Miracle Worker: How I Faded my Dark Spots

face cream dark spot product

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.

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  1. July 3, 2013 / 9:28 am

    Body scrub that “smells like an old lady’s dressing table”? Don’t hold back Ruth, whatever you do. lol! If you truly feel Miracle Worker has done what it claims, then its going on my shortlist.

  2. Gemma Raby
    July 3, 2013 / 9:45 am

    …..and the offer has gone. Sad face. It’s like they knew were about to publish a rave review. Bastards. Them, not you, of course. You’re great.

    • RuthCrilly
      July 3, 2013 / 1:17 pm

      I know. So annoying.. it was still there yesterday! : (

  3. Amanda
    July 3, 2013 / 10:44 am

    Thanks for the review Ruth! Sounds like an excellent product, which I’m hoping will work wonders on scars left from a couple of nasty bites. It’s a pity it’s no longer on offer tho’ – I shall be keeping an eye out for future offers.

  4. Syd
    July 3, 2013 / 10:54 am

    This is just what I need for marks left on my face from over zealous blackhead extractions. Sadly when I clicked the link, the product is back up to its original price of £52. Out of my budget, I’m afraid. Hopefully it will go down in sale in the next few weeks.
    I already use Liquid Gold once a week. What other hero product would you say works for blemishes Ruth?

    • RuthCrilly
      July 3, 2013 / 1:18 pm

      I like the Effaclar Duo from La Roche Posay, too, that’s pretty good for blemishes. And really thorough cleansing!! x

      • Syd
        July 3, 2013 / 5:08 pm

        Thanks. Will try tht

  5. isabelle
    July 3, 2013 / 11:47 am

    is it to be used all over the face, or only on the dark spots?

    • RuthCrilly
      July 3, 2013 / 1:17 pm

      I use it all over. x

  6. Clare
    July 3, 2013 / 2:40 pm

    This was a perfectly timed review for me – I was just despairing over the freckles and pigment I’ve developed on my top lip. Do you have a favorite lightweight, daily SPF you’d recommend? I can’t find any I’m happy with….

  7. Prussia
    July 3, 2013 / 7:02 pm

    You cannot fake bright,clear even skin, ’tis the most important thing. Any colour , you really want can be added with make up. I too have never tried anything by Philosophy because it seemd a bit childish if I am honest. All those silly comments on bottles etc! and the scents are very Parma Violetish, know what you mean there!
    I will maybe try this, not so much for scarring but for pigmentation as have noticed that I have more pigmentation now. Maybe it is age; maybe it’s Summer, maybe it is hormonal but possibly something with higher dose of Vitamin C is good idea.

    Used Caudalie Vinoperfect serum which is meant to work on same principle but I found it not so good in warmer weather somehow. Their creams are horrible in that range too, serum only thing I liked.
    A dermatologist suggested hydroquinine but frankly this seems a little extreme unless you have real issues, not to mention the fact, it is mainly banned in larger doses!
    Nice review- may give it a go.

  8. Amy
    July 3, 2013 / 8:35 pm

    Do you still use the liquid gold during the week you’ve been using this?

    • RuthCrilly
      July 4, 2013 / 10:48 pm

      No x

  9. Laura
    July 5, 2013 / 1:02 am

    Hi Ruth! I’ve been absolutely addicted to your website for ages and, by following your recommendations, my skin has gone from making me want to stay in and cry to going out and about WITHOUT makeup, very exciting! :D This is the first time I’m posting, because I’m still not sure how to tackle the last problem – I’ve got lots of tiny bumps under the skin around my chin that have been there absolutely forever, plus some deep set spot scars. Do you think Miracle Worker would be right, or would the Omorovicza mask or something else be better for those things? x ps started The Shred a few days ago and after day 1 thought what’s all the fuss about, but have not been able to move without swearing since then (still continuing anyway!)

  10. Auna
    July 5, 2013 / 6:33 pm

    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.

    • Laura
      July 6, 2013 / 12:02 am

      Really? Do you just dab some on at night?

  11. shubh
    July 27, 2013 / 2:20 am

    What about pink or red acne marks?

  12. Rachel
    July 28, 2013 / 12:08 pm

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

  13. Leanne
    October 26, 2013 / 4:22 pm

    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.

  14. Debby Jeffreys
    November 9, 2013 / 10:41 pm

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

  15. Aline Araujo
    December 3, 2013 / 4:24 am

    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 .

  16. Pam Kennedy
    April 8, 2014 / 5:12 am

    Can I use a moisturiser after applying the Miracle Worker?

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