A woman with a clear, spotless skin

What’s worse than having pimples in plain sight? For many, it’s the blemishes that they leave behind—and don’t seem to want to go away. In skincare lingo, this is referred to as hyperpigmentation, a common and usually harmless condition wherein patches of skin become darker in color, manifesting as dark spots and uneven skin tone. But while acne scarring is the usual suspect for splotchy skin, it isn’t the only one: sun damage and hormonal changes can also lead to skin discoloration.

Dark spots can definitely make you feel more conscious about your skin.

The good news? You can restore skin’s flawless glow with the help of skincare products packed with the right brightening ingredients and repairing actives. It’s a process, though, so consistency in terms of your skincare routine is key.

Meet your skin-brightening lineup

Fight dark spots with these glow-getters: 

Cleanser: POND'S Mineral Clay Facial Foam

What’s to love: Not your average facial wash, this foaming cleanser is especially formulated with Vitamin B3+ technology to brighten skin, even out the skin tone, and minimize discoloration—including those pesky pimple marks and blemishes—with every wash. It’s also a quick sub for your masking sesh--infused with 100% natural Moroccan clay to detoxify skin and lift away dirt, sebum, and impurities.

Toner: POND'S Pore Conditioning Toner 

What’s to love: This deep-acting toner does more than just decongest your skin and refine your pores. It also works to even-out skin tone gently and prevent further discoloration, thanks to Vitamin B3 and built-in UV protectors.

Serum: POND'S Perfect Serum Burst Cream

What’s to love: Perfect for our tropical climate, this breakthrough cream formula transforms into a lightweight serum upon application, and then proceeds to drench skin with the potent brightening powers of its Gluta-Boost technology. Plus, it’s packed with hyaluronic acid to draw in moisture, allowing you to flaunt a fresh, dewy finish.

Day Cream: POND'S Age Miracle Day Cream

What’s to love: This hardworking moisturizer gives you derma results without the need to go to the derma. It’s formulated with seven skin-renewing actives that work to enhance skin’s radiance in as little as seven days. It stimulates repair, regulates melanin production, and delivers all-over brightening.

Tone-Up Cream: POND'S Tone Up Milk Cream

What’s to love: Inspired by the K-Beauty craze that instantly brightens the skin tone upon application (hence, the term “tone-up”), this milky tint treats you to an instant glow-up—and without the need for makeup, too. Its Instabright Technology allows you to hide blemishes faster than you can say “Annyeong!” while brightening vitamins and milk essence work to nourish skin and visibly improve your skin tone over time.

While it’s true that a brightening skincare regimen can work wonders in your battle against dark spots, it’s important to remember that prevention is always better than cure. To minimize your risks for hyperpigmentation, make sure to cleanse your skin regularly to prevent breakouts, avoid picking at your pimples, and apply your sunscreen regularly to shield from UV damage.