skin cream for brown spots and pigment

Lytera Skin Brightening Complex


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Size: 2 fl. oz

Who It's For

Mild to moderate brown spots or other pigmentation problems and for those who can't or don't want to use hydroquinones.

Dr. Irwin's Product Review

SkinMedica Lytera Skin Brightening Complex contains 9 different actives (but no percentages listed) including Vitamin B5, Vitamin C, Retinol, Tetrapeptide-30, a licorice extract and more. Small studies show similar results to prescription-strength hydroquinone 4% but without the irritation or potential toxicity. Good alternative to hydroquinones in the winter and for anyone who is allergic to or irritated by hydroquinones.

SkinCeuticals has also come out with Advanced Pigment Corrector. We don’t know yet which of these two works best. I recommend trying one for 3 months and then the other for 3 months and see which works best until we have more information. Please remember that none of these, including prescription strength hydroquinones, offer miracles for pigment problems.

How to Use

Once or twice a day on cleansed skin.  Note that the cream comes out a light caramel color, not white.  My bias is to put any antioxidant or cell growth factors on first, and then the lightening cream. Then use a high zinc (>10%) sunscreen and double layer with a 2nd sunscreen like the Colorscience powder. 


Water/Aqua/Eau, Niacinamide, Butylene Glycol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Polyacrylate-13, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tetrapeptide-30, Hexylresorcinol, 4-Ethoxybenzaldehyde,Retinol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Ethyl Linoleate, Dunaliella Salina Extract, Tocopherol, Squalane, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Phytic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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