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How To Even Out Skin Tone

Having an even skin tone is a highly sought-after characteristic, one that helps keep your complexion looking smoother, brighter and healthier. Uneven skin tone is a complicated skin concern because there are many different possible causes including acne-prone skin, sun exposure and more.

However, the good news is that there are a wide range of skincare ingredients found in face serums and other products that can help even out your skin tone over time. Each ingredient has its own distinct ways of addressing uneven pigmentation and protecting your skin, meaning there are options to suit your individual skin type and needs. Keep reading to learn all about the causes of uneven skin tone and how to manage this concern, with recommendations for even skin tone serums, creams and ingredients.

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In order to properly understand how to minimise and manage pigmentation, you first need to understand the factors that can cause uneven skin tone. An uneven looking complexion can be caused either by variations in texture or variations in colour.


Uneven skin colour can either be attributed to redness or hyperpigmentation, while uneven skin texture can be caused by acne-prone skin, enlarged pores and acne scars. Sun exposure can also cause redness in the immediate aftermath and hyperpigmentation in the form of sun spots over time. Some skin conditions can also cause an uneven looking complexion, such as the hormone-related condition known as melasma.


There is a misconception that uneven skin tone products are not suitable for sensitive skin or very dry to dry skin. However, at La Roche-Posay we design our products to be suitable for use on all skin types, even sensitive skin. It’s all in the formulas, whether you’re looking for an even skin tone cream for oily skin or normal skin, there will be an option for you.


Let’s dive into the most useful ingredients to look for in your skincare products if you’re experiencing any of the skin concerns that can make your skin tone appear uneven. We’ve also included recommendations for some of our the best serums for uneven skin tone and texture, tailored for different skin types and needs.
niacinamide serum


Does niacinamide even out skin tone? Yes, although that’s merely one of many benefits of this versatile ingredient. Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide is known for its ability to help manage uneven pigmentation while simultaneously brightening your complexion overall. Niacinamide is also useful to help manage acne-prone skin targeting post-blemish hyperpigmentation. Serums and creams can have a comforting effect on the skin, making niacinamide well suited to promoting even skin tone for sensitive skin. Read our guide Three Things You Need to Know About Niacinamide to keep learning about this ingredient.


Our Mela B3 Niacinamide Serum has been formulated with niacinamide for both morning and night application. Use this anti-dark spot intensive concentrate serum to help visibly reduce pigmentation on the neck and face. For under eye circles, use our Pigmentclar Eye Anti-Pigmentation Cream. The formula is designed to target brown and blue under-eye pigmentation.

salicylic acid


Also known as vitamin B9, folic acid can be found in face serums designed to help with uneven pigmentation. Folic acid has antioxidant properties that help protect your skin from sun exposure, pollutants and other external aggressors. Folic acid can also help minimise blemishes by regulating the rate of skin cell turnover, which in turn helps minimise the risk of post-acne hyperpigmentation.


Glycolic acid is one of the gentler hydroxy acids, known for its antibacterial properties that help manage acne-prone skin. These properties also help manage redness. Glycolic acid also exfoliates dull looking dead skin cells to improve overall skin clarity and texture for a more even smoother skin tone.


Our Effaclar Salicylic Acid Serum is also enriched with glycolic acid in a formula gentle enough for daily use. The combination of exfoliating acids will help even out your skin tone and texture.

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Wearing a face sunscreen with broad-spectrum SPF protection is an essential part of achieving a more even skin tone. Sun exposure can lead to uneven skin texture, redness, pigmentation and dark spots and avoiding these issues is better than managing them later.


Our Anthelios Invisible Fluid Facial Sunscreen SPF50+ is a lightweight fluid facial sunscreen that won’t clog your pores, suitable to help protect an even skin tone 365 day a year.



Apply 20 minutes before sun exposure. Sunscreen is only one part of sun protection so wear protective clothing and seek shade. Avoid prolonged sun exposure. Reapply every 2 hours and after swimming, towelling and perspiring in accordance with directions.

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