What are the Best Brightening Ingredients in Skin Care?

Q&A, Skin Care

*u*, a photo by sam_samantha on Flickr. Dear Nicki, Thank you for sharing these great cosmetics. What do you think are the best skin-brightening ingredients in skin care products? -Chelsea Dear Chelsea, Brightening the skin means addressing all kinds of potential problems: hyperpigmentation, melasma, dark age spots, dullness, and general discolorations. Provided that someone is Read more »

Interview with Dermatologist Dr. Jeanine Downie, M.D. About Melasma


Recently I was honored with the privilege to interview Dr. Jeanine Downie, M.D., about the treatment and prevention of melasma.  Although Dr. Downie is an expert in many realms of dermatology, she specializes in pigmentary disorders, and is particularly passionate about the topic, having been personally diagnosed with melasma in her early twenties. Dr. Downie is Read more »

Spotlight On: Kojic Acid and the Best Hyperpigmentation Treatments


According to Dr. Leslie Baumann‘s Cosmetic Dermatology, kojic acid (5-hydroxy-2-(hydroxymethyl)-4-pyrone) is used in skin care formulations to lighten the skin, like another agent, hydroquinone. However, while hydroquinone works by inhibiting the activity of tyrosinase by acting as a melanocyte cytotoxic inhibitor and by increasing the cytotoxicity of melanocytes (melanin-producing cells), kojic acid lightens the skin Read more »

Spotlight On: Hydroquinone


Photo: Tri-Luma, a prescription-strength hydroquinone-steroid-retinoid treatment, is used to treat melasma and dark spots for eight weeks. Since 1982, hydroquinone has been FDA-approved for the treatment of freckles, melasma, and general brown patching. Today, hydroquinone is the most commonly used bleaching agent in the United States. Over time, hydroquinone has acquired a much-deserved high reputation Read more »