Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector Review

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Spots and discolorations on our skin are totally natural, but that doesn’t mean we always like them. Whether it’s with something like freckles which you’ve always had, or sun spots that appear over time, do you find yourself constantly using cover up to hide those marks?

Rather than spend lots of time and money trying to hide your skin, maybe it’s time to consider getting rid of the marks completely with a simple fix. Proactiv has been in the skincare market since 1995. They work with dermatologists to ensure that customers’ skin gets safe and healthy care. And with the Dark Spot Corrector serum, Proactiv hopes to solve your problem of unflattering blemishes.  

What Are Dark Spots?

Woman with freckles and dark spots looking down.

Dark spots.

Dark spots are an inevitable consequence of aging and generally occur as a result of exposure to the sun, specifically UV light. People with lighter hair or skin, as well as those who have gotten a lot of sunburns over the years, are more likely to experience dark spots. If you notice them appearing it might be a good idea to have a dermatologist check them out, but normally they’re not dangerous.

The spots can be anywhere from very light to a darker brown or black. Typically small, dark spots can form next to each other to give the appearance of a larger section of dark spots too. Because they are often related to sun exposure, dark spots most often appear in areas frequently exposed to the sun such as your back, shoulders, arms, the back of your hands, and of course, your face.

But how exactly do dark spots appear? They happen when our bodies produce too much melanin, which gives skin pigmentation. Aside from standard UV radiation exposure from the sun or tanning beds, some medicines can lead to dark spots because they can make your body more sensitive to the sun. Examples include estrogens, certain antibiotics, and phenothiazines, which are used to treat mental health disorders. Pregnancy can also lead to dark spots forming as well. Dark spots are generally totally safe, but often people opt to remove them for personal aesthetic reasons. Removal can be achieved with medication or via a medical procedure such as laser treatment.

Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector Ingredients Breakdown

If you’re someone who doesn’t want age spots but also doesn’t want to undergo any invasive procedures, Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector is a good product to turn to. Here’s a breakdown of some of the ingredients, so that you know what you’re actually putting on your skin. Hydroquinone is an ingredient that is safe to use to bleach and lighten skin. They’ve also mixed in some alcohol denat. This can help your body to absorb the ingredients in the product and make it feel lighter on your face.

PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil is used as an emulsifier to blend water and oil. It also adds a scent to the cream. Hippophae rhamnoides oil is used to treat sunburns and skin damage. Finally, citric acid helps your skin products to have the proper pH levels and removes dead skin cells.

Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector Review

Bottle of Proactiv Advanced Dark Spot Correcting Serum.

Proactiv Advanced Dark Spot Correcting Serum.

The Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector is designed to lessen the appearance of spots, pigments, blotches, freckles, and other discolored markings. It can also help reduce marks left over from acne breakouts and helps fade freckles and age spots. The corrector will soothe your skin and won’t leave you with clogged pores. And according to Proactiv, it’s the strongest skin-lightening medicine available for purchase without a prescription from a doctor.

In order to use, first wash your skin. Then take a dab of the serum and rub it into the area you are trying to correct. If you’re using it in conjunction with Proactiv’s 3-Step System, apply it in between steps 2 and 3. You should notice a difference, but if you don’t see any improvement after three months of applying the serum, stop using it. Proactiv recommends staying out of the sun when possible. You should also be using a sunscreen or moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15. You can even wear the serum under makeup. 

Does Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector Work?

African American woman with clear skin.

Woman with clear skin.

I always want to check out what other people are saying before investing in a new product. I looked into some customer reviews of the Dark Spot Corrector to see exactly what people are saying  and if customers are satisfied with their purchase. It’s important to use the product consistently in order to see results. Results should be noticeable for most people after just a few weeks. 

However, I was surprised to see reviews from customers stating that the serum had no impact on their skin. While Proactiv has certainly made a name for itself in the skincare world, each person reacts to products differently. It’s best to consult with a dermatologist before beginning any treatments for your skin.  So, do I recommend Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector? It’s very possible that Proactiv’s product will work wonders for you, but there’s really no way to know for sure until you try it.


You can develop dark spots anywhere on your body but you’re most likely to have them on areas of skin that are exposed to the sun. Unfortunately, this means that dealing with dark spots on your face is a common issue. The fact that they’re mostly harmless means that there aren’t many non-cosmetic procedures to reverse the damage, but there are things that you can do to lessen the appearance. That’s where Proactiv’s Dark Spot Corrector comes into action.

The wide array of ingredients in the Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector mean that it’s armed to reduce the appearance of dark spots on your face. That being said, everyone reacts to products differently so proceed with caution. It’s not going to work miracles, but it will do what it can to brighten your complexion. And personally, I’m grateful.