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Smarter Review: Top 5 Best Dark Spot Correctors of 2017

Critical Facts About Dark Spot Correctors and How to Find the Best

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Dark Spot Corrector 101: What Retin-A can do for your skin

Some dark spots may be harmless to your health but can definitely have an effect on your looks. If you have ever been in the sun at any point in your life then chances are you're familiar with dark spots, and how they can develop over time. Dark spots are points of hyper-pigmented skin stemming from an increase of melanin, most prominently connected to sun exposure.

They usually appear on sun-exposed areas like the face, hands, shoulders, and chest. They are all basically the same thing but can carry different names.

  • Age spots

  • Liver spots

  • Sun Spots

Not to be confused with moles, which are more raised in appearance, darker, and should be monitored regularly by a doctor or dermatologist. Dark spot correctors can help to improve the appearance of pigmentation caused by melanin in other skin types that are not necessarily related to UV rays*.

What Dark Spot correctors Do

These products work to lighten the appearance of surface-level spots on the skin. We found that a quality dark spot correctors not only lightens the appearance of dark spots but also enhances the overall look and feel of skin, reinforcing a youthful and healthy glow. Dark spots can be related to the following types of occurrences:

  • Age, liver, sun spots
  • Skin discolorations
  • Freckles or dots
  •  Blemishes
  •  Scars
  •  Wrinkled skin

Read the label if you want to maximize your money's worth. We found the following crucial things to look for and avoid when it came to pinpointing the most beneficial maneuvers regarding hyper-pigmentation of the epidermis.

The Top Three OCCURRENCES of Dark Spots

  • UV ray exposure - too much time in the sun without sufficient sun block*
  • Hormonal changes from life events such as pregnancy or menopause*
  • Trauma to the skin from certain burns or other effects upon the skin*

    List of ingredients in a dark spot Corrector:

    • Retin-A (Retinoids)*
    • Hyaluronic acid*
    • Aloe vera*
    • Ginkgo biloba*
    • Nutgrass*
    • Seaweed*
    • Milk thistle*
    • Green tea*
    • Vitamins (especially C and E)*
    • Essential Oils*

    List of ingredients to avoid:

    • Hydroquinone*
    • Steroids*
    • Mercury*
    • Parabens*
    • Mineral Oils*
    • Alcohol*
    • Phthalates*
    • Neurotoxins*
    • Dioxane*
    • Fragrances*
    • Padimate-O*

    Top 5 BEST Dark Spot correctors of 2017

    Based on our own extensive research, the metrics provided by our Smarter Reviews Ranking System, and consideration of numerous reviews by Smarter Shoppers just like you, we've compiled a list of what we've found to be the top five products in 
    this category, on the market today.

    Review

    Meladerm

    Total Ranking

    143 votes

    8.9/10

    B+

    Overall Grade

    • Ingredient Safety
    • 8.7/10

    • Category Average
    • 8.9/10

    • Projected Effectiveness
    • 8.8/10

    • Category Average
    • 8/10

    • Value
    • 8.6/10

    • Category Average
    • 7.8/10

    • Return Policy
    • 9.2/10

    • Category Average
    • 8/10

    • Customer Satisfaction
    • 9.1/10

    • Category Average
    • 7.5/10

    Vote and Review

    5/10

    PROS

    • Contains some Retin-A (low levels)*
    • Made with natural extracts, such as, mulberry root, bearberry, and licorice*
    • No hydroquinone*

    CONS

    • Does not work for all skin types*
    • Expensive per fluid ounce*
    • Gigawhite™ contains alchemilla vulgaris extract, a chemical filler that can make skin feel uncomfortable*
    • Not enough of the actual spot fading ingredient alpha arbutin (alpha arbutin is derived from the bearberry bush and is considered the safe alternative to hydroquinone)*
    • Contains urea, which is a component of urine*
    The Bottom Line

    Some Smarter Shoppers have stated that they feel this particular product has great potential as a dark spot corrector. Most users found that the price and also the various questionable ingredients in the product, (such as alchemilla vulgaris extract and Glycereth Stearate) outweigh the slight results they experienced. For some, this formula also seemed related to reviewers with dry-to-combination-type skin experiencing uncomfortable effects (likely due to irritants like alchemilla vulgaris extract and urea).

