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whitening skin: what works?

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Initial post: Dec 6, 2010 4:07:42 PM PST
Mei Mei says:
I have heard that L-Glutathione supplements helps reduce melanin production. today i started taking 1500mg with 1200mg of vitamin c. i also use Shiseido white lucent with an spf 50 everyday. i am working on evening discolouration and also lifting my overall skin tone a few shades for a porcelain look.

thinking of using Dermatologica's c-12 concentrate or chromawhite line

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 12:55:27 PM PDT
FiggyLeaf says:
There are several professional lightening products out there. The key ingredient is called Hydroquinone. You can find it at 2% from professional skin care lines or 4% if you get a prescription from a doctor.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2011 1:44:29 PM PDT
Mei Mei says:
Yes. Anything else? I'm aware of that ingredient but it has harmful side effects and usually contains mercury. I am using shiseido's white lucent serum. I'm aware of ingredients like kojic acid, AHA, arbutin, ingredients in sake, vitamin c, and licorice root. I was interested in dermalogica's whitening line. Have you tried anything else? I break out very easily...

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 3:36:43 PM PDT
Beca Beca says:
Apple cider vinegar helps with lighting the dark spots on your skin. Use it at night and in the morning. The harsh chemicals only help for a time being besides they damage the skin.

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 9:26:39 AM PDT
I used over half a bottle of PCA's Pigment Gel Hydroquinone-Free and it has lightened my age spots slightly--maybe 15-20% lighter. It seems everything takes time; afterall it took a while for the age spots to show up. Now I am trying Eminence's Stone Crop Serum which is more natural. Other ingredients I'm reading about include bearberry, marshmallow, willow bark, & arnica extracts in addition to the licorice root and vit C that you mentioned. I haven't done research on any of them yet. I am trying to stay away from AHA and other acids bec I think too much can damage the skin cells, esp at my age of 52. I think next I will try Elysee's line which uses acai berries among other good ingredients for hyperpigmentation. Good luck with your search.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2011 11:27:48 AM PDT
FiggyLeaf says:
PCA is an excellent PROFESSIONAL line - i.e., better than anything you can purchase in a department store, drug store or on-line. If you want better results, you should use the PCA Pigment Gel WITH Hydroquinone.

You're right, the dark spots are caused from sun damage which was accumulated over your lifetime. They are very stubborn but with a lot of patience they can be lightened by using the right products.

I'd stay with the professional lines ( Eminence is a good one, but I haven't personally studied their product line.)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2011 12:35:34 PM PDT
Hi FiggyLeaf:
You sound like you know quite a bit about skincare. What products do you use? You haven't experienced side effects w/ hydroquinone? I was nervous about buying the PCA w/ Hydrq. because of various studies about it being harmful -- I guess if one uses a ton of it. But I'm a chicken so I shyed away. Nowadays, it seems I am adding more and more serums to my routine and that's using different serums between morning & night so I can get all the diff. benefits. I counted that my rountine involves at least 10-12 products (lid scrubber morning/eye makeup remover night, cleanser, mask if needed, toner, 2-3 serums, eye cream, face cream on lines, sunscreen, argan oil if needed in winter, makeup primer). Outrageous right? What we (I) would do to preserve our (my) youth. That's why I always tell my daughters & young people to use sunblock and good cleanser. My latest search was for a good clay/mud mask & I finally got Alaska Mud mask & will be buying Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser for my oily/combo skin. I would use that in the morning to absorb excess oil. I used to curse my oily skin, but now I'm so glad it has preserved my face a little better than if I had dry skin. Any recommendations or tips for skincare or brands?

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 4:29:55 PM PDT
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Posted on Mar 29, 2011 5:27:09 PM PDT
Mei Mei,
I thought Sephora carries Amore Pacific, but maybe not the whitening line. It's good to know I am not the only one doing crazy long skincare routines. But when I am doing it, it doesn't seem that long. I often check for advice and reviews. Someone on there said that you have to use different products because no one product can meet all the needs for your particular skin.
I used the Alaska Glacial mud mask today (my 2nd time) and it's pretty good for smoothing skin (after toning

