Post # 1
I have some dark spots on my face from sun damage that I want to lighten. I’ve tried lots of drugstore stuff but nothing seems to work. Looks like I need to try some higher-end stuff.
Can I get some suggestions from bees?? I have normal to dry skin if that helps!
Post # 3
I don’t use it but my mama swears by Clinique’s Even Better range. She’s got sun damage from living in the tropics and only going out with baby oil on… I use the Even Better concealer on acne scars which contains the same lightening ingredients as the standard Even Better products – works a treat! Hope this helps!
Post # 4
i actually just went to the dermatologist yesterday for this problem, and the doctor recommended daily application of hydroquinone cream and a prescription strength Retin-A (like Atralin) because they work in synergy with each other to lighten areas of hyperpigmentation. I’m also doing a series of chemical peels to remove those damaged outer layers of skin. (I’m in my early thirties but was an absolute sun worshipper as a youngster.) She recommended NOT using the hydroqinone sold in OTC creams, but to buy it through a doctor’s office and only use it for a few months at a time (for me, that’s late spring to early summer).
You might read some negative research about the hydroquinone, but my dermatologist assured me that it is safe and effective and is not banned by the FDA. I plan to use it for the few months leading up to the wedding and then revisit the issue with her.
Post # 5
I use the Clinique stuff. I’m supposed to put it on twice a day, but I only put it on once a day. I think it’s lightened one of my worse spots, and it’s definitely made my skin very silky and smooth! It’s expensive, though.
Post # 6
My skin has responded really well to Tamanu cream from Carley’s:
It’s done a nice job of fading dark spots and scars, and it’s very affordable!
Post # 7
I’ve been using Retin-A and the Obagi Blender cream together (contains hydroquinone) and it has caused all of my sun spots to disappear within a month. I am in my late 20’s and didn’t have a LOT of spots, but it evened out my skin tone and now I am working on shrinking my pores. Great combo of products and it comes highly recommended by many sources.
Edited to add: I use a mix of Josie Moran Argan Oil and a Rose Hip oil to moisturize at night. Rose hip oil has been known to help with discolouration. Check it out!
Post # 8
Thanks everyone! I will check out all these suggestions 🙂
Post # 9
1) Retin! You can use the drugstore stuff or get a prescription. Just be sure to follow the directions and ease into it. Use a very small amount once a week, then twice a week, and max 3 times a week. You definitely want to wear sunblock every day if you’re using Retin, regardless of your ethnicity/
2) Skinceuticals has a great skin lightener, but it is pricey. Ask a dermatologist for some samples.
Post # 10
@crystalsky43: I’ve used Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Tone Correcting Moisturizer, http://m.ulta.com/mt/www.ulta.com//ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod1460050′ defer=’defer . I only put it on the sun spots, it seems to have faded them quite a bit.