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No good for age spots;Good for skin lightening;OK for Melasma
on March 5, 2017
Fades rest of my hands when I apply it directly but not my age spots. It does help somewhat with my facial melasma. I will continue to use it as I did pay for it, but initially like others I was scared of applying directly onto my skin so I mixed it with my moisturizer using about a 1:3 ratio of it to my moisturizer. I waited for 2 weeks but I saw no changes whatsoever so I then used a Q-tip and dabbed it onto my spots and my melasma for 2 weeks but again no results. Finally I decided it was time to up the ante so I applied it with my fingers directly onto the back of my hands and my cheeks where my melasma is present. (To my delight I realized I had been wasting the liquid since the Q-tip was absorbing so much.) There was a definite lightening of my hands so I had to apply more of the extract further up my arms to prevent the clear distinction of where I had applied the extract initially. It has been 4 months now and I think my facial melasma has improved, but I do avoid the sun by wearing sunscreen all the time along with a hat despite the weather. Alas, my age spots remain the same however the skin on the back of my hands appear "natural" and not artificially bleached. I do not use hydroquinone as it made my spots darker and was told it can cause cancer so that's why I seek more organic products. I do not use make up except for a lip stain (EWG safe) which I then top off with SPF lip balm. Until I find something else, this is what my "Harvard" trained Dermatologist sold me in his brand for such an expensive price but he said it was Arbutin and that I would never find it anywhere so I will order it from you again. He and his staff mentioned Harvard so many times that I thought I was on an episode of Frasier. Obvi I will not be seeing him back!