The claim See spots run! Lightening creams such as Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair Moisturizer ($21) and Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector ($50) diminish the look of brown spots. What dermatologists say They’re worth a try, says Alicia Zalka, M.D., a dermatologist and founder of Surface Deep, a skin-care website. But she adds that because the sun is a main culprit in darkening already visible spots, lighteners should be topped with a broad-spectrum sunscreen, ideally one with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Most of the ingredients in spot-removing products—including hydroquinone, glycolic and lactic acid, kojic acid, niacinamide, and derivatives of vitamin A (retinol, tretinoin) or vitamin C—are fairly risk-free, according to Zalka. But retinol and tretinoin aren’t recommended for pregnant women, and the Food and Drug Administration has requested further study of hydroquinone to determine whether it harms the skin or contributes to cancer. If you’d rather use a natural lightener, ingredients to look for include arbutin, emblica powder, mulberry extract, and licorice, Robinson says. If you don’t see improvement after four to eight weeks of using a drugstore product, check in with your dermatologist; there are more-aggressive prescription options that have the same active ingredients but in higher concentrations.
Dark spot remover
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