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    Updated on Sep 13, 2019. Posted on Sep 23, 2018

    18 Products Designed To Help You Get A More Even Skin Tone

    Whether you have acne scars, sun spots, or dark spots you'd like to minimize, these products are here to the rescue.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A moisturizer that combines retinol, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and SPF 30 to target dark spots.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "For the past five years, I've had pretty severe acne, and nothing I tried seemed to work, until I tried the Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair (day and night). I initially started to use it for the marks on my face. Within the first week of using it I noticed results, and I also noticed that I had no new breakouts. The moisturizers did not clog my skin or made it overly oily. My skin quickly absorbed it and left it feeling very smooth. The only bad thing I have to say about this moisturizer is that it caused the area around my eyes to burn and some redness occurred. Tip: use a soft bristle brush to gently scrub your face about three times a week." —Rasheed Ali

    Get it from Amazon for $17.84+ (available in night and SPF 30).

    2. A serum with 2.5% retinol formulated to boost collagen production and fade discoloration. (Just be careful and start using this product slowly — and always use a sunscreen before heading outside!)

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love this product. I purchased it a little over a month ago and took some time to use it before giving my opinion. You only need a small amount of of the product to cover most of your face. It goes on smooth and dries quickly. I have seen an improvement in my complexion. My lines and wrinkles are smoother, but overall my skin tone is better, and it's a more even color. I have also seen less blemishes. You can’t beat the price for the performance of this product. I have tried other retinol serums that are more expensive, and they are not better as far as results." —MSaxon

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    3. A cocoa butter fade cream with vitamin E that'll keep your face moisturized on even the coldest days, so your skin can work to repair itself.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I started getting slight dark areas on my cheekbones. I've only been using this product for about two weeks, and the areas are evening out already. My whole overall complexion has evened out, and my skin looks much healthier. I had only planned on using this cream until the spots were gone, but after seeing the results on the rest of my face, this is my new day and night moisturizer." —dbdeck

    Get it from Amazon for $6.62+.

    4. A splurgeworthy Sunday Riley lactic acid treatment with a cult following and more than 1,500 five-star reviews praising its ability to make your skin look even better than it ever has.

    instagram.com / Via Sunday Riley

    Think of it as an investment that will save you money on concealer and foundation in the future!

    Promising review: "This product is amazing! I got a facial at Sephora with Good Genes and the U.F.O Face Oil mixed together and noticed a huge difference in my skin a few hours latter. I suffered from redness on my cheekbones and dark spots from pass acne, but these two products made my skin so clear and bright. I was amazed the redness had completely gone away, and my skin looked soft and smooth, and the dark spots had faded. My skin had such a clear complexion, even my pores had tightened up. I’m in love. Thanks, Sunday Riley, for making me feel beautiful and not having to use concealer!!!! I will forever be buying this product because it is truly worth every penny!" —all4oneOC

    Get it from Sephora for $158.

    5. A multi-use oil with seemingly magic powers that'll make you say, "Scars? I don't know her."

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I swear by this product. It's very effective on discolored skin due to scarring. I had shingles on my face brought on by stress because we were moving. It ravaged the lower right side of my face, and I was pretty sure it was going to leave hideous scarring. I bought this and started applying it when I started scabbing and still haven't stopped using it til now. I had my shingles in April, and it's August now and my skin looks way better. It works." —twitch

    Get it from Amazon for $8.92+ (available in three sizes).

    6. A brightening scrub formulated to illuminate your skin as it combines natural soy extract and microbeads to eliminate all that gunk you don't need.

    Ulta

    Promising review: "I began using this exfoliator face wash after i had a really bad skin reaction to a different face wash, and I haven't used another face wash since. I have sensitive, combination dry skin, and this hasn't given me any problem. It gets the job done after cleansing, doesn't leave my face feeling dry and tight, and it even BRIGHTENS and evens my skin tone. I would recommend to people with similar skin types, especially because its also affordable." —Jocey

    Get it from Ulta for $8.99.

    7. A rescue mask great for people with sensitive skin and/or rosacea — it's designed to soothe and reduce redness, irritation, itchiness, and inflammation.

    instagram.com / Via Ren Skincare, Sephora

    Promising review: "So this mask is amazing. As someone who has ridiculously sensitive skin, I was told it actually helps your skin feel less pain because of the mushroom extract that is in it. I've used it for flare-ups and irritation, and it actually works. Within 10 minutes, my flare-up was pretty much reduced and the redness was almost gone. My skin felt hydrated but not oily. It just felt perfect and calm. This is a must-have for anyone and everyone. I use it after my morning shower, before putting on makeup, and I actually have to use less concealer and foundation. If you have any doubts about this mask, just buy it and try it, I promise you won't regret it." —Navarrah

    Get it from Sephora for $42.

    8. A fade cream that targets dark spots and discoloration.

    Walgreens

    Recommended application is two times a day, and results are said to be noticed after two weeks of use.

    Promising review: "The battle of the age spots. It is what really ages me. I'm fair-skinned and spent my life in the sun. Whether it's the beach, pool, gardening, or walking, I'm always in the sun. Of course now I use sunscreen, but the damage of a life without it is done. I've tried several products for age spots and find this to be my new favorite. I've spent 10 times as much on a product and did not see the results that I have seen with Ambi fade cream. The price is so right." —Anonymous

    Get it from Walgreens for $6.79.

