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Miracle Worker: How I Faded my Dark Spots

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I’ve pushed this review forward very slightly, because I’ve just seen that on the Philosophy Website the product in question is on sale at quite a whopping discount – £31.20 down from £52. I’m not sure how long the sale is on for so I thought I’d write up my review now rather than dilly-dally and find that it had gone back up to full price! **UPDATE: the law of sod decided that as soon as this post published (literally must have almost been to the hour!) Philosophy would end the sale. Marvellous! Sorry about that.)

And so on with the review; this is the Miracle Worker Dark Spot Corrector from Philosophy, formulated to visibly improve the appearance of age spots, acne scars and sun damage. I’d never had any of these problems until earlier this year, when my acne finally cleared (thanks to the Milk Experiment) and I was left with small dark patches where the deeper, more pustulous spots had been. (I don’t know whether pustulous is indeed a word – my spellcheck says not – but I’m coining it.) In a way, the dark spots left over from my breakouts were worse than the original pimples themselves; they were really difficult to cover and looked pretty unsightly if I wanted to go out without any makeup on.

It was almost bizarre that out of all of the “brightening and lightening” products I have waiting to be tested, I reached for the one from Philosophy. I’ve never really given anything from Philosophy a proper chance – the bubble baths were always tempting but a little over-scented, and I had been put off from the brand almost entirely by this awful body scrub that smelt like an old lady’s dressing table. But anyway, reach for the Miracle Worker I did, and for reasons yet unknown to myself, I continued to reach for it night after night for about two months. I say “for reasons yet unknown” because for quite a while – about four weeks – absolutely nothing happened.

Now it’s quite difficult to test skincare properly, especially if it makes specific claims like “reduces dark spots”. It’s hard to see a difference unless you document it with very close-up photographs and even then, you can’t really catch the full impact on film. But in this case, I did start to see a very, very clear difference in my skin from around week six. It was brighter, more luminous, with an almost porcelain finish, and there was a definite change in the marks that the blemishes had made on my skin. Whereas they had been a mid-brown when I started, a dark freckle colour, they were now extremely faint. There were two in particular on my left cheek that had been quite dark and troublesome, and they were faded to a pale gingery-brown.

After just over three months of using the Miracle Worker on most nights (I’d say on average five nights a week) my spot marks have almost completely disappeared. Now you could say that they might have faded anyway and of course it could be also down to the various chemical exfoliants that I try, but I really do think that lots of the credit is due to the Philosophy product. Not only does it contain one of my all-time favourite dark-spot-fighting ingredients, Niacinamide, but it seems to have quite hefty doses of Vitamin C and other antioxidants. I actually thought, for quite a while, that this was a retinol product but that’s actually the wipe-over pads from the same Miracle Worker range. (You can use this treatment after the pads, if you wish – double whammy!)

Things that I love about this product? It worked! I also like the fact that it’s in a pump-action bottle so that the ingredients are kept nice and stable and that it’s a simple whack-it-on formula. Just cleanse, tone if you wish and then pop on the Dark Spot Corrector. I’m struggling to find things that I don’t like – previously it would have been the price, which at £52 would take it out of reach for the majority of people, but at its sale price it’s very reasonable indeed. Some might find the colour (brown) off-putting, but I don’t really care. This isn’t the most luxe looking product on earth and it doesn’t smell of roses or oranges or jasmine, but it seems to have really gone to town on brightening my skin and for that I am thankful.

I’m still using my original bottle of this – I think I’m very near to the end, but it has lasted a good few months. If you’d like to give the Miracle Worker Dark Spot Corrector a try then it’s on the Philosophy website HERE. Readers from the US can get it HERE though I’m not sure whether it’s on sale abroad! **UPDATE: you can also find this at Boots.com and John Lewis.**

Please remember to use a daily SPF with this product and make sure that you apply it as a night treatment and not in the morning. Thank you – sermon over.


  1. Can I use a moisturiser after applying the Miracle Worker?

  2. For me I could see it was working for me on the second day, some dark spots were cleared from one day to another. I really loved it and it’s working well. I’d buy it again for sure. But I think when it is a really strong dark spot it takes long time to get some results. But for me I had little spots under my eyes and on the cheek , one side. For me I believe and recommend the product .

  3. Can this be used at the same time as the liquid gold?

  4. Maybe a stupid question but would this do anything to freckles? I have lots of scarring in my chin from acne but I love my freckles – they’ve been a part of me most of my twenty-eight years.

  5. is this better than the liquid gold? why? have you got any cheaper options which are good for fading acne scars?

  6. What about pink or red acne marks?

  7. I’ve had HUGE success with fading scars using lemon juice. It may be too strong for some skin, but mine tolerates it very well.

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