    *Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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    Review

    Whitenicious

    Total Ranking

    256 votes

    8.4/10

    B

    Overall Grade

    • Ingredient Safety
    • 9.7/10

    • Category Average
    • 8.9/10

    • Projected Effectiveness
    • 9.3/10

    • Category Average
    • 8/10

    • Value
    • 6.8/10

    • Category Average
    • 7.8/10

    • Return Policy
    • 8.2/10

    • Category Average
    • 8/10

    • Customer Satisfaction
    • 7.9/10

    • Category Average
    • 7.5/10

    Vote and Review

    5/10

    PROS

    • Has coconut oil which moisturizes the skin*
    • Provides SPF 15 coverage for the skin*

    CONS

    • Made with phenoxyethanol, a chemical preservative*
    • Developed by a pop star, not a doctor or skin care professional*
    • Not ideal for those with a combination-to-oily skin type*
    • Controversial because it is used and branded as an overall skin whitener for individuals that tend to have darker skin*
    • Contains a known carcinogen tetrasodium EDTA*
    The Bottom Line

    Although this product is made with coconut, grapeseed, and avocado seed oils, they were not particularly effective in visibly lightening the look of dark spots and other signs of hyper-pigmentation. Smarter Shoppers reported the look of glowing skin, and appreciated the moisturizing properties from the oils—however some users that have combination-to-oily skin found the product to enhance the feeling of oiliness or discomfort on their skin. Others felt more pronounced discomfort, possibly due to ingredients like tetrasodium EDTA and/or citric acid.

    *Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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    Review

    Laser Fx Bright Serum

    Total Ranking

    442 votes

    8.3/10

    B

    Overall Grade

    • Ingredient Safety
    • 9.4/10

    • Category Average
    • 8.9/10

    • Projected Effectiveness
    • 8.6/10

    • Category Average
    • 8/10

    • Value
    • 8.1/10

    • Category Average
    • 7.8/10

    • Return Policy
    • 8.2/10

    • Category Average
    • 8/10

    • Customer Satisfaction
    • 7.4/10

    • Category Average
    • 7.5/10

    Vote and Review

    5/10

    PROS

    • Made with botanical extracts such as lavender and rosewood*
    • Contains hyaluronic acid*

    CONS

    • Contains phenoxyethanol*
    • Not enough product in bottle to solidify effectiveness for users*
    • Is not effective on the appearance of scars as reported by some Smarter Shoppers*
    The Bottom Line

    On average, one out of three Smarter Shoppers reported the appearance of visibly brighter dark spots, while other saw very little difference, or even some adverse occurrences. This product contains natural extracts and vitamin C, which is quite beneficial for healthier skin, but the use of phenoxyethanol (a chemical preservative), detracted from the nutrients. Many users said they needed more product per bottle to see a visible effect on looks, so the price per bottle was too high.

    *Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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    Review

    100% Pure Dark Spot "Remover"

    Total Ranking

    439 votes

    7.4/10

    C

    Overall Grade

    • Ingredient Safety
    • 8.2/10

    • Category Average
    • 8.9/10

    • Projected Effectiveness
    • 6.2/10

    • Category Average
    • 8/10

    • Value
    • 8.1/10

    • Category Average
    • 7.8/10

    • Return Policy
    • 7.7/10

    • Category Average
    • 8/10

    • Customer Satisfaction
    • 6.9/10

    • Category Average
    • 7.5/10

    Vote and Review

    5/10

    PROS

    • Contains natural ingredients*
    • No hydroquinone*

    CONS

    • Not designed for all skin types*
    • Some complaints that say it does not help*
    • No money-back guarantee*
    The Bottom Line

    The price of this product was right on target for many Smarter Shoppers, but the weak formula did not make the cut for everyone. This dark spot corrector is full of natural ingredients and extracts but does not have the key ingredients to successfully fade the appearance of dark spots. This formula also contains two types of red algae that includes carrageenan, which are questionable ingredients and possibly unhealthy in human cells.

    *Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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    Review

    Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum

    Total Ranking

    529 votes

    7.1/10

    C-

    Overall Grade

    • Ingredient Safety
    • 8.5/10

    • Category Average
    • 8.9/10

    • Projected Effectiveness
    • 7.2/10

    • Category Average
    • 8/10

    • Value
    • 7.3/10

    • Category Average
    • 7.8/10

    • Return Policy
    • 6.5/10

    • Category Average
    • 8/10

    • Customer Satisfaction
    • 6.2/10

    • Category Average
    • 7.5/10

    Vote and Review

    5/10

    PROS

    • Contains vitamin C*

    CONS

    • Made with Hydroquinone, a known carcinogen*
    • More expensive than other similar products*
    • Contains possible skin irritants such as sodium metabisulfite and sodium sulfite*
    • Some concerns of risk surrounding the use of PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil on skin*
    • Medicinal smell was reported by Smarter Shoppers*
    • Synthetic irritants and fragrant extracts like limonene and linalool are used*
    The Bottom Line

    Although our Smarter Shoppers love the trusted name of Dr. Murad, this formula contains hydroquinone. It is used in many products as an effective ingredient for lessening the appearance of hyper-pigmentation in the skin, however the product is still being tested for its safety level on skin. Many concerned physicians deem this ingredient a carcinogen. In terms of the actual serum, users enjoyed the texture of the serum but not the scent, with most describing it as having a noticeable medicinal smell.

    *Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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    Citations

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    2. World Watch Magazine Jan/Feb 1999, Volume 12, No. 1. 24 May 2010 http://www.worldwatch.org/node/764.
    3. Draelos ZD. Dermatologic Therapy. 2007;20:308.
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    5. Goldstein BG, et al. http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed Aug. 24, 2015.

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