16 brightening serums under US$25 that get rid of dark spots

I have found that getting rid of dark spots takes a lot of patience, SPF, exfoliation and brightening skincare.

I love a good brightening serum to get rid of dark spots. If it has ingredients like Vitamin C, niacinamide, licorice root extract, alpha arbutin or kojic acid, chances are I'm willing to try it.

But finding great brightening serums in Kenya is next to impossible. You will need to purchase online, which can get expensive fast. Because: shipping and handling.

Here are some great brightening serums under US$25 to help you get rid of dark spots and stay in budget.

Except The Ordinary serums, (which you can learn how to ship into Kenya here), all the serums are on Amazon. Any third party service like Mall for Africa can easily get them to you!

Brightening Vitamin C serums

Brightening niacinamide serums

Brightening licorice root extract serums

Brightening alpha arbutin serums

Brightening kojic acid serums

Brightening azelaic acid serums


While hydroquinone is considered one of the best ways to deal with skin discoloration, I haven't included it on the list due to its controversy - it's banned in some countries.

Used at maximum concentrations of 2% (Over-The-Counter) and 4%(prescribed) for short periods of time (usually 4 months), hydroquinone is considered safe for most people.

Unfortunately, in many parts of the world, dangerous amounts of hydroquinone (above 4%) are being sold and used by individuals, with terrible results (bleaching), especially if you have a dark skin tone.


If you’re on a mission to reduce dark spots and even skin tone, try any of these serums and don't forget to slather on sunscreen.

Sun damage will cause even more dark spots and uneven tone rendering your great brightening serum worthless!

Have you tried any brightening serum before? Which one? Let me know in the comments. I'm currently loving The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA.