This was the first kit I tried when I began having adult acne. I did not notice a reduction in dark spots. I would recommend trying the kit out for a month or so. I would then try to incorporate a gentle peel once a week if you are still noticing dark spots. if this does not work for your acne try the Mario badescu kit(the one that comes with cucumber lotion) along with Burt's bees acne lotion (I only use the lotion every other day otherwise it's over kill with my skin). hope this helps and good luck! I feel your pain!