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treatments for dark acne spots

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for treatments for dark acne spots.

Dark spots are a common problem for people of all ages. They can be caused by a number of factors, including sun damage, age, and genetics. If you're dealing with dark spots on your skin, there are ways to lighten them up.


When I tell you this spot treatment works, now to be fair I use this only when I have a break out but with this product my dark acne disappears within 2 days of use. ...Great for those sudden acne spots that you gotta get rid of quick!!...Great Acne Treatment

What it is: Medical-grade spot treatment clinically proven to improve breakouts in one hour. Clears blemishes, reduces redness and prevents future breakouts.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Blemishes, Pores, Oiliness

Formulation: Mask

Highlighted Ingredients:

- Sulfur (10.0%): Reduces and prevents breakouts.

- BHAs: Visibly minimizes and unclogs pores.

- Zinc Oxide: Helps absorb excess oil.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, minera


Great pimple zapper...This really targets breakouts and helps reduce post-acne spots. Gifted by SkinFix....My Holy Grail for acne spot treatment....My Holy Grail for acne spot treatment!!! This reduced redness on and around the area of my acne.

What it is: A clinical-strength, rapid-acting acne treatment that visibly reduces blemish size and redness plus helps prevent new acne pimples from forming.

Skin Type:
Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Redness, and Acne/Blemishes

Highlighted Ingredients:
- 2% Salicylic Acid: Decongests pores to help eliminate excess oil and surface debris.
- 10% Azelaic Acid: Helps fade the look of post-acne hyperpigmentation (acne marks/scars) while visibly improving uneven skin tone.
- 2% Niacinamide: Helps minimize the appearance of pores and regulate sebum.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.


It is lightweight and fits perfectly into my morning and evening skincare routine. It helps target my breakout spots like magic. I received this product free/complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes and I am so glad that I did....I was worried this wouldn’t help my zits but after applying to my skin where I would break out, I find it completely removes the zit without drying or damaging the skin!

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination
✔ Sensitive

What it is:
A powerful treatment with five clinically proven acne-clearing acids to clear existing acne and help prevent future breakouts.

Solutions for:
- Acne
- Oiliness
- Pores

If you want to know more…
This medicated lightweight gel serum is clinically proven to reduce overall acne in just one week. Salicylic acid combines with lysophosphatidic, hydroxydecanoic, sebacic, and glycolic acids in penta-acid technology to clear skin of acne-causing bacteria, oiliness, and blackheads while minimizing dryness and irritation.


This has helped me clear my breakouts so quickly without drying my skin out like other acne treatments tend to do....I occasionally get break outs on my cheeks but I also have rosácea so I was looking for acne treatment that isn’t too harsh and wouldn’t make my rosacea worse.

What it is: A treatment lotion that features two percent salicylic acid and bakuchiol to clear the look of skin and diminish future breakouts for smooth-looking skin.

Skin Type: Combination and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Redness, Uneven Texture, and Acne and Blemishes

Formulation: Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- 2% Salicylic Acid: Targets breakouts and visibly clears skin.
- Bakuchiol: Corrects the look of uneven skin tone.
- Beta Glucan: Diminishes flaky skin.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens and sulfates SLS & SLES. It is also cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This lotion stops breakouts before they begin. It clears the complexion and prevents new pimples from


Gentle and effective, but causes breakouts...It definitely lightens dark spots without being harsh on the skin. I don’t get any dryness or sensitivity from using it, but it does make me break out. ...Great for dark spot...I can see a real difference in the dark spots I get due to breakouts. I was gifted by Murad Skincare but my opinions are my own

What it is: An intensive serum that rapidly reduces the look of dark spots without a prescription. It supports natural surface cell turnover for brighter, more even-looking skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dark Spots, Dullness, and Uneven Texture

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Resorcinol and Tranexamic Acid: Help minimize the appearance of hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone.
- Glycolic Acid: Removes dulling surface cells to enhance radiance and ingredient performance.

Ingredient Callouts: It is cruelty-free.


This spot remover literally removes your acne spots in days! ...Works on Acne Spots...It does indeed work on acne spots! I noticed a visible improvement after one night, and within one week, the spot was essentially gone.

What it is: An acne spot remover that helps quickly fight, fade, and prevent future blemishes for spotless-looking skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Acne and Blemishes, Redness, and Oiliness

Formulation: Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Saw Palmetto: Helps control oil, reduce shine, and prevent breakouts.

What Else You Need to Know: This blemish-fighting formula with saw palmetto and 1.5 percent salicylic acid helps eliminate excess oil that can lead to break outs.


great spot treatment...This is great spot treatment, cleared acne spots in 3 days, better to apply when you get a blemish. ...I love this product! I have dark spots from former acne spots and active pimples and these help calm them down.

What it is: A fast-acting blemish spot treatment that zaps pimples overnight with zero irritation and helps brighten the look of spots from past breakouts.

Skin Type:
Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Acne/Blemishes and Oiliness

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Clay and Sulfur: Absorb excess oil and balance sebum production.
- Willow Bark: Nature's alternative to salicylic acid, it helps calm breakouts and clear pores.
- Azelaic Acid: Helps prevent spots left by past blemishes.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.


I have noticed them get smaller each week. I've also noticed acne spots starting to get lighter. Love it....After using this product for three weeks, I can attest that my skin is visibly brighter, my redness has been reduced and my smaller acne spots I had are gone. I feel confident in my skin and the formula is super light-weight so it makes my skin feel hydrated ri go t away.

What it is: A brightening serum that visibly reduces dark spots and post-acne marks, and tightens the appearance of pores.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dark Spots, Pores, and Uneven Texture

Formulation: Lightweight Serum

Highlighted Ingredients:
- 10% PHA: Provides gentle exfoliation properties to visibly refine and resurface skin.
- Niacinamide: Visibly brightens skin and reduces the appearance of dark spots.
- Beech Bud Extract: Supports skin surface cell renewal properties.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, mineral oil, and SLS & SLES.

What Else You Need to Know: Powered by 10 percent PHA, this serum strikes a balance between resul


Great for dark spots and texture...I also feel like it has erased some of my light sun spots I was starting to see on my cheeks. It does tingle a little when you use it but nothing painful and it didn't irritate my skin....I will say, I do feel like the product did lighten so acne spots fairly quickly and I didn’t notice my skin breaking out with use.

What it is: A silky, pillowy-soft 10 percent multi-acid serum that targets the look of dark spots, uneven tone, dullness, and clogged pores while exfoliating and visibly resurfacing skin overnight.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dark Spots, Dullness, and Uneven Texture

Formulation: Lightweight Serum

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Free-Form and Encapsulated Glycolic and Lactic Acids: Exfoliate immediately and over time to visibly improve texture and tone.
- Piperonyl Glucose: Calms skin, discouraging the appearance of pigmentation and dark spots.
- "Desert Milk" and Beta-Glucan: Soothe, moisturize, soften, and visibly smooth skin.

Ingredient Callouts:<


Removes darks spot...It makes skin tone brighter and removes dark spots I’ve tried as a complementary box...Definitely recommend it for dark spots

What it is: A powerful treatment to visibly soften texture, reduce the appearance of dark spots and fine lines due to dryness, even the look of skin’s tone, and enhance visible radiance.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dullness and Uneven Texture, Dark Spots, and Pores

Formulation: Lightweight Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Pitera™: Contains over 50 micronutrients like vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and natural acids to condition skin.

Ingredient Callouts: Contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances.

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