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 10:40:51 PM PDT
Be careful! I used the 4% hydroquinone--by prescription-- for about 6months about a year ago. It did the trick but now I notice that I have fine wrinkles in every area that I used it.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2011 10:48:49 PM PDT
Hi P,
Sorry to hear about the wrinkles, even if they're tiny lines. Do you mind if I ask your age? Just trying to learn all the details about your treatment. If you had to do it all over, would you do it again or choose the photo laser to remove the spots, or were you doing lightening? Six months sounds like such a long time for a potent 4%. Any info you care to share would be helpful to me. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2011 12:14:35 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 31, 2011 12:15:37 AM PDT
I'm 60; I'm told I look about 45-50. It was done over a six month period. The esthetician showed me how to do it. I was told to apply it night and day[under sunscreen]. I then went in once a month for eval. I would not do it again. The dark spots faded but didnt disappear completely. My skin was in very good condition with no wrinkles except a couple on my forhead. The quality of my skin is significantly worse in all the treatment areas but the deterioration didnt show up untill months after. I would be afraid to use the laser.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2011 9:00:41 AM PDT
Hi P,
Thank you for your willingness to share so that everyone can learn more about various treatments. I'm 52 and I have a few spots on my upper cheeks. I was considering laser only because a friend of my mother had small moles (dark, raised spots) all over her face and at 65 or so found someone she knew to remove them, half a face at a time. I was not able to see the final results after the redness had gone down because she moved out of state. I will ask my mom if she had any scarring or adverse effects. My treatment with targeted skincare (not Rx) is very slow. Just when I think I am doing better, I see myself in a snapshot and am surprised at how well the camera picks up the colors (spots) on my face. For my fine lines, I find that Elysee's line (HSN) and Boske Molecular Repair (SkincareRX) helped me a lot. The Shiseido, Lancome, dept store or drug store brands did not help me at all. Even in my 30's & 40's, I noticed that that they did not help my fine lines but I didn't know better where to buy or they did not have the technology widely available. You might also want to try 100% Argan oil (Watts brand on Amazon). You sound like someone who takes very good care so I'm sure the little lines will disappear in no time. Thanks again. I enjoy reading about people's stories, trial & errors, & successes.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2011 8:50:17 PM PDT
No prob. Thanks for your suggestions. My treatment is a combo of Argan oil and cocoa butter. I've been using it about 30 days and like the improvement. B4 you consider laser check with members of your family to find out how/if they scarred up after receiving cuts or surgery.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 10:07:22 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 2, 2011 10:40:48 AM PDT
FiggyLeaf says:
Dear P:

Yes, I am an esthetician and I use PCA products in my practice, so I know a lot about the PCA products. I have used the Hydroquinone 2% from PCA for over 5 years with no harmful side effects or wrinkling. I have never heard of ANYONE getting wrinkles where they used it. I think that there must be something else going on (like natural aging) that is causing the wrinkles for Mei Mei). IMHO age spots are very stubborn and will not go away completely, but you can get significant lightening from using Hydroquinone.

Since you are familiar with the PCA line, you might try the PCA BPO 5% Cleanser. It is advertised as being for acne, but does a good job with oily skin. I have used it and really like it. The PCA Purifying Mask is also great as a once-a-week mask. Instructions say to leave on for 3-5 mins., but I leave it on for 10 mins., then wet my fingertips with warm water and exfoliate by making small circles all over my face until the mask has loosened up, then rinse with warm water.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2011 6:46:15 AM PDT
Sarah P says:
Hydroquinone, in addition to causing cancer, is very likely to turn your skin orange. I speak from experience, as well as established studies.

I did experience positive results while using Vivite therapy, which contains no hydroquinone.

Posted on Jan 3, 2012 6:59:46 PM PST
A. Jones says:
Nutra Luxe MD Snow White Whitening Day Creme, 1.0-Ounce Box

I've used Nutra Luxe MD Show White Whitening Day Creme... I've seen good results! Nutra Luxe is nice because they are free of all harmful ingredients - I use a lot of their products. :)

Give them a try!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2012 9:24:34 PM PST
FiggyLeaf says:
I see ABSOLUTELTY nothing listed in the ingredient list for Nutra Luxe MD Snow White Whitening Day Creme.

Posted on Mar 11, 2012 8:25:30 PM PDT
Shaimun says:
I realize the majority of you here are women. Any men have any tips for me? Or an Esthetician who knows more about men's skin. Or it doesn't matter?
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