Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

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

Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 454.
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Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

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

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What It Is

A targeted dark spot corrector that helps boost radiance and even skin tone. This brightening serum will reduce the appearance of a broad array of discolorations including dark spots and post-acne marks. Formulated with Activated C, White Birch and Peony Extracts, this efficacious dark spot correcting serum helps visibly brighten skin and diminish the number and intensity of dark spots and discolorations over time. 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

What It’s Good For

  • Clinically-demonstrated* to help correct dark spots and discolorations
  • 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

*Results based upon a clinical study of upper layers of the skin.

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Key Ingredients in our Dark Spot Corrector

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
 

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.

 

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have only used the deluxe sample size of this product, but I am so impressed by it! I have had the sample for at least two months and it will still last me for at lest another month, which means that the large size would last me practically forever, making it a great deal for the money. Sometimes when I get a little break out, or one mean pimple that leaves an unishglty dark spot, I put a little bit of this on in the monring and at night and the spot is gone within a few short days. I would definitely recommend this product for anyone to have in their beauty cabinet because you never know when it might be needed!
Date published: 2012-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for Hyperpigmentation I have never used a product that worked so well in diminishing darkness and redness from acne and acne scars. I suffered from a bacterial infection on the side of my face four years ago and have been trying to find something to fix the discoloration ever since. This solution is incredible, after just a week the redness evened out, and after two weeks the redness is only heavily apparent when the cold weather dries out my skin. I have oilier combination skin, so I rub a few drops into my fingertips a couple times a day and gently smear it into my skin, let it absorb, and lightly moisturize with Lush's enzymion moisturizer if I'm not too dry, or Kiehl's facial fuel transformer if I'm on the dryer side.
Date published: 2012-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from turns me into a instant a believer! Since there are tons of dark spot corrector in the market, i had hard time finding the right one which does the job but not cause me any break out. and here it is. Kiehl's really does the job. This is a very fast serum which fades my major acne marks away in just 10 days.Even though i have sensitive skin who is afraid of trying new product. I love putting on it every single morning and night. It smells heavenly, and the design of the bottle is just great! It might be a little bit sticky when you first put on, but after 30 seconds, you barely feel anything! truly amazing serum!
Date published: 2012-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow!! So I don't really have dark spots but I do have uneven sensitve skin. I have a lot of redness and pimples take forever to fade. So when I tried this deluxe sample I wasn't really expecting a lot of results... but holy cow what it did for my skin was amazing!! I was shocked at how well this worked to even out my skin tone and reduce the redness. It worked miracles fading old pimple marks too. Overall, my skin just looked soooo much better and radiant. Absorbed well and worked great under makeup. I finished 2 deluxe samples and I'm going to purchase the full size now. Thanks Kiehls!!
Date published: 2012-04-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst Purchase ever! I bought this product based on a blog I read about how this product can assist with reducing dark spots. I have a little sun spot on the side of my face and thought that this product would help. After chatting to the sales agent at the Kiehls counter, she recommended this product for my dark spot. I paid an arm and a leg for this product and was really excited to try it out. I've been using it consistently since January 2016 ( Its June 2016 now) and I haven't noticed any difference in my spot. It looks exactly the same. It has not reduced. Not one bit. I wish I could return this product and get my money back. This was the first product I used in this brand and it will be my last. Don't waste your money
Date published: 2016-06-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I wished it had worked! I have very fair skin, but have several dark spots related to my "pregnancy mask". I used this for about 1 week. I really wanted it to work. Unfortunately it did nothing for my dark spots, but it more or less "highlighted" them by making the rest of my facial skin lighter! So the spots that I was trying to lighten were completely unaffected but the rest of my face was lightened and smoothed out in color. If you read the rest of this review, I will recommend this product to anyone who wants a very fair complexion but doesn't have any residual dark spots from pregnancy or other hormonal skin issues. It won't work on those. Nonetheless, it may be what you're looking for.
