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Active Ingredients for Skin Lightening / Hyperpigmentation Market – Part 6

SpecialChem / Vispi Kanga – Feb 3, 2009

There are a lot of varied claims of all cosmetic companies from L'Oreal, Biotherm, Olay, Neutrogena, SK-II, La Occitaine, Clarins etc. All of them claim to have got a product that whitens/brightens/lightens the skin, remove black spots and pigmentation. The products come in all kinds of forms, masks, lotions, serums and peel off's. What work and what does not work? Is there any scientific research done on which products really work? All of the manufacturers claim that their formula is exclusive, tested etc. etc. Consumers are often frustrated. When it comes to selecting treatment for these areas, one factor to consider is the depth of the discolored pigment. Most of the time discoloration is superficial. In a few cases, the discoloration lies deep in the dermis. If the pigment is in the epidermis, it can be helped with skin-lightening products. For topical treatments, according to an article in The American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, Topical hydroquinone 2 to 4% alone or in combination with tretinoin 0.05 to 0.1% is an established treatment.

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