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Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Corrector

All Skin Types, including Sensitive Skin

A dark spot corrector and brightening serum that helps visibly reduce dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and post-acne marks. Paraben-free

Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Corrector is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 678.
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Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Corrector

Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Corrector

A dark spot corrector and brightening serum that helps visibly reduce dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and post-acne marks. Paraben-free

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What It Is

A targeted dark spot corrector that helps even skin tone and boost radiance. Formulated with Activated C (a stabilized form of Vitamin C), buffered Salicylic Acid, and Peony extract, this efficacious brightening serum helps visibly reduce the appearance of a broad array of discolorations including dark spots, hyperpigmentation and post-acne marks. Our dark spot corrector has been tested on all ethnicities and is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.*

Paraben-free, mineral oil-free, and dye-free.

After using one bottle of our dark spot corrector:**

  • 97% saw a visible reduction in hyperpigmentation
  • 97% saw a visible reduction in dark spots
  • 87% saw a visible reduction in post-acne marks

*This product was tested on a multi-ethnic panel equally distributed: 25% African American, 25% Asian, 25% Caucasian, 25% Hispanic
**Results based on expert grading in a 12-week clinical test on 104 subjects.

What It’s Good For

  • Clinically proven to reduce hyperpigmentation by -49%, dark spots by -39% and post-acne marks by -27%
  • Dark spot corrector visibly reduces a broad spectrum of dark spots including those caused by age and UV exposure
  • Helps visibly reduce post-acne marks and hyperpigmentation
  • Helps visibly brighten skin over time for a more even and radiant skin tone
  • Dermatologist-tested for safety and gentleness on all skin types, including sensitive
  • Made with recyclable packaging

*Based on a 12-week clinical study of 17 women with all skin types presented with mild to moderate severity of attributes, including post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Key Ingredients

How to Use our Dark Spot Corrector

Did You Know?

A Universal Dark Spot Corrector

Did You Know?

Our dark spot corrector has been tested on all ethnicities and is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.*

*This product was tested on a multi-ethnic panel equally distributed: 25% African American, 25% Asian, 25% Caucasian, 25% Hispanic
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions

Did You Know?

What Causes Dark Spots?

Did You Know?

Melanin is what gives hair, eyes, and skin their color, and dictates whether areas of your skin may have dark spots, discoloration, or hyperpigmentation. Their appearance may be due to sun damage (sun spots), inflammation (often a result of eczema, psoriasis, or acne), and hormones—sometimes seen in pregnant women. Dark spots and hyperpigmentation are common, and potent formulas like Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Corrector and brightening serum are an effective way to treat them.

Before and After Using our Dark Spot Corrector

Before and after

Kiehl’s brightening serum and dark spot corrector is incredibly effective, with results showing a brighter, more even skin tone. Consistent application of our serum for dark spots showed improvements in everything from hyperpigmentation to sun spots. Regular use of this dark spot correcting serum is clinically-proven* to help visibly reduce:

  • Dark Spots Color by -39%
  • Hyperpigmentation by -49%
  • Post-Acne Marks by -27%

*Based on a 12-week clinical study of 17 women with all skin types presented with mild to moderate severity of attributes, including post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

 

