Patience is key. Many would prefer for their worst nightmares (dark spots) to disappear immediately; sadly this could only occur if you are planning on putting a dent in your pocket with a trip to a dermatologist. Luckily, there's a solution to getting rid of dark spots that's less harsh than a dermatologist procedure and nicer to your wallet. Whether your dark spots are age spots or acne scarring, reducing the appearance of them is possible. Your skin regenerates naturally, which can result in better, healthy, glowing skin. From our top picks, find which solution is best for your skin and be on your way to unveiling amazing skin.

Garnier Skin Renew Clinical Dark Spot Corrector ($16.99, mass market retailers)

The use of Pure Vitamin C in this product allows dark spots to fade by breaking apart pigmentation clusters. While exfoliating the skin, this dark spot corrector accelerates cell turnover (normal, healthy cells can regenerate in as little as three weeks), so skin looks healthier and more even-toned.

Tip: In case you are not scheduled for a chemical peel or laser treatment, look to adding a retinoid and Vitamin C product.

Physicians Formula Dark Spot Corrector & Skin Brightener ($21.95,

Physician Formula’s antioxidant-filled serum helps any signs of aging. From sun damage, dark spots and skin stresses, using this product will keep your skin brighter and more uniform in tone. This fragrance-free product will create long-lasting results for firmer, smoother and more radiant skin.

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector ($49,

This serum is great for promising results over time. With consistent use, many see results in less than a month. This serum is wonderful for layering underneath your moisturizer, but make sure to always protect your skin with sunscreen.

Tip: Find a product with built-in SPF, such as a daily moisturizer or your foundation. When using products like dark spot correctors, it's important to use a good sunscreen to prevent reoccurring dark spots.

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution ($49.50,

With White Birch and Peony extract, this Kiehl’s dark spot solution restores hydration and interrupts the production of melanin while gradually fading the appearance of dark spots. This product will promote youthful clarity while tending to your dark spots.

Philosophy Miracle Worker Dark Spot Corrector ($64,

A hydroquinone-free product that delivers dramatic results without the risk of skin lightening is a must. Using Philosophy’s all-over brightener will improve skin radiance, discoloration and evenness.

Tip: Use this product with Philosophy’s Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-aging Retinoid Pads for better results.

Vichy ProEVEN Daily Dark Spot Corrector ($43.50,

ProEVEN is great for all ages and skin tones, and perfect for instantly revealing a more radiant glow. This dark spot corrector is enriched with Vitamin C, which helps exfoliate and reduce the look of skin discoloration.

Mariah Reed