I just bought this product and am so stoked that a makeup company- not behind the department store counter- was able to address the issue of the post pimple. Lately, to cover spots and avoid new pimples, I've been using concealers with zit clearing properties- but have found that they are too strong on the weaker skin left behind from the old pimple. I'm not sure about the lightening properties, but so far, it was easy to apply and seems to blend well. I applied it three hours ago with no need to reapply and my skin still looks fresh- not flakey, which has been the effect that I've ran into from the salicylic acid concealers. I'll let you know in a few weeks if I still feel this pleased. As for right now- awesome product!