Proactiv’s Dark Spot Corrector

Proactiv is a widely advertised company that is well known for their acne fighting products.  They have now developed, and in July of 2011 launched, the Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector.  This product was designed for people who have had acne and are left with unsightly areas of discoloration on their skin.  At regular price, each 1 ounce tube sells for $28 dollars on Amazon.  This price point is higher than most spot correctors found in drugstores such as CVS and big box stores such as walmart however, it is lower than several other products produced by companies like Clinique and Philosophy.

The main active ingredient in Proactiv’s Dark Spot Corrector is 2% Hydroquinone.  Hydroquinone is reported to be the only FDA-approved ingredient for dark spot correction.  It works by blocking an enzyme that triggers the body to produce melanin.  The lotion also contains vitamins A, C, and E.  These vitamins can help reduce skin damage caused by free radicals.  The overall product is designed to calm down these disasterous free radicals and correct dark spots on the skin that are signs of aging, sun damage, hormonal changes, acne, or skin stress.  The product is oil-free however, for those of you who have sensitive skin, it is not fragrance-free.  On Amazon, Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector (1 oz) with Gift has been given an average rating of 3 out of 5 stars.  Those customers who gave a 5 star rating raved about its effectiveness however; other customers did not find it quite as helpful and several found its strong chemical scent unappealing.   Most recommended that the product be applied consistently for at least 6-8 weeks prior to declaring the product ineffective.

If you have acne currently, it is recommended that this is treated prior to using a dark spot corrector.  Many options for treatment can be found and the Proactiv company has many products that could help you.  The correcting lotion is designed to be applied to the face twice daily, once in the morning and once at night.  It should be applied to a freshly cleansed face.  Proactiv recommends using their exfoliating cleanser prior to applying the dark spot corrector to increase effectiveness. This Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector has the benefit of being invisible so after letting the lotion dry and applying sunscreen, you can add your makeup as you usually do.  It is said to be okay for use by people with all skin types and of all ethnicities.  It is highly recommended that sunscreen be applied over the product and exposure to the sun is limited no matter what your skin type.


Proactiv provides its customers with 24/7 customer support from “expert skin care advisors” and free online consultations with creators Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields are also advertised.  The Proactiv Refining Mask won an Allure 2008 Beauty Award.  In 2009, InStyle magazine named the Proactive three-step system the best combination of products for use on oily skin. If you want to try Proactiv’s Dark Spot Corrector, you can do so worry free as they offer a 60 day money back guarantee.