About Skin Lighteners and Skin Lightening Creams

Our website is devoted to the study of over the counter skin lightening creams, their ingredients and effectiveness. We researched 20 of the best skin lighteners available and chose the top three based on consumer polls, ingredients, effectiveness, and online lightening cream reviews.

What is Skin Lightener?

Almost everyone suffers, in one way or another, from skin discoloration. While some people have uneven skin from hyperpigmentation other may suffer from age or liver spotting. Still others may have melasma or another type of skin discoloration and attempt to even skin tone by lightening the affected areas.

In the last century many products have been developed to combat hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration. There are those that are available from a physician, many containing substances like hydroquinone, while there are “over-the-counter” skin lightening creams available as well. Hydroquinone products have been found to lighten well, however, there are possible side effects and risks involved. This is the reason usage requires supervision by a health professional.

Over-the-counter products tend to use more gentle ingredients in order to achieve skin lightening. These skin lightening products rely on ingredients such as Alpha  Arbutin, Kojic Acid, GigaWhite, Azaelaic Acid, and Glutathione. When used as instructed these ingredients have been found to effectively reduce the appearance of melasma, age spots and hyperpigmentation without a medical professionals supervision. The trick is to find a skin brightener that works.

Skin lightening creams can be found by many different names such as:

  • Skin Lightener
  • Skin Brightener
  • Skin Whitener
  • Dark Spot Corrector
  • Pigment Reducing Complex

Whatever name the product uses, it most probably contains one or more of those ingredients. Concentrations may vary, which is why some skin lightening creams may work better than others. Its also important to include a sun screen of SPF 30 or better when using a skin lightener since skin lightening will be decreasing melanin production and will leave you more vulnerable than normal to damaging sun rays.

We compiled skin lightener reviews based on our yearly user polls, ingredient testing, and our own experiences.

You can read our reviews of the best skin lightening creams here.

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