Date published: 2015-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product but pricey I bought this serum about 2 months ago after my face got several dark spots and acne scars on my cheeks. Result comes after 4 continuous weeks of using this product AM & PM. I think you need to give a little extra time for every Kiehls product to see the results since they claim to be "free of chemicals". I really like the texture of the serum: fast absorption, light scent, non-greasy, and does not weigh your skin down. I have oily T-zone and this serum also helps control the oil in the area. I use this after the Calendula Herbal Extract Toner and it feels great. The only concern I have for the product is it takes quite a long time to see the result and the price is a little too high.
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from No difference in dark age spots I bought this hoping it would fade the dark age spots on my cheeks and hands. I tried it initially on it's own at night and didn't notice any effect after about a half bottle. I thought that maybe if used it with other Clearly Corrective products the combination would work. I added the Clearly Corrective Toner and Hydrating Moisture Emulsion to my nighttime routine. I used up the whole bottle but even with the added products there was no difference in the dark spots. The only thing I noticed that the tone of my skin was a bit more even.
Date published: 2013-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Product! Don't expect this to work over night, but it does work. I didn't notice the effect it had on my skin until I saw a photo of me without from a year ago and I was amazed at how much better my skin looks (before and after photo for reference)! I'm on my second bottle so I've been using this for awhile. I use it religiously in the morning and at night. However, when I went on vacation for a month and didn't bring it, I found that my dark spots were starting to come back (hence the 4/5 stars). I also didn't give it the full stars because I still have some dark spots that haven't budged.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product really works! I am usually too busy to write reviews, but I had to find the time to review this product. I became an instant fan of Kiehl's. I had a lot of acne spots and blemishes on my face and decided to try this serum out. I have to say that I didnt really notice the results after 2 weeks( might be due to my bad skin) but by the time the bottle was empty I was amazed by how my face looked. Most of the acne spots and blemishes disappeared. I am not ashamed to go out of the house without make up. Thank you KIEHL'S!!!!
Date published: 2012-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It works! I am 58 now, and have had a sun spot next to my eye since my mid 20s. I received a sample of this Dark Spot Solution with one of my orders. I do not use it all over my face. I place a drop on the spot, twice a day,rub it in, let it dry, and then apply my make-up. After about a month, the tiny "mole" in the center of the spot fell off! The rest of the sun spot has faded (let's say dark chocolate to milk chocolate color). I use the Kiehl concealer with 50 SPF on top of it and it's really doing the trick! Pleasantly surprised.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing I LOVE Kiehls. Love it. That's what makes me all the more sad to give this a terrible review. My impression (from reading others' reviews# is that this may be effective for acne scars. If your dark spots are from age or hyperpigmentation from hormones #mine are from birth control and pregnancy#, this does absolutely nothing. It took a while for me to decide whether to justify this purchase because it was so expensive but the I figured I couldn't go wrong because it was Kiehls. So sad I wasted this money.
Date published: 2013-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Patience Is Key I've had multiple dark spots on my face due to acne scars- some were new and some have been there for months. When I used this product I noticed that the new scars healed so much faster. It took about 2 weeks to a month. However, my older scars were much more difficult to clear up. I use this at night and in the morning every single day. You don't need to put a lot on, only a drop or two is sufficient. It's a little pricey depending on which size bottle you get, but it is worth it because it will last you awhile. After using this product for almost 4 months, my older and tougher scars are gone. Yes it may take awhile, but it really does work. You just have to be patient. It's just impossible to find a product that magically removes your dark spots over night, but this serum comes close.
Date published: 2016-05-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dark Spot Solution Fist of all, I have to say I love, love Kiehls. However, this particular product ( Dark Spot Solution) did very little to clear my sun spots. I am unaware if it may be due to me being an olive skin or what. I used it every morning and night and saw very minimal results. For the price I paid, I was expecting better results. I suggest you try a few samples first before purchasing this Dark Spot Solution. All of the others products, I LOVE! ;)
