Pigment Control

Pigment Control

Regular price $60.00

DESCRIPTION

Hydroquinone helps limit skin from creating an excess amount of melanin, which is what gives skin its colour. Too much melanin clustered together leads to the brown spots. Hydroquinone steps in to interrupt this process, causing brown spots to gradually fade.

With daily usage, you can expect hydroquinone to produce visible results within 2-3 months (8-12 weeks) of consistent use.

Kojic acid is reported to inhibit melanin production and is used in topical preparations for the treatment of hyperpigmentation. It also brightens uneven skin tone.

Sun protection is a key part of any skincare routine, but this is especially important if you’re going to use skin-lightening products. Ensure adequate skin-protection is being used.

CLINICAL INFORMATION

Hydroquinone

Management of melasma can be challenging and requires long-term treatment with topical agents. The results are often unsatisfactory and topical agents may sometimes cause significant adverse reactions. Hydroquinone has remained the gold standard of topical treatment but concerns regarding its side effects remain. A triple combination of hydroquinone, retinoic acid, and corticosteroids has been suggested to be the first-line topical treatment for this pigmentary disorder. Many new agents that inhibit melanogenesis have been developed. Although in vivo and in vitro experimental studies have suggested their potential role in the management of melasma, controlled clinical trials are mostly lacking and are urgently needed in the future.

  • Indian J Dermatol. 2009 Oct-Dec; 54(4): 303–309.

Kojic Acid

Kojic (KA) acid is used at concentrations ranging from 1 to 4%. In one double-blind study, KA 2% combined with HQ 2% was shown to be superior to glycolic acid (GA) 10% and HQ 2%. Another double-blind study compared GA 5% with either HQ 4% or KA 4% for three months. Both combinations proved equally effective with a reduction of pigmentation in 52% of the patients. KA may be effective if a patient has difficulty tolerating other first-line therapies. It may cause contact dermatitis and erythema.

  • Indian J Dermatol. 2009 Oct-Dec; 54(4): 303–309.
DIRECTIONS

Apply to the affected area(s) ONCE or TWICE daily for 8-12 weeks depending on skin sensitivity.

  • It takes about four weeks on average for the ingredient to take effect. It may take several months of consistent use before you see full results.
  • You must be using a minimum of SPF 30+ every day. Unprotected skin with sun exposure is the root cause of most pigmented spots, so by not using sunscreen daily means, you won’t see the results you want, no matter how well formulated the lightening product may be.
  • Can use as a spot treatment for very stubborn spots to lighten those first before applying to your whole face.
  • Integrate this product slowly into your skin by using every 2nd-3rd day for one week then slowly increase usage.

Test patching

Before commencing treatment, you may want to test for allergic reaction over 24 hours with a small patch of cream behind your ear or inside of your forearm.

INGREDIENTS

Aqua purificata, Cetearyl alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Isohexadecane, Isododecane, C13-C15 alkane, Glyceryl stearate, PEG-75 stearate, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Hydroquinone 2%, Kojic Acid 2%, Polysorbate 20, Polyurethane-39, Stearyl behenate, Cetyl alcohol, Tocopheryl acetate, Ascorbic acid, Sodium bisulfite, Benzoic acid (0.09%), Sorbic acid (0.09%)