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What it is: A brightening face serum that helps reduce the look of dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and post-acne marks.
Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily
Skincare Concerns: Dark Spots, Dullness, and Uneven Texture
- Activated C (a Potent form of Vitamin C): Reduces the look of dark spots and visibly evens skin tone.
- White Birch Extract: Evens skin tone.
- Peony Extract: Helps protect against oxidative damage.
Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance.
What Else You Need to Know: This lightweight brightening face serum is formulated with a potent form of vitamin C, salicylic acid, and peony extract to help visibly reduce hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and post-acne marks.
Clinical Results: In an expert grading in a 12-week clinical test on 104 subjects, after using one bottle of our dark spot corrector*:
- 97% saw a visible reduction in hyperpigmentation
- 97% saw a visible reduction in dark spots
- 87% saw a visible reduction in post-acne marks
In an expert grading in a 12-week clinical test on 104 subjects, 17 women with all skin types showed:
- 49% visible reduction in hyperpigmentation
- 39% visible reduction in dark-spots color
- 27% visible reduction in post-acne marks
The dark spot corrector has been tested on all ethnicities and is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.*
*This product was tested on a multi-ethnic panel equally distributed: 25% African American, 25% Asian, 25% Caucasian, 25% Hispanic
-Use serum morning and night during your skincare routine after cleansing and before your moisturizer.
-Apply serum over entire face or use as a spot treatment.
-For optimal results, apply a daily sunscreen.
-Activated C (a Potent form of Vitamin C): Reduces the look of dark spots and visibly evens skin tone.
-White Birch Extract: Evens skin tone.
-Peony Extract: Helps protect against oxidative damage.
Aqua/Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Peg/Ppg/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Ppg-6-Decyltetradeceth-30, Phenoxyethanol, Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Potassium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil/Lavender Oil, Disodium Edta, Adenosine, Linalool, Butylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Citrus Aurantium Tachibana Peel Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract.
Clean at Sephora products are formulated without the following banned or restricted ingredients (please see Clean at Sephora landing page for full list of specific restrictions and allowances by category—this is not an exhaustive list):
Acrylates, Aluminum Salts, Animal Musks/Fats/Oils, Benzophenones and related compounds, Butoxyethanol, Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) under 0.1%, Carbon Black or Black 2, Coal Tar, Ethanolamines, Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde Releasing Agents, Hydroquinone, Lead and Lead Acetate, Mercury + Mercury Compounds (Thimerisol), Methoxyethanol, Methyl Cellosolve, Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone, Mineral Oil, Nanomaterials (restrictions for specific nanomaterials only), Oxybenzone, Parabens, Petrolatum and Paraffin (USP grade only), Phenoxyethanol under 1%, Phthalates, Plastic Microbeads, Polyacrylamide & Acrylamide, Resorcinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Styrene, Sulfates, Talc (no detection of asbestos), Toluene, Triclosan and Triclocarban, Undisclosed Synthetic Fragrance (under 1% and formulated without Acetaldehyde, Acetone, Acetonitrile, Benzalkonium chloride, BPA, EDTA, Methylene chloride, PTFE, PFOA), 1,4-Dioxane (ingredients must comply with impurity thresholds), Octinoxate, PFAS compounds, Nitromusks and Polycyclic Musks, Ethoxylated Ingredients (including PEGS or polyethylene glycol must meet contamination limits for 1,4-Dioxane and ethylene oxide), Cyclic Silicones, EDTA and derivatives (allowed if no technical substitute under 0.2%).
About the Brand
Kiehl’s began as an apothecary in New York City‘s East Village neighborhood. For over 165 years, we have been dedicated to serving healthy skincare for all, utilizing the most advanced technologies and uniquely efficacious, naturally derived ingredients. Kiehl's takes a prescriptive, individualized approach to help customers find the formulas they need to target specific skin concerns and maintain a strong skin barrier for healthier-looking skin. Committed to a future Made Better, we strive to improve the quality of the communities we serve by reducing our environmental impact, formulating responsibly, and supporting philanthropic causes worldwide – including environmental awareness, LGBTQ inclusivity, racial diversity and equality, as well as feeding families in need.
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