Future Made Better

Future Made Better

True to our founding family’s mission, we strive to improve the quality of the communities we serve by reducing our
environmental impact, formulating responsibly, and supporting charitable causes. This formula is made with:
Responsible Formulation
Responsible Formulation
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magic in a bottle!! Floored! I’m shocked at how well this works. I have some scars from a horrible accident and it left some dark spots after they healed completely. Because I’m Latin I have an olive complexion that makes dark spots more visible. I used the Dark Spot corrector after a friend gave me a sample he had received from a store. I tried it on a darker spot and the spot became instantly lighter. Like 60% lighter. I did it again the next day on the same spot and now you can barely see it. It’s almost the same color as the rest of the skin around it. I’ve spent a lot of money trying different creams and lotions to help my scars be as invisible as possible but they only returned over a few days. It’s been 2 weeks and the spot is still barely visible. Thanks to the wizards at Kiehl’s I have my clearer skin and my confidence back. You’ve got a happy and loyal customer.
Date published: 2021-01-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from meh~ It is not a bad product and has a lot of good for your skin ingredients. I did not see any noticeable improvement after using this for one week. I would probably like it more if alcohol is not in the formulation.
Date published: 2021-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I use this every morning under my makeup. Feels really hydrating without feeling oily. It does not smell like cbd at all either.
Date published: 2021-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best oil ever for redness! This makes my skin feel so amazing. Great if you break out or have oily skin. It balance my skin out. It helps soothe and calm my redness. One of the best products I’ve used this year and I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2021-01-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This product doesn't work I have used this product for almost half year.It does not work.The dark spot not even a little lighter.I am so disappointed and feel like wasting my money.
Date published: 2020-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I grabbed these products because I wanted to try out to see if the the brightening line works with dark spots that I have been producing because of age. I do see a few of dark age spots on my face now that I'm in my mid-30s. This lightweight serum absorbs through skin quickly but sadly I don't love it enough to use it continuous everyday to see changes. Since it is winter now and the temperatures are colder, I prefer a more hydrating serum.
Date published: 2020-12-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I see zero change. I have been using this product for about 2 and 1/2 months. I use it every morning and every evening and still see no difference. I will continue to search for a different product that's more effective.
Date published: 2020-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I got rid of my dark spots I was using another product and they change their formula and it didn’t seem to work the same and since I was already using other products by Kiehl’s which I’ve being using for 19 years and I must say I have beautiful skin so I knew the dark spot correct would be ok so I got samples and after using the product for a while my dark spots started to fade
Date published: 2020-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Noticeable result After 4 days using day and night (i put only 2 drops in my cream) i see amazing rezults! Wasn't expecting that.
Date published: 2020-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This product is great it you are in search of a great oil for redness and calming of the skin. It helps with my dryness and to calm the redness in some problem areas of my face. Highly recommended
Date published: 2020-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely love this face oil. This product has become one of my favorite steps in my skincare routine. Perfect for both summer and winter months, which is difficult to find.. Helps add a layer of moisture to my skin during summertime months after being sunburned. Probably due to its ability to reduce redness and inflammation. It has also been a go to product during the winter months as it does a fantastic job locking in moisture during the dry season. Important to note that my skin is naturally dry. Adding this oil into my routine has left my skin softer with a more natural glow. Totally recommend for anyone with dry, sensitive skin!
Date published: 2020-12-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from no change noticed This product is what you expect from a serum. Encapsulates the moisture, brightens and tightens. There is no scent. I did not see a significant change in my dark spots so I will not be purchasing this product again.
Date published: 2020-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reduces redness and sun soots I received a 7 day sample of this. I applied it to freshly cleansed problem areas morning and night. Let dry before applying other products and make sure to use sunscreen! The samples lasted more than 7 days due to spot use. Sun spots on cheekbones are slightly lighter compared to photos I took when starting use. They also are less well defined. More importantly redness - likely due to sun, pregnancy hormones and inflammation - right down the center of my face is noticeably reduced which has had a bigger effect on my overall appearance. I have olive tan skin which tends to be a bit dry and a bit sensitive and live in a northern state with harsh winters and scorching hot summers. The Results are more visible if you spot treat than put on your whole face. I recommend trying this product. Nordstrom sells a half ounce bottle which is a nice option for those who want to try it without a big investment.
