By Manveetha Mopuru
I am back with another review and this is from one of my favorite brands. Today, I’m going to review the Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution that I had purchased around a month ago. As I’ve mentioned earlier, I am in my early 20’s and have combination-oily (i.e. very oily at my T-Zone) skin that is very sensitive and acne-prone. My breakouts are mostly hormonal, but I also get them if I binge on junk food. 🙁
I have fair skin, so when my pimples leave any scars, they are very prominent. I also had a few pitted scars that are red in appearance. Kiehl’s is known to be a cult-classic brand, so I decided to try their Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution for my acne-scars and super-mild hyperpigmentation.
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Claims: A fast-acting serum that diminishes dark spots and visibly evens skin tone. Helps to prevent the formation of future dark spots and other skin discolorations with continued daily usage. Silicone-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free. No colorants and no optical diffusers.
Directions: Apply morning and night, before your moisturizer. May be used as a spot treatment or over entire face. May also be used to correct visible discolorations on hands, neck and chest.
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Price: 3800 INR.
Quantity: 30 ml.
Ingredients: 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.
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Kiehl’s is not available in Hyderabad (It is only available in Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai & Chandigarh), so I had to get this product through courier. However, they only courier their products to you if an order is placed for 4000 INR or more. You can place an order by calling them on their ‘Kiehl’s on Wheels’ numbers. I’ve been using this product for a month and this is my take on it!
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My Experience with Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution:
The Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution is packed in a glass bottle with a dropper lid. The bottle does look fragile and I had also read that it breaks if you drop it by accident. You have to squeeze the lid of the dropper and deposit some of the solution on your hands to use it. The product is a clear liquid with a little gel-like consistency. It contains Activated C and I’m guessing that is Vitamin C – great for lightening scars. The product is Silicone-free, paraben-free, and fragrance-free, so it’s good for sensitive skin-types.
I apply this everyday, all over my face, after using any targeted treatments. I use exactly 2 drops spread it on my fingers and gently pat the product into my skin. This helps my skin absorb the product better. This takes about a minute to dry so I use eye cream while this dries, then follow up with the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. In the morning, I follow up with a moisturizer with SPF.
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The first week, I noticed that my skin was brighter over all (like I’d used an awesome fairness cream), the slight sun damage that I had was really gone. But that’s just about it. I did not see any noticeable lightening in my scars. The second week, my recent and mild scars had lightened pretty well. After 3 weeks, I started noticing an actual change. My deep red scars were lightening enough to use very little concealer or even look fine with just foundation (my foundation has great coverage!) 🙂
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I made it a point to use SPF with this product for best results. This product is NOT an over-night miracle. It works gradually, but effectively. Use it religiously; am and pm along with proper sun protection and you will see results. Though some products are over-night miracles, most skincare products take 4-6 weeks to actually show results.
I am positive that my scars will fade completely if I use this for another month. I know that 3500 INR is a huge price to pay for 30 ml, but trust me when I say a little goes a long way! You literally need no more than 2-3 drops for your entire face. I haven’t even finished 1/4th of the bottle after using it for a month. It will probably last me 6 months or more. So the product is worth the investment for me!
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The dropper allows the product to be deposited in a hygienic manner, so that’s a big plus for me! The solution dries clear on application so you can apply any makeup etc. over it. It does not hinder with your targeted treatments, so use it over them if you wish to!
This product did not break me out, it did not irritate my skin and it did not cause any sort of bad reaction. I’ve also read that it is suitable for all skin types. I’m really enjoying using this in my skin care routine, especially with the Midnight Recovery Concentrate – I feel like they work better together. 🙂
Pros of Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution:
- Lightens scars and hyperpigmentation.
- Brightens your skin and gives you a glow.
- A little goes for the longest time.
- Dries clear to use under other products.
- Does not hinder with working of targeted treatments (I used some zit-zapper under it).
- It is silicone-free, fragrance-free and paraben-free (my sensitive skin is dancing!).
- Goes beautifully under makeup.
Cons of Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution:
- Price – It still hurts to spend so much 🙁
- Must be followed by SPF, otherwise your damage will just increase as this product has no SPF in it.
- Glass bottle can easily break if we’re not careful.
- Not travel friendly.
- Limited availability in India.
As I said, this is no miracle product. If you’re willing to work patiently towards reducing your scars, this product is great!
IMBB Rating: I rate this product a 4.2/ 5.
Would I Recommend Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution?
Yes, I would recommend it to a ‘patient’ friend. 🙂
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