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The retinol in this night oil will help reduce the visibility of your dark spots over time while also working to help erase the acne you've already got.
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, $105, available at Sephora.
This one comes with a hefty price tag, but it's well worth the money. The serum targets spots fast and leaves your face with an immediate glow.
Shiseido White Lucent MicroTargeting Spot Corrector, $130, available at Shiseido.
Products labeled as brightening — or, whitening in some Asian countries — often get a bad rep. But they're acne scars' worst enemies as they're formulated to rid your visage of pesky marks. This treatment from GlamGlow isn't necessarily something you can use every day, but you can whip it out weekly in addition to the other mainstays on this list.
GlamGlow Flashmud Brightening Treatment, $69, available at Sephora.
One of the big issues with acne-scar treatments is that you have to do some serious sleuthing to find the right products — very few brands mention "acne scars" on their labels. Most use ambiguous descriptions and names that hint at brightening, evening the skin tone, or addressing hyperpigmentation.
One of the few exceptions is this straight-to-the-point tube from Clean & Clear. It uses a known acne-fighting ingredient — salicylic acid — to help treat pimples and lessen post-breakout marks. A two-for-one deal, for the price of a coffee and a croissant from that fancy spot down the block — you can't beat that.
Clean & Clear Advantage Mark Treatment, $7.97, available at Walmart.
Modeled after the most popular treatment in aesthetician-to-the-stars Kate Somerville's Beverly Hills clinic, the original DermalQuench Liquid Lift has the bonus, unadvertised side effect of minimizing the duration and healing time of zits.
The latest iteration has the added benefit of retinol. While it's touted as a wonder anti-wrinkle ingredient, it's also less commonly noted for its hyperpigmentation-disappearing powers. The lightweight texture and unique delivery system also make it kind of fun to apply.
Kate Somerville DermalQuench Liquid Lift + Retinol, $98, available at Kate Somerville.