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What Can You Do About Uneven Pigmentation?

If you have problems with uneven pigmentation, you're not alone. A recent study by Mintel, a market research firm, found that it's a top concern for women, more so than stretch marks and visible pores, the New York Times reports.

The cause of discoloration is varied: For younger gals, hormones are often the culprit; For older gals, sun damage is typically responsible; and for those with sensitive or darker skin, the blotchy spots tend just tend to stick around a lot longer. "A pimple can resolve in a week, but leave a mark on more heavily pigmented skin that lasts for months," said dermatologist Dr. Susan Taylor. Find out what ingredients and methods combat uneven pigmentation when you


Simply put, prescriptions from a doctor are the speediest option. "With over-the-counter it can take anywhere from 8 to 16 weeks to see results," said Dr. Leslie Baumann. By that time, your expensive cream might already be gone. On the flip side, many over-the-counter treatments are a lot cheaper than services available at the doctor's office.

Regardless what method you choose, one of the most common ingredients used in evening out pigment is hydroquinone, although the safety of this product is under fire. From retinoids to soy to kojic acid to licorice extract, there are other options, and the options are aplenty. Look for brightening and illuminating products, like Aveda's Embrightenment line ($45 to $177) or Kiss My Face Potent and Pure Brightening Day Creme ($17). But, when it comes down to it, it looks like patience is your best friend on this one, particularly when done on the cheap.

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ShelleyHFan ShelleyHFan 8 years
thanks for the info bella!
plasticine1 plasticine1 8 years
are freckles like the picture really a big deal? a lot of hispanic women have those on their chest and i think they're even desirable, shows that you go to the beach a lot. i heard this happens because you allow yourself to dry under the sun
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Neutrogena always comes through!
tglynn tglynn 8 years
ugh. This is my biggest beauty problem ever. I have polycystic ovary syndrome and went about 5 years before I was diagnosed, and a horrible side effect is large patches of dark skin, MUCH MORE than just freckles or spots. It's called acanthosis nigricans and a lot of women with hormonal or endocrine disorders have it. It made me feel awful, but I've been seeing a dermatologist and using hydroquinone to help lighten them.
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
oh, and I love my Burt's Bees herbal blemish stick for on the go treatment.
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
I've been using Neutrogena Advanced Solution Facial Peel and saw differences in a week! I also love using the Ambi face lotion and Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer.
soapbox soapbox 8 years
Uneven pigmentation doesn't bug me, because there's nothing I could really do about it. I could spend tons of money on products/doctors, but it'll always there. Same with stretch marks/visible pores. I just accept them 'cause you can't be perfect.
beautifulmel beautifulmel 8 years
My grandma always used this cream to get rid of freckles-- which I didn't understand at the time, being only 10. But I have this "brown spot remover" cream that works well to keep problem areas under control.
haha way to go emma?
emma-noel emma-noel 8 years
ssometimes i look @ myself in da mirror and i think y cant evry1 b as wonderful as i am
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