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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.


Great for those sudden acne spots that you gotta get rid of quick!!...Great at clearing up acne spots....Great Acne Treatment...Helps to clear up spots

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


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. ...This really targets breakouts and helps reduce post-acne spots. Gifted by SkinFix.

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.


For the past year I have been dealing with hormonal acne. Nothing I tried worked (even other murad spot treatment products). ...It works! I put this on as a spot treatment and my cystic acne mountain bump on my cheek dried up and flattened in 3 hours!

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.


It works great as a spot treatment...I am trying to fade couple of post-acne spots and so far so good. They definitely look lighter and not as prominent. ...I have sunspots and dark acne spots left behind from previous acne.

What it is: A targeted, daily concentrate with 21 percent brightening agents to help fade the look of stubborn dark spots, such as sun spots, age spots, post-acne scars, and melasma, before, during, and after dark spot formation.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dark Spots, and Dullness and Uneven Texture

Formulation: Lightweight Serum

Highlighted Ingredients:
- 10% Azelaic Acid Derivative: Water soluble and more tolerated version of azelaic acid that visibly brightens skin tone.
- 3% Tranexamic Acid: Clinical-grade acid, widely used in dermatology to prevent discoloration.
- 2% Phytic Acid: A resurfacing ingredient derived from rice to exfoliate skin.


I love this retinol as it is in a cream formula and relatively gentle but effective when it comes to reducing my acne scaring. Not an overwhelming sent and I use it once to twice a week in the evening. ...If you have very sensitive skin and are very acne prone, the fact this has such a low dose of retinol (.05) is perfect.

What it is: A nightly 0.5% retinoid serum made for all skin types that visibly improves fine lines, dark spots, texture, and tone all while nourishing skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dark Spots, Fine Lines and Wrinkles, and Uneven Texture

Formulation: Lightweight Cream

Highlighted Ingredients:
- 0.5% Retinyl Sunflowerate: Composed of retinol and sunflower seed fatty acids.
- Stevia Extract: Smooths the look of skin and fine lines.
- Mondo Grass Root Extract: Humectant, helps skin hold onto moisture.

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

What Else You Need to Know: This serum includes hardworking

The INKEY ListMandelic Acid Treatment

ITEM: 2530731

Size: 0.5 oz/ 15 mL

243 Reviews


Saw a major difference in my acne spots within a month. I recommend taking a bit on your finger and dabbing it on to the scar instead of just putting it on the scar. ...I used this product over a week and it definitely lightened dark acne spots. Results take about a 3 or more days to fully show.

What it is: A clinically shown, fast-acting, targeted formula that reduces the look of hyperpigmentation and discoloration left behind by blemishes.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dark Spots and Acne and Blemishes

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Mandelic Acid 10%: Reduces the appearance of dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and post-blemish marks.
- Glycerin 2%: Hydrates skin and draws in moisture.
- Encapsulated Retinol 0.1%: Helps fade the appearance of dark spots and discoloration.

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


This retinoid helps to improve my post acne scars. Plus I mentioned that the dark spots become less visible and wrinkles are fading. ...After using this for a few weeks now I've noticed a huge improvement in my skin's texture and my acne spots. The formula is very lightweight and absorbs into the skin very quickly.

What it is: A lightweight resurfacing treatment that boosts clarity and helps visibly even skin texture and tone for more balanced skin with a healthy glow.

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Retinoid, Hexylresorcinol, and Niacinamide: A clinically backed blend that visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles and diminishes the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation while being gentle to skin.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens and mineral oil. It is also cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This fast-absorbing treatment is formulated with a blend of a retinoid, hexylresorcinol, and niacinamide to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles and diminish the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. The formula is ef


This was the first retinol that I’ve ever used. I have combo acne prone skin. After 2 months I noticed my acne has cleared up significantly And my skin looked tighter. ...My wrinkles, melasma, fine lines, and dark spots are fading. I feel like my acne is going away and my pores are minimizing but I am also using other products mentioned.

What it is: A Retinol Youth Renewal trio that includes a serum, an eye serum, and a night cream for smoother, younger looking skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Dullness, and Loss of Firmness and Elasticity

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Retinol Tri-Active Technology: Helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Cotton Wool Grass Extract: Hydrates.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Hydrates to visibly plump and minimize dryness.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, mineral oil, oxybenzone, and sulfates SLS & SLES. These products are also gluten-free and cruelty-free.


It has made a lot of my dark spots from sun damage disappear and lightened the much darker ones....Anyway, amazing product if you have dark spots, uneven texture, and fine lines. When I travel, my skin tends to get acne prone or dry or dull and this has really helped combat all of those things!

What it is: An award-winning visibly resurfacing liquid—in a mini size—that works overnight to diminish the look of wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and dullness while visibly improving skin tone and texture.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dark Spots, Fine Lines and Wrinkles, and Dullness

Formulation: Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Clinical Grade Glycolic Acid 5%: Accelerates skin’s renewal process by dissolving the bonds that hold dead skin cells together, enhancing the look of luminosity and clarity.
- Licorice Root Extract: Supplies antioxidants and soothes skin, visibly reducing pigmentation.


I saw an improvement in my fine lines and dark spots too! I was gifted by facegym....This is just a tip because it's so precious you don't want to miss any spot during the application. Definitely a great treatment!

What it is: A first-to-market vegan-collagen formula plus a mini hydrating serum for visibly smooth, radiant, youthful skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dark Spots, Fine Lines and Wrinkles, and Loss of Firmness and Elasticity

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Sh-Polypeptide-123: Visibly minimizes fine lines and wrinkles for smoother-, firmer-looking skin.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Improves skin's overall appearance by boosting visible radiance and moisture levels.

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

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