10 Best Serums for Lightening Dark Spots 2020

A common skin issue some of us face, is dark spots and pigmentation. While they can seem stubborn to get rid of and lighten, you can successfully reduce their appearance using the right skin care products. One of the best types of products to use are serums, as they help deliver high concentrations of specialised active ingredients to the skin.

If you are having issues keep then check out our list of the top best serums for dark spots and pigmentation.

CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum

CeraVe is a cheap and affordable drugstore brand that delivers effective skin care products and their Resurfacing Retinol Serum is no exception. Containing retinol, it has amazing skin resurfacing abilities which not only helps to with skin rejuvenating and pore-refining, but it also helps with brightening the skin. It also contains licorice root extract and niacinamide which are excellent ingredient that work well to reduce pigmentation caused by post-acne scarring.

La Roche-Posay Pure Retinol Face Serum with Vitamin B3

Another amazing serum that also contains retinol is the La Roche-Posay Pure Retinol Face Serum with Vitamin B3. Formulated with Pure + Gradual Release Retinol, Vitamin B3, and Glycerin, it creates a triple anti-aging complex for optimal effectiveness and gentleness which also makes it suitable for sensitive skin. It is great for reducing signs of premature sun damage; giving your skin a brighter and more even tone.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

The Ordinary is a popular skin care brand known for providing high quality and effective skin care ingredients at an affordable price. One of their high selling and most raved about serum is the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. What makes this serum amazing is the high concentration of Niaciniamide which clinical studies have shown to help reduce hyperpigmentation. This serum by the Ordinary is great to use on its own or layering it with other serums. Just make sure not to combine it with vitamin C as Niacinamide can affect integrity of pure-form Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid).

Cos De BAHA Arbutin Niacinamide Serum

The Cos De BAHA Arbutin Niacinamide Serum is a beauty product containing several ingredients that focuses on brightening and lighting dark spots and pigmentation. It’s main ingredient is Arbutin which is safer on your skin than hydroquinone and also medical research has shown it to be extremely effective in treating pigmentations, age spots. It has also been shown to inhibit the negative effects of UV-radiation thanks to its sun protection properties. This is a great serum for treating all types of pigmentation including sun damage and acne scars/blemishes. You will also find this serum very affordable, comparable to the Ordinary.

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + Ha

This is another great serum by the Ordinary. Like the Co De BAHA serum is also contain a form of Arbutin which is excellent for lightening dark spots. In addition to Arbutin, this formula contains a high dose of hyaluronic acid which is known to attracts up to 1000 times its weight in water. We recommend this serum if you are looking for something to reduce the appearance of marks, blemishes, acne scars, hyper-pigmentation, and age spots by inhibiting melanin production.

Eva Naturals Skin Clearing Serum

If you are looking for a brightening serum that not only is powerful and effective but also contains natural plants essences and is cruelty free , then this product is for you. Eva Naturals Skin Clearing Serum helps to even out skin tone using vitamin C, a powerful skin care ingredient that is effective in protecting your skin against free radicals and overall brightening. What is partially great about this product is that it has a high concentration of vitamin C, 20%.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Radiance Serum

Caudalie is a brand known for its effective, clean and sustainable skin care products. The Vinoperfect Brightening Radiance Serum is one of their best selling products, thanks to its effectiveness in brightening skin tone and boosting radiance. We recommend using it with their other skin care products in the Vinoperfect Brightening range to get the best results. According to their clinical studies 94% saw their dark spots reduced and 90% of women saw their skin looking brighter.

Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum

This is a popular luxury serum formulated with a high concentration of 20% vitamin C plus 10% AHA. Not only is this great for brightening and lighten pigmentation but is is great for exfoliating dull dry skin. So not only will you have a more even complexion, but also smoother, softer skin texture. One of its unique and key ingredients is Japanese Angelica Root which it helps reduce the appearance of dark spots, skin discolouration, and post-acne scars. It helps to diffuse accumulated excess melanin, which is a cause of hyperpigmentation, giving you more even skin tone.

Paula’s Choice BOOST C15 Super Booster

Another great Vitamin C product is Paula’s Choice BOOST C15 Super Booster. To help improve the stability of vitamin C, this super booster utilises Ferulic Acid. With the perfect combination of vitamin C, E and Ferulic Acid it helps to visibly reduce the appearance to dark spots and pigmentation to give you brighter and even looking complexion. What is particularly great about this booster serum is that you can use it on its own or mix it in with your favourite moisturizer.

L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Glycolic Acid Serum

If you are looking for serum this not only lightens dark spots but also has anti-aging benefit then L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Glycolic Acid Serum is a must-try. It contains 10% glycolic acid which is great for gently resurfacing and exfoliating the skin. This can help assist in skin renewal which results in reduced appearance of dark spots and wrinkles.