Skincare Products to Brighten Hyperpigmentation


February 17, 2021
Read Time: 5 minutes

Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by acne scars



One would think that something as simple as discreetly popping a pimple doesn’t have repercussions until it leaves pesky scarring; it happens to the best of us. With mask-wearing still essential, maskne is still very much rampant.


After years of stubborn breakouts, I’ve done my research as a self-professed “skincare nerd” for the best brightening products to help restore skin to its pre-acne glory days. If spending thousands on lavish laser treatments seems farfetchedand impracticalhere are more feasible options to add to your daily routine. 


Pro-tip: Look out for products with these superstar ingredients: Vitamin C, Glycolic Acid, Niacinamide, Rosehip Oil and Tamanu Oil!


RELATED: I Tried the Clear + Brilliant Laser Treatment From Glow Skin Clinic to Help Fade My Acne Scars



Innisfree Brightening Pore Serum (In-store and through delivery, P2,350)

For a quick, effective solution to relentless scarring and hyperpigmentation, the Innisfree Brightening Pore Serum (also available in set) is a godsend. It provides all-blemish care with superstar ingredients like Vitamin C, Vitamin B5 and Jeju Hallabong peel extracts. It’s less potent, more gentle than other Vitamin C serums in the market, formulated with hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin. Best of all, it also decreases the appearance of pores.


Pro-tip: Mix a drop with your moisturizer to dilute product!



SNAILWHITE Glow Potion (BeautyMNL, P395)

An affordable AHA-BHA toner from the drugstore? You better believe it! SNAILWHITE’s highly-concentrated yet gentle exfoliating toner brightens and hydrates skin. The hardworking Glow Potion clears away dead skin cells while unclogging pores. With the help of niacinamide and ginseng, it increases skin cell turnover to reveal youthful, revitalized complexion.


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SNAILWHITE Brightening Day Cream (Lazada, P85)

For dull and damaged skin, SNAILWHITE’s recent addition to its roster of hardworking products is the solution. For the affordable, student-friendly price of P85 (7ml), this “moisturizer-meets-protector” strengthens the skin barrier while targeting dark spots and marks. Seven days of constant use can give instant glow-from-within results. The pudding texture is divine, too!


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Oxecure Acne Defense Prebio Serum (Lazada, P849)

Need a hero product that visibly fades and brightens post-acne marks in just a week of use? The brand new Oxecure Acne Defense Prebio Serum is a 2-in-1 wonder serum that helps get rid of pesky scars and also prevents future acne breakouts. With Dragon’s Blood (I know, right?), it helps minimize inflammation and rids skin of acne-causing bacteria.


Complete your acne defense routine with the bestselling Acne Clear Potion, which is dermatologically tested to reduce acne in as fast as six hours. Apply the Acne Defense Prebio Serum beforehand to shrink inflamed acne!


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Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Serum (BeautyMNL, P1,200)

My shameless descent to the black hole of Korean skincare started with holy grail products like the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Serum. I call it liquid gold for a reason! It effectively fades scarring and pigmentation, brightens overall skin tone and nourishes texture. It even minimizes the look of fine lines and wrinkles. The only downside to using this product is it oxidizes quickly after being exposed to air and sunlight; it’s best to store it at cool temperature.


Purchase it here



Neogen Dermalogy Real Vita C Serum (Lazada, P1,100)

Neogen’s breakthrough product treats and prevents pigmentation for pitted scars. The Real Vita C Serum increases collagen and hyaluronic acid synthesis for deeply moisturized skin. Loaded with five citrus fruits extracts—lemon, lime, orange, tangerine and grapefruit—it produces bright, firm skin.


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Nacific Phyto Niacin Whitening Essence (Althea Korea, P890)

The unsung hero of my skincare routine is the Nacific Phyto Niacin Essence, a lightweight and non-sticky concentrate to brighten hyperpigmentation. I usually stray from products with “whitening” on the label but reading through the ingredients list made me change my mind. Niacinamide, its star ingredient, inhibits melanin production—responsible for the darkening of skin when exposed to sunlight. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, it deeply hydrates while leaving skin with a radiant, dewy complexion.

Purchase it here


Krave Beauty Great Barrier Relief (Go Bloom and Glow, P1,950)

OG #Skinfluencer Liah Yoo created Krave Beauty a few years ago to help her followers simplify their overwhelming routines. The Great Barrier Relief is a skin-soothing serum, which resets and restores damaged skin barrier while evening out complexion. With wound-healing and skin regeneration properties, Tamanu Oil is effective in the treatment of scars. It also helps brighten sun spots and other skin discoloration for dull and dehydrated skin.


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Melano CC Vitamin C Essence (Shopee, P690)

While there are products worth hoarding in our local Watsons, Japanese drugstores are treasure troves for makeup and skincare cult favorites. The Melano CC Vitamin C Essence is a well-loved spot treatment rich in pure Vitamin C—in the form of Ascorbic Acid—to suppress melanin production. Formulated with Vitamin E, it brings forth a translucence that radiates from within. I’ve used my small tube consistently for a year, and it’s nowhere near empty! Apply after cleansing and toning to problem areas or the full face.


Purchase it here.


V&M Naturals CPC+G Oil (BeautyMNL, P350)

If you’re on a budget, homegrown beauty brand V&M Naturals’ CPC+G Oil is worth hoarding. I’ve lost count of how many bottles I’ve emptied! Its miracle ingredients—Japanese camellia, calamansi, papaya and grapefruit extracts—fade acne scars and evens out the skin tone in weeks. I lather it on after my essence and see visible effects in just a few weeks! Best of all, it doesn’t oxidize, unlike other K-Beauty counterparts. For its affordable price tag, it remains a staple in my routine.


Pro-tip: Mix it with your moisturizer if you want to dilute it. Feel free to even use it on your elbows, underarms and singit; it’s that effective!


Purchase it here.



RELATED: Ingredient Spotlight: Centella Asiatica, the K-Beauty Lifesaver (For Acne-Prone Skin) 


Still, we’re not discounting how taking practical precautions—such as removing makeup completely and not popping pimples—to prevent acne is the best way to go about it. Plus, wear your sunscreen religiously like your life depended on it!



Art Matthew Ian Fetalver

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