Shoppers Are Using This $24 Brightening Serum to Fade Acne Scars, Melasma, and Age Spots
This story originally appeared on InStyle.com.
Sometimes, skin care can feel like an endless cycle: Your skin feels too dry, but when you try to counterbalance it with certain products, it somehow gets oily. Or, maybe you finally rid your skin of breakouts only to then need to treat the scarring left in their wake. The good news is that it is possible to narrow down your regimen to products that address your concerns once and for all, putting a stop to the hamster wheel of skin care.
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As an overall best-seller in Amazon's category of facial peels, this serum is runner up to none other than the TikTok-approved Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Exfoliant Duo. In other words, that's some pretty stiff competition to be in the immediate shadow of—but one look through the reviews it's garnered and you'll see why it's among such impressive company.
The formula—which brings together salicylic acid, azelaic acid, lactic acid, and vitamin C—helps to brighten and fade dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and melasma by causing dark spots to peel, revealing brighter and more even skin. While the brand does stand behind it's claim to provide results within just four weeks when used as directed, there is a slight catch: Customers say it does get worse before it gets better.
"This solution turns the spots much darker and even creates a sort of scab before flaking and peeling off to reveal healthy skin underneath," one shopper said. "I used the solution in the morning and at night, only on the dark spots, and looked like I'd been attacked by a clawed cat for about two weeks. Then the spots finally flaked and peeled off. Would I do it again? Definitely."
So, if you're trying to fade a spot for a big event in just days, this may not be the best choice for you. But, if you're willing to push through the less-than-desirable phase to get to the results proven by reviewer's before and after photos, then it could be just what you need. "I never write reviews, but I have to for this product because it is so amazing," one shopper said. "About a year ago I got horrible melasma on my upper lip. It was so dark that everyone kept saying that I had dirt on my face. I was embarrassed and would not leave the house without trying to cover it up. I tried every product you can think of and spent hundreds of dollars trying to get rid of and nothing worked. I came across this product and thought why not, I'll try it. Thank god I did! In just one night I noticed how my dark spots were already fading. After a week, you can barely even notice that I had such dark spots on my lip."
If you're ready to give your complexion a reset without breaking the bank, head to Amazon to get the brightening serum shoppers are swearing by while it's on sale for $24.