Skin Lighteners for Removing
Age Spots and Other Dark Spots on Face
Everywhere you look there are new products that claim to help you look younger. Health and Beauty magazines, the Internet, and the shopping channels all have countless advertisements for the next miracle product. We've decided to take them to task to see if we can find products that really work and can back up all of the hype. Instead of buying them all and trying them yourself, save the money and read what we found when reviewing the products first.

Below we've reviewed some of the more popular skin lighteners on the market. You can find skin lighteners in your local drug store, online, and in specialty shops, and they range from a few dollars to more than a hundred each. We found some that worked well in our tests, and highly recommend both Maladerm (our #1 pick) and Prevage (our #2 pick) for dark spots on face and hands.

Please remember to use a moisturizer with SPF 30 after using any of these products to avoid further damage to your skin from the sun.

 
 
 
Meladerm Pigment Reducing Complex  
 
 
The new Meladerm formula incorporates some of the latest and most cutting edge skin care technologies to help diminish the appearance of dark spots and unwanted pigmentation in as little as two weeks.

The new formula not only works to brighten the overall complexion, but also lightens the appearance of age spots, liver spots, other dark spots on face and hands, freckles, sun damage, melasma, tans, acne marks, scars, skin discolorations and birthmarks. Civant Skincare has left nothing to chance with its flagship product Meladerm. They have even used an airless vacuum dispenser so the product isn't degraded by contact with air.

We found Meladerm to do a great job of reducing dark spots on the skin. It was mild enough to not cause any noticeable irritation or redness, and there were no undesired side effects although one reviewer noticed a tingling sensation after it was applied. The moisturizers in the product actually softened the skin during the review.

This is the best product we've reviewed because it evened the skin tone better than all but one of the other products tested; only Emlite worked better, but it costs twice as much. We also like the fact that Meladerm uses natural plant extracts instead of hydroquinone, mercury, steroids or other harsh bleaches. Meladerm is our number one choice for products to reduce liver spots, age spots, melasma, or freckles on the face and hands.
Meladerm Pigment Reducing Compound
 
 


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Skin Lightening Products
 
1. Meladerm Pigment Reducing Complex
2. Prevage Anti-Aging Treatment
3. Bliss Sleeping Peel Liver Spot Lifter
4. Arouge NanoBrightener Set
 
 
Rankings are based on an algorithm that includes the product's effectiveness at removing skin spots, the overall mildness, any positive or possible negative side effects, cost, and the value that each product provides.
 
 
 
 
A Key Note
Many skin lightening products, especially those found in your local drugstore, contain hydroquinone as their primary active ingredient. Hydroquinone is a strong skin bleacher that can cause mild to severe side effects. Some users report redness, irritation, and sensitivity to the sun after using products with hydroquinone. It has also been documented to cause "Exogenous Ochronosis" in people with darker skin; this condition causes a darkening of the skin in blue-black patches. None of the products we reviewed contain hydroquinone.

 
 
 
Prevage Anti-Aging Treatment  
 
Prevage Anti-Aging Treatment by Elizabeth Arden is a restorative treatment that is designed to both protect and restore the skin. The active ingredient, idebenone, is a proven antioxidant that corrects and prevents degenerative cellular damage caused by years of a harmful environment. In clinical tests, it both reduced the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improved the appearance of sun-damaged skin.

We found Pravage to do a great job of reducing dark spots on face and hands. It was mild enough to not cause any irritation or redness. It generally also improved the overall tone and elasticity of the skin. In addition, several reviewers found that they also noticed a significant reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.

If the price wasn't quite so high this product would be our number one choice because it works so well and because it treats multiple signs of aging. At $155, however, it's difficult to recommend Prevage Anti-Aging Treatment to the average shopper. If you can afford it however, you won't be disappointed.

Prevage Anti-Aging Treatment
 
 
 
 
 
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Bliss Sleeping Peel Liver Spot Lifter  
 
Whether your dark spots are due to too much time in the sun — or simply too much time — The Bliss Sleeping Peel Liver Spot Lifter tackles them with the most advanced formula available. Developed by an over-achieving dermatologist, it is made with amino acid antioxidants and asefitida extract. Use this light, clear, fast-absorbing, fragrance-free serum on your face, hands or body to help lighten sun spots, pigment scars, and other dark spots on face and hands. It is safe for all skin types.

The Liver Spot Lifter worked much faster than the other products in our review. Unfortunately, it also seemed harsher as well. Although the dark spots faded quickly, in one case it caused redness and peeling first. If you need something that works fast, this might be it. Just be careful to use it somewhere discreet to find out how you will react first before you try it on your face.
Sleeping Peel Liver Spot Lifter
 
 
 
 
 
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Arouge Nano Brightener Set  
 
The Arouge NanoBrightening Set is a three-piece kit that contains Arouge Skin Balancing Toner Mist to prepare your skin for the treatments, Arouge Moisture Replenishing Cream to hydrate your skin, and Aruge Lumina Skin Brightener to actually brighten the skin. When used together, this set of skin care products will enhance the bright, youthful glow of the skin.

In our tests, the Arouge routine wasn't as effective at removing spots as other products. It did, however, do a very good job at toning up the skin and leaving it brighter overall. The Arouge products work well together and leave the skin feeling and looking very healthy and radiant. Based on their website, this looks to be targeted as a skin brightener for the Asian market, and based on our tests, it should work well for that market.

Although the Arouge treatments left our skin feeling like we'd had a very expensive facial, it didn't really meet our needs as a product to remove dark spots. It's also somewhat expensive, but if you are looking for a good regimen to replenish your skin, you might give it a try.
 
 
 
 
 
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