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Kiehls Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution Review

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Kiehls Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution Review

We are going to talk about a much highly raved product in the beauty world today. As you already know by the title, we are doing Kiehls Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution Review. Kiehls is a well reputed London based brand and is owned by L’Oreal. It has made an impression all over the world by coming up with some of the best skin care products ever. The Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution is actually one of their all time best sellers.

Claims for Kiehls Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

Clearly Corrective DARK SPOT SOLUTION is a fast-acting serum that evens skin tone and diminishes dark spots to impart overall radiance and luminosity to the skin:

In as little as 2 weeks, 55% of women clinically demonstrated a significant reduction in dark spot intensity. In 4 weeks, 69% of women clinically demonstrated a continued reduction in dark spots intensity and 73% of women showed a significant reduction in acne scarring. Reduction in other skin discolorations was clinically evident among 69% of women.In 8 weeks, 87% of women clinically demonstrated more uniform skin tone to deliver breakthrough clarity. With continued daily usage, Clearly Corrective helps to prevent the formation of future dark spots and other skin discolorations.

Visibly Improves Texture

No Silicones. No Parabens. No Fragrance. No Colorants. No Optical Diffusers.

Key Ingredients

Activated C
A potent next-generation active, works faster than the leading dark spot ingredient. Penetrates rapidly to attack deep-set dark spots while preventing the formation of new discolorations for visibly more uniform skin tone and clarity.

White Birch Extract
A sugar derived ingredient known for its ability to restore hydration and nutrients to the dermis and epidermis layers of skin . This potent active increases skin elasticity levels and collagen production resulting in restored skin density, volume and thickness. Works synergistically with Activated C to facilitate discoloration correction for skin clarity.

Peony Extract
Works synergistically with Activated C to facilitate the reversal of discoloration for skin clarity.

Detail Ingredients list

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, Linalool, Citrus Tachibana/Citrus Aurantium Tachibana Peel Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Extract/Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract.

How To Use

-Cleanse skin thoroughly prior to application
-Apply dark spot serum over entire face both day and night under your ideal moisturizer
-During the day, protect skin by layering with Super Fluid UV Defense
-Before bedtime, replenish skin by layering on Midnight Recovery Concentrate


In the USA, it retails for $49.50 for 1 fl. oz. or 30 ml as per their website.
In India, the Kiehl’s website says Rs. 3800/- however it is available online for no less than Rs. 4450/- anywhere. I wish the Kiehl’s India website started taking online orders.

Kiehls Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution Review Astha MBF

In Detail Kiehls Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution Review and My Experience

My Skin problem is some uneven skin tone. I have pigmentation around my lips area and a little bit on the sides of my nose. I do not have any permanent acne marks however whenever I break out, some of them stay friends with my skin for quite a long time. My skin type is Oily-Combination for most times of the year, and very slightly sensitive.

The product comes in a super sophisticated looking glass bottle with a dropper. The packaging is so basic that it just has a swag of its own. The backside of the bottle has some details written in different languages.

The solution has no obvious scent however if I get my curious nose really close to the open top, I can smell some medicinal kinda grapefruit like scent which is extremely mild. It has a runny to moderate consistency. Because the product is devoid of any silicones, it lacks the slippery feeling which most serums have and I love this fact about it.

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What Makes Kiehls Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution Unique?

1. Now most of us have seen Vitamin C serums packed in an amber coloured bottle. That’s because Vitamin C tends to get oxidised over a period of time when its in contact of light. Its quite an irony since Vitamin C itself is one of the most potent antioxidants. Kiehl’s actually came up with this revolutionary idea where they took the stable for of Vitamin C which is the 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid and made this product. That is the reason why this bottle is transparent inspite of the solution being rich in vitamin C. So Basically a total win win situation where we get all the amazing benefits of Vitamin C like skin brightening, antioxidant, anti ageing, lightening and it remains stable even on exposure to light, varying temperatures etc.

2. If you go through the ingredient list above, you will also notice Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol which is popularly known as Pro-Xylane. It is an ingredient found in most good quality anti ageing serums/products. It is an anti wrinkle, plumping agent. It was first formulated by Lancome.

These are the two unique ingredients which make Kiehls Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution so amazing. I honestly believe that they should have highlighted proxylane as well in their key ingredient list. But what do we know!

