Zero in on blemishes with these targeted serums and concentrates – some even have anti-inflammatory properties to prevent new ones from forming.
Best for: ACNE-PRONE AND SENSITIVE SKIN
Estee Lauder Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening Spot Correcting Essence, $170.
Tackle dark spots and sallowness at the same time with this serum. The quick-absorbing formula also has anti-inflammatory ingredients to keep irritation at bay so spots can heal and fade quicker.
Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Blanc Pur Couture Concentrate, $119.
If you’re prone to acne scars and blemishes, this is a great option. It calms inflammation and reduces redness instantly. The key ingredient, peony flower, is rich in antioxidants and reportedly helps break down melanin to lighten spots in the long run.
Great for: DRY, IRRITATED SKIN
Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector & Optimizer, $135.
Get double the brightening benefits with this product that dispenses two serums simultaneously. One works to lighten dark spots while the other calms inflammation, a potential cause of pigmentation, with a cocktail of soothing ingredients such as gyokuro (the highest grade of Japanese green tea) extract.
Shiseido White Lucent Microtargeting Spot Corrector, $155.
Find most spotbusting serums too drying? This smart serum is designed to specifically target and break down dark spots – even minute ones – without drying out the surrounding area. At the same time, it encourages skin cell renewal to brighten dull complexions.
Great for: ROUGH OR SUNDAMAGED SKIN
SK-II Genoptics Spot Essence, $82.
This light, watery essence has Pitera, the brand’s signature ingredient, to refine skin texture as well as kelp extract, said to enhance the skin’s renewal process. Look forward to a smoother, clearer complexion
Chanel Le Blanc Intensive Whitening Spot Treatment – Day and Night Duo, $134.
If you’re out in the sun a lot, this treatment duo is a must-have. The day treatment promises to protect against UV damage, while the night treatment is said to regulate melanin production while you snooze. Both are packaged in pen-like tubes with cooling ceramic applicators.