    9. A volcanic pore-cleansing foam you'll be ~erupting~ with joy after using because it will make your skin feel so good.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is the second time I've purchased this product. It's one of my very favorites. I have pale, sensitive, combination skin, and I occasionally get cystic acne on my chin. This cleansing foam smells great and feels great! It foams up into a really smooth, soft lather and takes off all of my makeup (to be fair, I don't wear a lot of makeup). After using it for a few days, I noticed that a lot of redness and inflammation was gone. My pores appeared smaller, and my skin tone looked better than ever. My cystic acne seems somewhat better, but isn't gone. I will definitely continue to buy this product. I should also note that it could be drying if you have already dry skin. During the winter I used it only once a day instead of morning and night. The rest of the year I use it as part of both my morning and night routines." —Alain

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50+ (available in three sizes).

    10. Some "skin food" you can use as a face mask to help hydrate your skin the natural way, without preservatives, fragrances, colorants, or mineral oils.

    instagram.com / Via Weleda

    Promising review: "This cream is magnificent. Since I've started using it on my face, it's helped with the texture of my skin and has evened out the tone to the point where I don't feel the need for foundation! I see this cream as a lifetime product for me. It's also better than average hand cream. Try it! You'll love it." —marycs

    Get it from Amazon for $10.81+ (available in three varieties).

    11. A splurge-worthy brightening treatment where salicylic acid, lactic acid, and vitamin C work together on all skin types to create a better color balance.

    Sephora

    Promising review: "I had some sun damage to my cheeks that had been impossible to remove. This was my last try before an expensive procedure. And it's worked! The hyperpigmentation is gone, and my skin tone is even and glowing. Plus, I LOVE the smell of this treatment. I use it twice a week to maintain my skin, and I sometimes fall asleep in my 'mask.' It's truly a must-have product for me now. I love all the Glamglow masks, but this is my favorite." —GypsyEsq

    Get it from Sephora for $59 (for 1.7 oz).

    12. Thayers rose petal witch hazel with aloe vera, which aims to help calm your skin and eliminate redness.

    AnaMaria Glavan / Via BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "This stuff is great! I have large pores (gross, I know) that get congested (even grosser, I know), which leaves me with unattractive texture on my face, regardless of how often/how little I exfoliate. I decided to try to a toner and randomly picked this one. This stuff is great! My face has changed significantly—I have much less texture, and it seems that my pores are staying cleaner. It also helped to even out my very fair skin tone, which shows any blemish/discoloration. It smells wonderful, doesn't smell like alcohol, and dries quickly." —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $5.87+ (available in three scents).

    Read our full review of Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel here.

    13. A serum with 20% vitamin C that reviewers say has made their skin shine bright.

    amazon.com

    Apply it before your moisturizer for best results.

    Promising review: "I love this stuff! This is the best vitamin C serum I have tried! With only a couple of uses, I can already tell the difference in my skin tone—it is smoother, brighter, and more even-toned. This is a keeper, especially since it is twice as much in the bottle for a better price than others I have tried!" —Roseanne/STEVE

    Get it from Amazon for $16.75.

    14. A dark-spot corrector cream made from organic and natural ingredients formulated to brighten and even out skin tone.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have blotchy, acne-prone skin with dark spots on my face. I have only been using the product for 10 days and have noticed a drastic difference in my complexion. First, I love the texture of this cream. It goes on silky smooth, leaving your face feeling moisturized but not greasy. You only need a little bit, and I can tell this container will last forever. I have oily skin but noticed in the mornings my face did not look more oily and my pores are not clogged. My entire skin tone looks more even and the spots are starting to fade. For the price of this cream and the fast results I have gotten, I definitely recommend. I have been using this in combination with the serum and maybe that’s why it’s working so fast!" —Melodie Nye

    Get it from Amazon for $19.98.

    15. A cleanser with glycolic acid to not only remove makeup, dirt, and oil, but also exfoliate the skin to leave it looking brighter.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love this face wash! I have acne and terrible dark spots, and it really helps peel off my dead skin and reveal a much clearer skin tone. Sometimes I use it every other night, and then there are times that I use it once a week. This product is good if you have a specific skin care routine because it will work even better when you scrub and moisturize with your other products. I recommend trying to use less harsh products if you want to buy this face wash because it can cause irritation it mixed with other strong ingredients." —Priccilla Ramos

    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    16. Tea tree oil, which is a natural alternative for achieving clearer skin — just be sure to dilute it with coconut oil so it's not too strong.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I ordered this product back in October to use in our shampoos to prevent lice infestation. Last week, though, I had a terrible rosacea flare-up. It was nothing new for me, but this flare-up was out of control and nothing worked. My girlfriend recommended using tea tree oil mixed with a little coconut oil. Well I did, and the next morning my rosacea was 50% gone. And the second day it was 80% gone. Of course, I had some dry skin, but the bumps and redness had diminished." —crystal

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in four sizes).

    17. A retinol cream you can use both day and night to fade sun damage, spots, and acne scars.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I will never spend $100 on moisturizer again. This cream is fabulous. When I first started using it, I thought I was allergic to it because my face got REALLY dry—and I mean almost like a rash! But after reading other reviews about the dryness, I realized this dryness was normal in the first few weeks of using. After two weeks, my face was very soft, a little tighter, and a lot more even-toned. I believe the dryness I experienced was the process my skin had to go through to get rid of the bad unhealthy layer of skin. I love this product!!" —jmb22

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    Read a full review on this moisturizer here.

    18. A spot treatment designed to do more than eliminate acne — it also works on post-acne marks.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is a wonderful product that works very well for me. I am Asian, mid-thirties, with combination oily-dry skin. After two days of use, my acne spots diminish, and my white heads no longer appear. Go get this!" —Jason

    Get it from Amazon for $6.47.

    Don't be this shocked when you look in the mirror and see how good your skin looks!

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    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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