How I Use it

After cleansing my face with my Olay Microdermabrasion system, I apply my toner (Mario Badescu Rose water facial spray) and then apply this solution followed by my moisturiser/sunscreen. I do this everyday in the morning and night time. I need around 3 to 4 drops of it to cover my entire face and neck. It does give out pretty big drops though.


The product when applied, doesn’t feel oily or anything. It gets absorbed in a minute and skin feels hydrated and plump. Now that I have used it for over 6 weeks, I have noticed some significant differences in my skin.

1. It has very noticeably reduced my uneven skin tone. The hyper pigmentation around my lips has reduced to ~60% of what it used to be before. Moreover, even the appearance of my overall facial skin looks a lot more even toned.
2. Amazing long term brightening effect. This gives the best long lasting brightening effect ever. There are a lot of products in the market which would give a temporary brightening effect but this acts in on the molecular levels and brings a charming brightness to the face.
3. Gives a long lasting glow or radiance to the face which I have never seen any non makeup product do before.
4. It has helped fade away whatever little dark spots I had on my face from previous breakouts. It does not get rid of them completely immediately. It slowly fades away dark spots and pigmentation over a period of time when used consistently. Now if you have very deep dark spots, this won’t get rid of them totally but for mild to moderate dark spots, this works like a dream.

Overall my skin looks much fresh and more smooth. The texture of my skin has improved and it looks much more plump. I remember this awesome compliment from my brother when he said ” Did you meet Thomas Edison? You are glowing these days! 😛 ” and I was like well something like that. 😀 I do not have any acne scarring so I cannot comment upon that. But being a doctor I can say that scarring cannot be taken away by any topical solution. All it can do is, make the scarring less evident by giving you an even skin tone.

So I would highly recommend this amazing product from Kiehl’s for all skin types. If you are someone who is suffering from dark spots, uneven skin tone or hyperpigmentation; definitely check this out. It sure deserves all the rave its been getting all along. I know it has a kind of big price tag but it works like no product has ever worked before. So I say its worth the investment if you really need results.

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PROs of Kiehls Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

1. Its got amazing ingredients to get rid of common skin problems.
2. Activated and stable Vitamin C is a concept worth a huge round of applause.
3. Pro-Xylane has superb anti ageing properties.
4. The only product which has ever shown significant effects on uneven skin tone and dark spots. It lightened the hyperpigmentation and evened out my skin tone to a great extent.
5. Only need 4-5 drops per usage.
6. Doesn’t irritate my skin at all. Very hypoallergenic.
7. Works on molecular level, gives very long lasting results.
8. Improves skin texture, makes it more radiant and smooth.
9. Does not feel oily or greasy.
10. No parabens, silicones etc.

CONs of Kiehls Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

1. Quite costly, specially in India.
2. Glass bottle isn’t safe to travel with.
3. Dark spots which are very deep rooted won’t go away completely with this.

MBF Advices

This product is not going to show an overall miracle. It needs time to act on the skin and one needs to be consistent with it. While using this, definitely take other necessary precautions like don’t go out in the direct sunlight, eat healthy etc so that it can show maximum good effects on the skin. Most importantly, you have to be patient to see the amazing results it gives.

1. This also helps get rid of tanning on the skin in a week which I feel is wonderful.
2.I also tried using this under my makeup and it helped me achieve a very smooth and sculpted look.
3. Always wear a high SPF if you have to go out while wearing this because otherwise your skin would be getting damaged at the same time so you won’t get good results with this.
4. If you have oily-combination skin like I do, when you are wearing this during the day time, apply your SPF directly after applying this. Since if you use additional moisturiser, it may make your skin look oily as this product already has hydrating properties.

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{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Shalakha April 29, 2016, 6:12 pm

    I always have wanted to try this forever….I have some pigmentation on my face and I really think this will work…but its so costly…. 😮 😮

  • Deepa April 30, 2016, 9:26 am

    “The packaging is so basic that it just has a swag of its own” …you crack me up sometimes 😀 😀 😛

  • Lancy April 30, 2016, 10:19 am

    This sounds like a great product! I need a serum for my skin in this weather. My skin is getting bored and suffocated with all the heavy moisturizers.

    Thanks for the review, Astha!

  • Sangeeta G April 30, 2016, 2:21 pm

    This sounds amazing. I love that it has worked well on lightening discolouration.

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