Date published: 2013-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works wonders! I got this as a sample, and I have been applying it on my dark spots trouble area ever since I got it. My dark spot is basically old pimple scar that turned into a dark spot and also other spots occurring with other causes, and I was very skeptical of this product seen as how the reviews weren't all that great. I tried it anyway, and the dark spots are diminishing. Not totally gone just yet, but I can see visible diminishing in size and color, which I don't think is bad for only been using it for about 2 weeks.
Date published: 2015-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's working! Oh, no! Those couldn't be age spots on MY hands. But they were. Sigh! The explanation of how this product works made sense to me--it gets at the cause and breaks up the melanin that collects under the skin. I have been using it pretty faithfully for about five weeks. The spots are not gone but have definitely diminished. I'll keep using it because I think it's going to erase and prevent those little brown spots. Then I can go back to deceiving myself about how old I am.
Date published: 2012-04-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No Results I bought this in March, on the recommendation of one of the salespeople at my local Kiehl's store. She told me some people see results immediately, some see results in months. In an attempt to see if this somewhat expensive product actually works, I began taking pictures of my skin every two weeks after I started using it to see if there was any change. There is NO difference at all in my dark spots or skin after nearly 6 months of daily use. Totally does nothing at all.
Date published: 2015-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have been using this product for two months and I have definitely seen a change in my skin. My skin is softer, especially across the bridge of my nose and cheekbone area where my skin felt a little rough. I had some scars on my face from breakouts and those are now gone. I also had light sun spots which are also gone. I have two spots left that were pretty dark, but they have lightened up a lot and are hard to see. I expect them to be gone with continued use of this product. A little goes a long way so I find this a good value. The only con I could see with this product (not for me, but maybe someone else) is the disappearance of dark spots is not "instant", but it does work. One thing that I did notice immediately was my skin was softer after just a couple of uses.
Date published: 2014-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ONLY one that ever worked! I have fair skin (English background), and fried myself as a teenager (remember baby oil with iodine as a "sun tan lotion"?) so I had lots of dark age spots, especially on my hands, chest and legs. (I'm not discussing freckles, have no idea how this product works there.) In particular, my hands and chest made me look at least a decade older. I tried every single spot corrector on the market, even the most expensive. This is the ONLY product that ever made a difference, and with about a month's usage, my dark spots are almost completely GONE! I wish I had taken "before" pictures, but frankly, I didn't expect this product to work, either. But let me just say this, even my husband and teenaged daughter noticed! I'm a lazy person who selfishly never writes reviews, so please believe me when I say that this worked for me!
Date published: 2015-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great results! I've had problematic skin for most of my adult life. I have discolorations from past blemishes that never seem to go away. After using this for just one week, I started to see improvements and lightening of these areas. After 3 weeks of daily use, my skin is much more even and vibrant! My only complaint is the texture. At first, it begins to go on very smooth and silky, but doesn't spread as far as I feel it should and becomes almost sticky. The stickiness goes away after a 30 seconds or so when the product dries. I only use 5 drops on my face - forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin/neck area - but the product seems to be used up quite quickly. You would expect a bottle this size to last quite some time, but at this rate, it seems it will only last me 6-8 weeks. However, I will purchase again as the results are well worth it!
Date published: 2012-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Being Realistic If I want to have the age spots removed in full, I will have them zapped. in the meantime, I have used this solution as a sample on one hand and not the other. The hand of use looks smoother and younger by comparison, no doubt, and the spots slightly lighter perhaps due to overall context. The hand reminds me of the way my hand looked when I took a combination supplement of Lysine and C, which is supposed to have an effect on collagen. I like it a lot. Subtle but very nice. Also, for those of us now past the age of breakouts (I hope), serums are still far better on the face than creams. I am enjoying this serum on my face--gives a nice glow, a bit of a tightening effect and the right moisture and my one teeny age spot does seem lighter.
