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Nine pigmentation formulas that actually work

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Uneven skin tone—brownish patches on the cheeks, upper lip, nose and forehead—are a common but distressing problem for many women. These dark spots, also called pigmentation, are caused by hormonal changes and sun exposure. Until recently, the only way to treat pigmentation was with lasers, but this is a costly and time intensive option. Enter pigmentation creams that gradually fade away those unsightly brown spots. Rule of thumb: avoid pigmentation creams that contain hydroquinone because it can thin skin, making the problem worse in the long term. Instead use products with natural skin lightening ingredients such as kojic acid or alpha-arbutin. Other skin lighters like bearberry leaves extract and undecylenoyl phenylalanine block melanin production (that causes darkening).  Use a combination of topical lotions or gels containing melanin-inhibiting ingredients along with a sunscreen and a prescription retinoid to restore your glow.

Here’s a list of the best pigmentation creams:


Fabindia Vitamin E Cream De-Pigmentation

Rs. 2,099.00
Size: 15 ml
Why it works
  • The no chemical formula prevents skin darkening and reduces blemishes and dark spots.
  • The buttery soft texture easily blends into your skin without feeling heavy.
  • It also moisturizes your skin leaving it soft and smooth.

Auriga Melaclear Cream 30Ml

Rs. 1,650.00
Size: 30 ml
Why it works
  • Contains Octadecenoic acid that fights the factors that trigger pigmentation and Système ROS Modulateur, powerful antioxidants that prevent pigmentation to recur.
  • An ideal complement to Melaclear serum as it prolongs the action of the serum which prevents and acts on pigment stains.

Vichy Ideal White Deep Corrective Whitening Emulsion

Rs. 2,350.00
Size: 50 ml
Why it works
  • Contains Ceramide, a melanin inhibitor and LHA, a powerful skin surface illuminator that hydrate and lighten skin for up to eight hours
  • Protects against further pigmentation, improves transparency, clarity and luminosity of the skin.
  • Fast penetrating, refreshing, matte gel emulsion.
  • Complexion feels clear, transparent and luminous.

Bioderma White Objective Serum

Rs. 2,350.00
Size: 30 ml
Why it works
  • This night care pigmentation cream with patented W.O. complex, lightens, evens out and illuminates the complexion.
  • Vitamin C is gradually released to decrease melanin pigment in the skin, gradually eliminating brown spots and preventing their reappearance.
  • Vitamin C has proven efficacy in reducing existing hyperpigmentation and preventing future pigmentation.
  • Bioderma innovation, the patented White Objective works on the main mechanisms that cause skin pigmentation; and the intensive 'peeling' action of Glycolic Acid triggers the elimination of heavily pigmented cells, reduces the intensity of the brown spots and reveals a radiant face.

Kaya Pigmentation Reducing Complex

Rs. 3,700.00
Size: 30 ml
Why it works
  • Azelaic acid helps reduce dark spots, age spots, tanning and pigmentation marks.
  • The light-texture helps in easy absorption.
  • Hydrating nature of the actives improves the feel of skin and keeps it soft and healthy.

Lakme Absolute Perfect Radiance Intense Lightening Light Day Creme SPF 20 PA ++

Rs. 335.00
Size: 50 gm
Why it works
  • An innovative day crème with sunscreen that delivers a power dose of skin lightening vitamins and antioxidants that enhance the skin's radiance.
  • The breakthrough Continuous Release Technology releases potent Skin Lightening Vitamins into the skin's epidermal cells through the day.
  • The Deep Derma Action goes several layers deep to control excess melanin production and fight the six blocks to fairness at the source.

Neutrogena Fine Fairness Serum

Rs. 1,399.00
Size: 50 ml
Why it works
  • Neutrogena Healthy White Complex inhibits the production of melanin to give skin a healthy and radiant glow.
  • Absorbs easily into your skin and refines your skin texture.
  • It's alcohol and oil free.

Olay White Radiance Intensive Brightening Serum

Rs. 1,299.00
Size: 50 ml
Why it works
  • Intensive treatment with high concentration of whitening active and dual color vitamin beads, CelLucent™ whitening active, Vitamin B3, Natural Plant Whitening Extract and Niacinamide.
  • Tackles surface and hidden whitening issues such as spots, darkness, and uneven skin tone.
  • Non greasy formula. For best results use with a UV cream/lotion during day time.

Vichy Ideal White Brightening Deep Cleansing Foam

Rs. 1,550.00
Size: 100 ml
Why it works
  • A specially formulated face wash that combines Bio-Assimilated Ceramide and LHA which significantly decreases the skin's pigmentation load and exfoliates melanin-filled dead cells accumulated on the surface.
  • Skin feels clean, fresh and significantly fairer and more uniform.
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