level results with this super-powered dark spot corrector. The double-dose formula streamlines a cocktail of tone-improving ingredients to the skin, reducing the appearance of dark spots, discolouration and acne scars, as well as a blend of anti-irritants and botanicals that help to prevent future photo-damage.
ALPHA-H Liquid Gold Midnight Reboot Serum
Apply a few drops of this complexion-rebooting serum each night and wake up to glowy, bright, even-toned skin. Glycolic acid and granactive retinoid target texture, tone and premature signs of ageing for plump, refreshed skin that’s impeccably clear. Dark spots who?
Dermalist AllSerum Skin Perfector
This all-in-one serum contains over 15 actives including several peptides, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, squalane, and vitamin E. Yep, this skin perfector employs a veritable banquet of skin-loving ingredients to hydrate, clarify and revitalise your complexion. Work smarter, not harder, y’know?
SOME BY MI AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Serum
Folks all over the internet can’t stop raving about this stuff and after looking at the hardworking ingredient list (AHA, BHA and PHA, plus 14.5% Centella Asiatica Extract, just to name a few), and an alluring price point ($39.00... say what?) it’s not hard to see why. Specifically formulated for steamrolling through dark spots caused by acne scarring, you can look forward to some impressive results in just 30 days.
Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment
The OG of dark spot erasers just got a little bit of a packaging makeover. Now available in a hefty 50mL size, you can enjoy this no-joke formula for a little bit longer. Lactic acid buffs away surface level build-up, while licorice brightens and evens skin tone, banishing unwanted discolouration for a stunningly clear complexion.
Briar was a Beauty Crew intern before she joined the crew full time in 2019 as a Beauty Assistant, and as a Junior Beauty Writer as of 2020. She is a self-professed skin care obsessive, always on the hunt for the perfect mascara, and can't go past a Fenty lipgloss.