Date published: 2012-05-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Why am I so gullible? I have been a Kiehl's customer for twenty years but I never seem to learn my lesson. Nothing I have tried really does what they promise. And yet each time I see something new I throw caution to the wind and shell out my money. I am almost at the end of my bottle of Clearly Corrective...I even purchased the large size to give it a fair shake...and I can honestly say there is absolutely no improvement. Nothing. If you told me it was simply water in that bottle I would totally believe you. I am pathetic.
Date published: 2013-12-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No Visible Results I really, really wanted to like this product but it was a complete dud for me. I had gotten samples of these before and liked how it felt on my skin so an associate recommended I buy the serum because results won't be noticeable for at least a month, which is fair. I applied the serum religiously every morning and every night. It was part of my daily routine everyday for months and I'm so disappointed that there are no visible changes to my skin. The price is also fairly expensive for something that isn't effective.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from it really works I have been using this product for two months and I have definitely seen a change in my skin. My skin is softer, especially across the bridge of my nose and cheekbone area where my skin felt a little rough. I had some scars on my face from breakouts and those are now gone. I also had light sun spots which are also gone. I have two spots left that were pretty dark, but they have lightened up a lot and are hard to see. I expect them to be gone with continued use of this product.
Date published: 2014-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I'm a fan. A friend had three sample vials she passed along for me to try. Those tiny bottles lasted nearly six months (I used very sparingly, only where needed) and I was amazed at how quickly discoloration faded. I imagine the full bottle I recently purchased will go a very long way. My complexion is similar to someone like Halle Berry and I'm prone to hyperpigmentation from even a minor blemish. This product fades most within about two weeks, used in conjunction with a great moisturizer and salicylic acid treatment. Definitely recommend.
Date published: 2014-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Before i started using kiehls my skin was dreadful. After one week of using this serum my face started to clear, and the marks faded. I have VERY fair skin, so it was a blessing. By week two my skin regimen had taken away 11 years of cosmetic tint. I awoke one morning thinking i was dying because i was so pale, then realized my skin tone was now the color of the rest of my body. I use it on any spots that occasionally come about because of my monthly. I have not used makeup since that january, and it has almost been a year
Date published: 2012-11-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overall tone = good; dark spots = bad I have been using this consistently, am and pm, for three months now. Although there is absolutely no reduction in sun spots (in fact, I have gotten several more since starting this product), when used overnight my skin definitely has better tone in the morning. I use this under UFM SPF 15 for day and Cryste Marine Ultra Rich at night. I wish I could give this five stars and rave about how my spots have disappeared; however, the improvement in my skin tone makes this something I will definitely keep in my daily routine.
Date published: 2012-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good product but terrible container! I can't believe I'm writing a complain about this Dark Spot Solution. Be honestly, I like this product with visible effect on my face. I bought 3 bottles of this last Nov. And now I only got one more left because of the terrible container! The dropper is loosen so if whenever something happened, you will lose a great amount of serum! I brought a bottle of it to travel because I thought I can not live without it. I made sure it was tightly closed while I'm packing and guess what, it's like 3/4 bottle was spilled! I thought it might have problem with only that one bottle. But obviously no, my other bottles had the exactly same problem! Use this product with cautious, since if you accidentally run of knock it down, you will lose a great amount of it. And also consider the cost of it!
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greaat Product!!! I've dark patches on my cheeks from an active outdoor lifestyle (sailing, hiking, tennis) and years of under using sun protection (Used SPF 15 instead of higher). I was very very skeptical that a serum would work - have ALWAYS LOVED Kiehl's products (made in the US, natural indredients etc) - so I thought I would give it a try. Within a month, solid patches became spots and spots are beginning to disappear. I've been using it since Feb. 2012 and I see progressive improvements! I've a constant supply and use it after cleansing everyday.
Date published: 2012-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My skin has never been clearer I saw this recommended on xojane, so I asked for it for Christmas to help deal with my acne scars on my chin. I still used to get acne on my face until recently - and it's thanks to this product. I haven't gotten acne since I started using this product twice a day, in fact, I don't have to wear MAKEUP anymore to even out my skin tone. Friends have asked me about how I made my skin so glowing. It's thanks to this product. Just stay consistent.
Date published: 2013-01-09
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