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Reader question: How do I get rid of spots and hyperpigmentation?

Posted Jan 09 2012 10:30am

I used to be awesome at posting reader questions but I’ve totally failed to keep up with it these last couple of years. A high school friend of mine messaged me on Facebook recently asking for tips on getting rid of her hyper pigmentation. We emailed back and forth, and I thought you might enjoy reading the exchange. She’s found some great product remedies, below!

– M. writes Hey Nadine! I have been doing some research on different products that are supposed to even out splotchy uneven spots and skin tone. As a former sun worshipper I have developed some brown spots and patches on my forehead and cheeks. Is there any product that you recommend that is effective at diminishing these spots? Also….what is, in your opinion the best product to reduce the appearance of fine lines on the forehead and beginnings of crows feet? There are just so many products out there that I don’t want to waste money on anything ineffective. Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated!!!!!

– Jolie writes Hey M.! There are a variety of options: you could get a peel (like a ViPeel, which I highly recommend), get lasered (which also works very well) or choose a product with a lightening ingredients.

You want an ingredient like hydroquinone, arbutin, mulberry, licorice or a lightening peptide. Just beware that hydroquinone, which is the most effective, is controversial because of potential health issues.

Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Corrector has been getting a lot of good buzz. A line I worked on (but am no longer affiliated with) Jolie MD Metamorphosis was developed for just this reason. If you want to get a prescription, Triluma (which is hydroquinone and retin-a) would be the best for both lightening AND fine lines/crows feet. Kinerase is also great for lightening/fine lines.

Let me know what products you’re looking at if the ones above are too expensive and I’ll tell you how they work.

– M. writes Hey Nadine!
I took your advice and found three products that seem to be working. The first two are from a dermatologist. Neocutis makes a lightening cream with 4% hydroquinone called “Blanche” and after only a few uses I can already tell a noticeable difference! As far as the wrinkles go I got a product called Retrinal +0.1 made by Pierre Fabre…it contains retinol (retinaldehyde) which is supposed to help with wrinkles and brighten the skin, and it also has pretocopheryl which is a precursor to vitamin E which is supposed to be a powerful antioxidant and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and restore skin radiance.

The Blanche skin lightening cream was an allure breakthrough winner in 2009 and the other Eau Thermale Avene Retrinal +0.1 was highly recommended by my dermatologist. I also started using a different moisturizer…Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer with SPF 30. I feel like it’s helping my skin tone and I love the fact that it is nongreasy and absorbs really well into the skin and doesn’t add shine, and is noncomedogenic so it doesn’t make me break out. Thank you so much for your suggestions!!! I feel like my skin looks 10 years younger already! Can’t wait until 3 months from now and see the difference! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that 2012 has been good to you so far!
Thank you again!

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