Exuviance Targeted Filler T5
Aging, Exuviance, Hyperpigmentation (Age Spots), Skin Care Advice, Skin Care Product Reviews

Recommended Under Makeup: Exuviance Targeted Filler T5

Recently, a PR agency for Exuviance mailed me the Exuviance Targeted Filler T5 ($60.00, Amazon.com). The filler contains brightening glucosamine and palmitoyl oligopeptide (also known as Matrixyl) in a unique syringe-like applicator that helps to fill wrinkles as it corrects them. For what the science says, read on. Glucosamine N-acetyl glucosamine is an ingredient that has […]

Kojic Acid vs. Hydroquinone
Hydroquinone, Hyperpigmentation (Age Spots), Ingredient Spotlight, Kojic Acid, Skin Care Advice

Which is Better: Kojic Acid or Hydroquinone?

We have received some questions form FutureDerm readers wondering if kojic acid or hydroquinone is better at treating hyperpigmentation. To answer this question in a word: hydroquinone. A study in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology reported kojic acid alone is less efficacious than 2% hydroquinone in treating hyperpigmentation (i.e., sun spots, uneven skin pigmentation, and the like). Kojic acid […]

NEOVA Reveal Exfoliator
Age Spots, Aging, Anti-aging, Exfoliators, Hyperpigmentation (Age Spots), Normal-to-Dry Skin, Normal-to-Oily Skin, Oily Skin, Sagging Skin, Wrinkles

NEOVA Reveal Exfoliator Review

Beauty companies are always coming out with something new, so it takes a lot to excite me nowadays. (I guess you could call me jaded, beauty product fans). But NEOVA Reveal Exfoliator ($42.00, FutureDerm.com/Shop) is a real win. According to the company, NEOVA Reveal Exfoliator is “a new, high-performance glycolic exfoliator that rids dead surface cells from skin’s surface to […]

Skin Bleaching
Age Spots, Hydroquinone, Hyperpigmentation (Age Spots), Skin Care Advice, Skin Care Product Reviews, Specialized treatments | Tagged

What Are the Best Products with Hydroquinone?

In one of my favorite episodes of Sex and the City, Miranda talks about her “secret single behavior,” where she likes to go and clip her toenails while watching bad TV. Skin bleaching is a little like that: It’s something that many people do, but refuse to share with others. In fact, 77% of women in […]

Kojic Acid
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5 Things You Never Knew About Kojic Acid

If retinol is the gold standard of anti-aging ingredients, alpha hydroxy acids are the silver. And if hydroquinone is the gold standard of skin lightening and hyperpigmentation-fighting ingredients, kojic acid may very well be the runner-up. Yet little is known about this effective skin brightener and lightener. 1.) Kojic acid is not poisonous (cytotoxic) to […]

Skin Bleaching
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9 Things You Must Know About Skin Bleaching — Starting With The Knowledge 1 in 3 Women Worldwide Do or Have Done It

There are certain things you are not supposed to talk about at the dinner table: money, sex, and politics. And then there are the things that you are never supposed to talk about anywhere – maybe your family’s biggest secret, your friend’s miscarriage, that moment you and your not single co-worker shared in Bora Bora five years […]

Lasers 101: Nonablative Lasers and Unwanted Pigments with Dr. Jessica Krant
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Lasers 101: Nonablative Lasers and Unwanted Pigments with Dr. Jessica Krant

As we discussed in the first part of this series, Laser Therapy 101: Ablative Lasers and Skin Resurfacing, laser therapy describes a treatment that uses precise beams of light to heat, cut, burn, or destroy precise tissue targets. Ablative lasers (lasers that cut or burn more deeply) are more aggressive for skin resurfacing or lesion […]

What are the Best Treatments for Hyperpigmentation?
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What are the Best Treatments for Hyperpigmentation?

“Out, damned spot!” is often an exclamatory phase spoken in laundry detergent ads, but it should be echoed in beauty product ads just as often. In the U.S., the best-selling beauty products in skin care are sun protection, anti-aging, acne, and hyperpigmentation treatments (in descending order). But in the global market, hyperpigmentation treatments are number […]

Age Spots, Hyperpigmentation (Age Spots), Skin Care Advice

Why Does It Take So Long to Treat Hyperpigmentation?

One of the most bothersome and disfiguring characteristics of cutaneous inflammatory conditions such as acne and rosacea is not the condition itself, but the residual discoloration or hyperpigmentation that is left behind. Even with efficacious treatments, this hyperpigmentation can linger for months. But why is that? How can pimples disappear after one week, while the […]

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Spotlight On: Niacinamide

Niacinamide is an amazing ingredient. According to Bissett et. al., niacinamide does it all: reduces fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmented spots, red blotchiness, and skin sallowness (yellowing), and increases elasticity. Further, according to a 2005 study by Draelos et. al., niacinamide may help alleviate some of the symptoms of rosacea by increasing hydration and barrier […]