Date published: 2020-12-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No noticeable difference I had used a drugstore product on a troublesome age spot, which has made it less noticeable. I am such a fan of Kiehls that I thought I would double down with this one. Sadly, no improvement after one whole bottle and sunscreen were used daily. I also tried to “double” down with a Vitamin C serum since some online research shows that help. But no luck. Before and after photos included.
Date published: 2020-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Half Bottle Use I've used more than half of this, and I do not see much difference since I first began using it. I still use them as my routine but no visible difference. Hope to see some changes at the end of the bottle though.
Date published: 2020-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love how this applies. I’ve been using this product after trying a sample. It has no scent and is light weight. I’m a flight attendant so being exploded to many environments can be tricky on my skin. I apply this after Kiehl’s toner.
Date published: 2020-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gotta Use It Correctly!! I am stunned by all the bad reviews about this product. His dark spot solution TOTALLY WORKS! I am black and have medium brown, sensitive skin. The key to success and positive results with this product is YOU MUST USE IT CORRECTLY! I was given excellent instructions by a Kiehls consultant in-store. You must apply the product to a damp face. A little goes a long way! Just put a dot size of product on each desk spot or a pea size to a particular trouble area. Then rub it in profusely with your fingers - and I mean really it in. You should let it dry in before putting moisturizer on. This MUST be done Morning and Night... every single day!! You have to be very strict about doing this every day. I have used this periodically over the years and always had excellent results. You must be patient because you won’t see results until at least 3 weeks of proper, regular, daily use! Be patient and your skin will clear up. Trust me!!!
Date published: 2020-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Evens out dark spots on dark skin I suffer from psuedofolliculites barbae when I shave. It took about two years before friends noticed, but the improvement is obvious when side by side images of before and after I started using the serum are compared.
Date published: 2020-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wait on progress This is a really great product. It does take some time to see results but you will definitely notice a difference in the clarity of your skin if you are patient
Date published: 2020-11-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I love Kiehl’s so I figured I would like this. I haven’t used for very long but I love it so far. You for sure need to stick with it for results!
Date published: 2020-11-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of money I have used it for almost 4 months but have not seen any results. I waited to see if any of my dark spots will fade or go away but it is exactly the same. Read good reviews about this and bought this expensive product and waited patiently to see some good results but very disappointed.
Date published: 2020-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love using this before bed not only does it make my skin nice and hydrated it helps relax the skin and it doesn’t leave my skin sticky which is really nice
Date published: 2020-11-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This product is a waste Horrible it does not work i been using this product for 5 months and it doesn’t seem to be doing anything for my dark spots.
Date published: 2020-11-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't work for me I used a little more than half of the product and it hasn't made any difference in 4 months. My dark spot are still there, I combined it with, and without Victim C serum both didn't work. I'm very disappointed, this is money wasted. :(
Date published: 2020-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great!! This product really worked in combination with Vit. c! My darks spots actually lightened. Most say it will but it doesn’t. I would definitely recommend this product in conjunction with Vitamin C Serum in order maximize results.
Date published: 2020-10-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from works okay So I bought this for my boyfriend because he was in the sun for too long and got a terrible sunburn, leaving behind some unsavory dark spots. He started using it and it did lighten up his skin, but only the portions surrounding his dark spots, making the spots more prominent. I think if you have lighter spots, it would probably work a lot better, but overall I didn’t see much of a difference. And it’s pretty expensive per bottle so get a sample to test before hand. It did sting a little when I first tried it.
Date published: 2020-10-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn’t work for me I was really looking forward to trying this because I have a couple of dark spots that I want to get rid of. I really like the way the serum feels but it did not work for me either as a spot treatment or for overall brightness.
Date published: 2020-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really like this oil. I have been looking for something to replace my The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% Zinc 1 and I think this is working. My skin seems calmer and my breakouts are milder. The price is a little high but a little goes a long way and the ingredients are excellent
Date published: 2020-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It works I got this product solely on reviews, hoping that the reviews would be accurate. Yes, it works!! I’m not sure why I didn’t listen to the one review and take a picture of before/after but I forgot. Let’s say I got a huge bump on my nose out of no where that left an not so flattering dark mark. I was so self conscious this morning because I've never gotten a bump there. I started using this product over a month ago and I see a huge difference already. I try to use it day/night.
Date published: 2020-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is an other good serum for women for dark spot correctness this can be applied overall face orelse only to dark spots ..but don’t forget to apply sunscreen after using this in the AM
Date published: 2020-09-28
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